Quote Originally Posted by Rol_Lei Nut View Post
My "standard" *is* that of a good prime lens.

The Rollei 35, Minox 35 and a number of others do fit that bill allowing top quality enlargents which can be qualitatively as good as those from just about any lens out there.

In my experience, the XA and XA4 perform at a much lower level.

Well I don't have a Rollei 35 or Minox 35, but the very good P&S Nikon L35ad lens i.e. 35mm f2.8 IIRC is based on the sonnar design, yet it can't equal my Canon FD 35mm f2.8 in an enlargement test....I'm not complaining but accepting that there might be the laws of optics preventing compact lenses in most P&S equaling SLR primes.