Wombat - shot in 'Standard' mode with contrast turned up one notch. Turned down high ISO noise reduction and kept long exposure NR turned off (though neither would have impacted these shots). FYI I had to micro adjust +6.
Sparda - I wouldn't call it horrible, not as bad as some examples posted here and elsewhere, but I definitely noticed the softness. It made a huge difference performing the micro adjust.
I am not noticing any inconsistencies at different focal lengths/distances as some others have reported. For me, the one time MFA adjustment fixed the softness issue full stop.