Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Saga Continues

News flash -- Shop owners at the south east corner of Spadina & Dundas reported that a suspicious man was seen taking pictures outside of a gift shop, three days in a row around noon. They were quoted as saying this man used a weird looking picture taking device, oblivious to strange stares from passersby and took pictures of nicknacks from different angles.  The giftshop owner said that "this weird fellow used some kind of strange contraption to photograph my stuff.  That thing looks revolting!"  No arrest has been made, but shop owners are debating whether or not to call the authorities before something worse happens.

OK, jokes aside, I did another test today at the same place.  I was a little apprehensive going to the same place again, but you got to do what you got to do!  Today it's the Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4 QBM vs. EL-Nikkor 50mm f2.8.

Colour differences aside, it's tough to see much difference in sharpness, although the EL-Nikkor still wins wide open, against the Planar two stops down, in terms of absolute sharpness.  It's a very close call though.  Unless you look at them at 100%, you won't find differences in sharpness.  I do prefer the Planar's way of rendering the picture more.

EL-Nikkor 50mm f2.8 @ f2.8. Click to see larger.

Rollei QBM Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4 @ f2.8. Click to see larger.

Pixel Peeping at 100%.  click to see 100% crop.


  1. gee ... that's close ... personally I think that the Nikkor is just that wee itty bitty bit sharper.

    value for money puts the Nikkor ahead if you ask me.

    So tell me again why lenses are so dear?

  2. What impresses more is that the EL-Nikkor is wide open, while the Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 is two stops down.