Difficult to read with the frequent and odd interjections ...
....yes I would have been surprised by the 24PC as well.ZF15 is a very large, massive lens.
ZF18 It's performance is not quite as good as the 15.
ZF21 is about the same net IQ as the 18
ZF35: Horrible resolution and excessive CA at 1.4 and 2 across the image, totally unusable at these apertures by anybody's standards.
17-35 Nikkor Zoom: Bottom line if I owned this zoom, I probably would not buy a ZF18, or a ZF21, or even a ZF35!
the 15 would be nice to own -- but then I rarely shoot that wide and have the 24 I can shift for essentially that same FoV if/when I need it.
With the 21 and 18 performance being so close.
The real surprise for me here is the 24 PC
The views demonstrated here are nothing like the experiences of the Zeiss user and they are shared across multiple brands but in particular Nikon and Canon. We rarely see the zf18 in any discussion or images and its not regarded as anything a seasoned user would care to own. I'm the baby of the group at FM but the gallery there is an undeniable contradiction to the results here.
Actual MFT data is available for each of these lenses and qualifies any discussion of optical property. Beyond this what is there but the photographers own preferences which are again evident in the replies of this thread.
The current Zeiss designs are not from the film era and I've already had an old soldier tell me that "back in the day, sonny" ...but the realities are that these are new designs and are for a palate that is disappointed with the likes of the Nikkors 20, 28, 35, 50 and 105 and further we are disappointed with the 14-24 the 24-70 and the 70-200.
Zeiss, horrible things they are ...don't even have AF.
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