9 out of 10 points and recommendedStellar performance at infinity, 0.17 m minimum focusing distanceStrong field curvature at close focusing range
If you shoot landscapes or anything beyond 1.5m this is a must have lens. Sharpness is superlative down to the last corner pixel even wide open. Suffers from field curvature at close range which will cause blurry corners.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $1,000)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedExtremely sharp at all focusing distances and apertures.CA and vignetting quite elevated but not problematic.
Corners not perfect at infinity but all the rest is great!reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $1,100)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent sharpness from f/2.8A bit hazy wide open but the resolution is there
This is an excellent lens by all accounts. Wide open there is strong haze which can be used to good effect for portraits but can be problematic for other uses such as shooting landscapes at f/1.4 ;)reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $750)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedSmall, light, decent image quality.AF very slow, hunts a lot even in good light, IQ not good enough for a macro
I use this lens very often for product shots. IQ is quite good but no wow factor. A decent lens.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $900)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent IQ, nice bokeh, max aperture.Contrast a bit low, weight and size, some flare without hood.
This lens shines at medium and short range shooting with high sharpness and beautiful bokeh. The ultimate portrait lens.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $1,600)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharpest lens ever, high contrast and 3D rendering.AF hunting occasionally, some LoCA but nothing serious.
This lens is almost perfect in every way. Stellar at infinity, stellar at medium and short range, high contrast and micro-contrast, pronounced 3D rendering. An exemplary Zeiss lens.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $1,500)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent sharpness, light and small, color, 3D.Focusing ring not good for MF.
This is a very nice small and light weight lens. Image quality is excellent by f/2.8 and it has typical Minolta colors and a lot of 3D too.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $350)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent sharpness and contrast, Zeiss colors, size, distortion.None.
Very sharp across the frame at all apertures, except at infinity where the very extreme corners need to close down to f/5.6 to sharpen up. Results are simply amazing. Even at f/2 it is as good as it gets.reviewed February 5th, 2011 (purchased for $1,500)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedVery nice IQ even wide openToo dark for most uses
This lens produced some really sharp photos even wide open. However if shooting in any condition except bright sunlight, maximum aperture is too small for anything. Color a bit on the warm side.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $900)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent center sharpness, build quality, contraststrong field curvature
Excellent IQ for an UWA zoom. Field curvature can cause blurry corners but otherwise perfect.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $2,000)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent IQ contrast 3D, all the Zeiss goodiesHuge, heavy, front extends through zooming, field curvature at WA
Excellent sharpness overall but corners can be sometimes problematic due to field curvature. Curiously there is very little to no curvature beyond 35mm FL. An excellent standard zoom.reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $1,800)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedCenter and corner sharpness, bokeh, 3D, color, size.Price, resolution dip in zone B, above average corner CA.
This lens is much better that what the MTF make you believe. It has obviously not been designed for macro work, so results up close are not very sharp, though quite artistic. At infinity, it is very sharp across the frame by f/5.6 and is very suitable for landscapes. There is a dip in resolution in the mid frame, probably due to field curvature, but it is barely visible at small apertures. At portrait distances, it has a soft contrast rendition with deep saturated colors and a lot of 3D. Very nice lens altogether.reviewed February 5th, 2011 (purchased for $1,700)