In my original post I used image size reduction in Photoshop which did not help in viewing the actual differences between the images of the two lenses.
The images are now reduced in size by using JPG quality compression instead (not size reduction) without any visible loss in quality. This should hopefully reflect the differences between the lenses better!
One final note: the differences are (mainly) visible at 100% crop and obviously with some pixel-peeping. Still, the quality differences are visible (at least to my eye); everyone can and should make their own decision as to the extent these differences merit a choice in one lens over the other. All I can say for myself, is that I’m even happier I selected the new Fluorite lens over its predecessor.
Life/Nature, November 16 2015