From the Zeiss 21 wideangle thread: http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/...-8-d800-e.html, I decided to start a thread on how the f1.4 Nikkors render, since it appears many of us are interested in them specifically.
Here are some quick grabs I did while on the road this morning with my 35/1.4G and 50/1.4G. I only took these four shots, 35 at f 1.4 then f5.6 and 50 at f1.4 then f5.6, so we do not have any criticality here, just an initial set of examples to start the discussion. I focused on the passport using live-view. I processed all identically in C1 at base values, WB'd off the second white patch in the 35/5.6 frame and applied that same WB to all images. Due to the different framing OR the lenses themselves, both 50 frames came in 1/3 stop hotter according to the mid gray patch, so I reduced exposure on the two 50mm shots by -0.34 to match exposure to the 35. I did not move the tripod, only changed lenses, so you can easily tell which frame is which exposure. (Note: for whatever reason the 35/1.4 shot at f1.4 registers f1.6 in the EXIF -- I am pretty darn sure it was set to f1.4 by the top LCD, so not sure how this one got to f1.6 or if it's an EXIF glitch -- regardless, I do not believe it skews the results too severely as this is not a critical comparison at this point.)
I am only on my laptop, but they look pretty darn close to me from a color rendering standpoint, and heck, even drawing standpoint. I see the 35 showing a touch more contrast and the 50 being a touch more open and the higher contrast of the 35 may be adding a touch of saturation, but again, I am only my 13" MBA right now. I will need to see them on my big monitor before putting my stake in the ground, but at this point I think I either have a better copy of the 50/1.4g than others have experienced OR I have a poor copy of the 35/1.4G --- or maybe you are just more fussy than me! You all tell me which:
Here they are: