The best way I can describe this lens is that it renders artistic versus a lens that renders realistic. It's a very specific tool, but works great when you want to give your shots a little something extra. I also shot the set above with a 70-200mm and those shots turned out nice too, but paired with the 50mm 1.1, I was able to capture the best of both worlds!"Sonnar Magic" is an appropriate term for this lens.
Symmetric lenses are easy to figure out how they work. Put two similar lenses back-to-back and they cancel out aberrations, like two prisms first splitting white light into a rainbow and then back to white light again.
After taking apart many Sonnar lenses, given the optical properties of making a Tele-Photo front end work with an achromat-
"Sonnar Magic" is appropriate. Light going through a Sonnar is in for a wild-ride.
I shot with RF as well as the LV.... At any rate, those landscapes and cityscape shots were all done at infinity... Set with the focus aid magnification and with so many details at various distances, something should be focused well enough to be as sharp as the lens allows... The close up portrait shots were more pleasing, but again, a soft lens is always more flattering to the face shots.Agree, that's not sharp. If you were shooting RF was there a chance that the coupling was off compared to your camera?
It's possible that it focuses past infinity. However with the LV (I have the OVF too) the focus should be dead on... Anyway, look at the sample I got with the Elmarit.....Hmmm. Any chance the lens just allowed for a bit "post-infinity?" Apparently that's done on certain types of lenses to allot for temperature extremes and other factors ...