I was told that prime lenses with low element counts have the potential to produce better colors and greater contrast than lenses with many many elements inside. I was told primes mostly 'render' better than zooms. Since even optical glass is not 100% transparent this sounds comprehensible to me but I really try to find an example to visualize that.
I took two images - one with a prime lens with 5 elements and one with a zoom lens with 19 elements at the same focal length and aperture. Same settings - same camera. Both images are untouched. Can you tell a difference in rendition, color saturation, contrast or micro contrast? (Im not looking for a comparison in sharpness or which lens is better). Of course there is a noticeable difference, but can you tell which is which?
Im going to add the information which image is which after I got some comments or answers. I want you to choose and tell me the difference. Maybe you can give an even better exmaple. Im really interested in the results.
EDIT: Image A is taken with the Nikkor 200-500mm F/5.6 zoom lens and image B is taken with an older Nikkor Ai-s 200mm F/4, both at 200mm F/5.6