Head-to-Head Test 2:
The next test was done outside, and is of the front of a building. Focus distance was about 20 feet or so. These shots were done hand-held, but due to the copious light and high shutter speeds for all shots, there should be no chance for camera shake to influence the results. I will not be showing the whole picture, as it is my place of employment, but I will be showing the center and corner crops. In these shots, the corner is taken from the upper right corner. I have included crops at f/2.8 and f/8. Again, shots were originally taken with the Zeiss, then I moved back one or two steps and framed the shot identically with the 14mm.
Again, click to enlarge, then click the green arrow at the bottom of the screen to go to 100%.
Again, similar trends emerge, however in this test, the Fuji 14mm doesn’t have the lagging corners that were present in the closer focus test. In the outdoor test, while the Zeiss 12mm is quite sharp across the whole frame, the Fuji 14mm is sharper at all points. It is especially noticeable in the final crop, which is just left of the focus point, where you can really see a difference between the two lenses.
I will continue to shoot with the Zeiss 12mm over the coming week, and will be writing my full review soon (Edit: Full review here). In addition to these tests, I have already shot a fair bit with the Zeiss 12mm in real world situations, and so far, it appears to be right in line with these tests. The Touit 12mm is a good lens. A very good lens, in fact. But the Fuji 14mm appears to be just a little bit better, all while coming in a smaller package and costing $350 less than the Zeiss.