21mm / f8 Performance

Performance at 21mm: f8 (centre frame)

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Contax N 17-35mm at 21mm/f8 Nikon 17-35mm AFS at 21mm/f8
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Performance at 21mm: f8 (10mm off-centre, left side)

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Contax N 17-35mm at 21mm/f8 Nikon 17-35mm AFS at 21mm/f8
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Performance at 21mm: f8 (upper left corner)

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Contax N 17-35mm at 21mm/f8 Nikon 17-35mm AFS at 21mm/f8
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But by f8, the Nikon 17-35mm is sweeping the board: sharper across the whole frame: more open midtones, better microcontrast – it’s even more colour-neutral. The Contax’ sole remaining advantage is CA control: it’s still present in the Nikon capture.