Based on the recommendations of some members and a review of the images I took from a recent trip (I'll post some once I'm done processing) I'm in the market for a 35mm prime. My immediate reaction was to get my hands on a Zeiss 35/2; but Edward has shown the 35/1.4 G to be a very good performer, the minolta 35/2 also has a stellar reputation, then there is the voigtlander 40/2 that could be considered.
So I'm curious if there are other options. The requirements are that it be ~35mm, F2 or faster, be sharp and contrasty (center at all apertures, corner to corner by F5.6), have smooth out of focus transitions, reasonable close focus, and well controlled field curvature. I'm fine with manually stopping down the lens and manual focus (obviously as I'm considering the Zeiss).
Thanks for all/any feedback and suggestions.