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Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver

You Pay: $860.00

The Carl Zeiss range of T* ZM-mount lenses offers high standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes, especially useful when photographing products and architecture.

The Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM lens provides high resolving power, evenly distributed performance over the entire frame, and superb control over flare and ghosting. Ideal as the prime lens, for general use.

1/3 stop interval click stops allows for exact exposure
Precise 10 bladed aperture creates pleasing unfocused highlights
Wear resistant filter mount for long-term reliability in tough conditions
Filter Size 43mm
f/Stop Range 2-22
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (0.7 m)
Magnification 1:12
Angle of View 47 degrees
Groups/Elements 4/6
Length Not specified
Maximum Diameter Not specified
Weight 7.4 oz (210 g)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver
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    4.8

    (based on 21 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (14)
    • Nice bokeh (13)
    • Consistent output (11)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Durable (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low light (11)
      • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Night photography (5)
      • Weddings (4)
      • General purpose (3)
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      5.0

      awesome lens

      By the smirk

      from North Carolina

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

        I just moved from an autofocus to a rangefinder (Leica ME) and was looking for an affordable 50 mm. This is the one. It is well made and easy to work with.

        But as with all 50 mm you gotta get the focus right on, as the depth of field wide open is minimal. A 35 mm is much more forgiving in that regard.

        I bought a 3 party UV filter to protect the lens and also the Zeiss lens cap. Contrary to what some may say they work well together. Not sure whether the Zeiss lens cap is worth the money. It is big and really draws attention and yes, it blocks part of the viewfinder on the ME.

        But then compared to a summicron this lens is so much more affordable and at above 2.8 raiser sharp.

        Love the colors and the pop out of the main subject.

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        4.0

        Excellent lens

        By Gan

        from Malaysia

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Portrait

        Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

        Solidly built and produced very sharp images.

        *I am using it on Nex-6

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By AcroAv8r

        from Plano, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

          I bought this and the 35mm f/2.8 for my Leica M2 and they both ROCK! Very nice construction. Smooth movements and great image quality. I love the 1/3 stops. Makes sense, don't it? I am not sure why I waited in buying these.

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          5.0

          beautiful lens

          By Joseph

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Light
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits
            • Street

            Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

            Perfect complement to my Zeiss ZM 35mm f2. Colors, sharpness, bokeh are all superb. Shooting this on M9 body. Perfect for street, landscape, portraits, anything.

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            5.0

            Extremely Sharp

            By OneTwenty

            from Vancouver Canada

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                I use this on my Nex 7 and it really enhances the detail that's possible with a 24 mp sensor.Crisp focus is easy with focus peaking.Very pleased overall.

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                5.0

                Great "Normal" Lens

                By adeep

                from New Jersey

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                  After several years of my Leica kit consisting of a fabulous f1.4 35mm and an old terrific f2.8 90mm, I found myself craving a traditional normal 50. Used Leicas are still very expensive, so I researched Voightlander and Zeiss. Finally decided on the Zeiss f2.

                  I am delighted with the lens. It's sharp from corner to corner. Great bokah. Haven't seen any flare. Focus is a bit stiff but very accurate on my M9. It's become my go to lens for walking around with out a kit.

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                  5.0

                  Great Glass

                  By Jim T

                  from San Diego

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Heirloom Quaility
                  • Image quality
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portrait

                    Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                    I bought this lens as the prime for a Sony Nex -6 after exhaustive research (web reviews, camera shops and even a trade show). The combo is a gift for our daughter for her High School graduation. She is an absolute shutterbug and is thrilled with the lens and camera. I have had a chance to use it a fair amount and have major camera/lens envy. I will get this set up for myself soon. I am an avid outdoorsman/hunter and have always had great glass (Swarovski for rifles scopes and Leica for binoculars). After thousands of hours at sea and in the field I know what a difference great glass makes in clarity, light gathering, contrast and "pop". I simply see more with quality optics over lesser ones. Taking that same approach I figured a great lens will allow my camera to see more. I was right and the images are amazing over what I get over my Sony alpha with "good" lenses. This thing is wonderful especially at the price. Some of you may wonder why not get the new Zeiss Touit over this and I have two reasons. I look at cameras now as a computer that will be upgraded every 4 to 7 years but the lens will last a lifetime. The Touit is not full frame which limits its utility for future cameras be they a future Sony Nex full frame, Fuji mirror-less full frame or maybe even a Leica. Two the Touit feels a looks plasticity. The Zeiss ZM is all metal and spectacular in both look and feel. I wanted her to have an heirloom and the Zeiss ZM is one while the Touit is not. The lens works fine with the Voightlander adopter which is great as well.The focus peaking feature on the NEX makes manual focusing a snap. The camera will do all the shutter adjustments for you in auto mode and the light meter works in manual so you never have trouble with your exposure settings. Just set your aperture manually and go! It is a great combo that requires little sophistication to use.

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                    4.0

                    High quality optic; great price

                    By Ski

                    from Midwest

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

                          I shoot commercially and have found this lens to be the sharpest 50 I've ever used, and a great value for the money in an M-mount lens. Minimal distortion, great color. Nothing lost when shooting @ F2. It's not Leica-branded but at 25% the cost of the Leica, I can't complain! The only drawback... because it's not branded Leica, it probably won't hold it's value but I really had to search for this deficiency :)

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic Lens

                          By MJP

                          from Winnipeg, Canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Hood sold separately

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Street photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

                          I bought this lens to use with my Leica M3. Initially I was going to purchase the 50/f2 Summicron from Leica, but decided to save some money and go with this lens which was rumored to have similar optical quality. I use the M3 for street photography and I find this lens fits perfectly for that type of image taking.

                          I'm still getting familiar with the camera/lens but have so far been happy with the results. Any issues with sharpness and focus are due to me doing something incorrectly! build quality is excellent and the focus is really smooth.

                          Not only does the lens work well, it looks great on the old M3 (or any Leica M for that matter).

                          One minor disappointment is the lack of a lens hood. You have to buy it separately.

                          I'm very happy with this purchase and as always, my B&H experience.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By zeshootist

                          from VA, USA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

                            This is a stunning lens. Nice fast focusing with the tab and good ergonomics. Very sharp, as you know already if you have the good taste to look at this lens.

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                            5.0

                            Loving this!

                            By Stevhen

                            from Fort Worth, TX

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

                              This is my first Zeiss and I may still be in the honeymoon stage but I'm loving this lens. Shots have a buttery smoothness to them and look great. I am a fan of manual focus which works out because I have to use this lens with an adapter to fit my mount. So far so good.

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                              4.0

                              Lens is excellent. Returned my copy.

                              By reviewer

                              from DC

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • High contrast
                              • Lightweight
                              • No flare

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Documentary
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel

                                Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                I had a Hasselblad and liked how Zeiss optics drew the image. When Zeiss started new 35 mm lens series I jumped in and bought a ZE 35/2 and an old Canon 1N body. It is like having a Hasselblad in 35 mm format. But this combination is heavy. Eventually I bought Zeiss ZI and a 35/2 lens and later added 28/2.8 and 85/4. They are outstanding lenses - no flare, high contrast, good out of focus, sharp. Also ordered 50/2 from B&H and took some shots - excellent optics as well. Unfortunately the copy was mechanically defective - turning focusing and aperture rings produced a distinct grinding sound. Other lenses are smooth and silent. Clearly a quality control at Cosina is not perfect. Returned to B&H without a problem and am going to order another copy. ZM lenses ARE good. (Note: I shoot B&W).

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                                5.0

                                DSLR guy blown away by M8 w/ a Zeiss

                                By Brandon Skinner

                                from Encinitas, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light

                                  Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                  Coming from the DSLR world, my usual gear typically consisted of a Canon 1Ds III and a bevy of prime L glass. Tired of being dragged down by the weight of a big DSLR body and looking to get back to the fun of photography, I bought an M8 and a pair of Zeiss lenses (35mm and 50mm... both f/2). After my first solid week of shooting with the Zeiss 50mm, I was utterly blown away by the quality of the images from this lens.

                                  Some critiques I read before purchasing this lens described the sharpness as "clinical". After reviewing my first 8GB card full of images, I can tell you that maybe 1/4 of my shots did in fact have a clinical sharpness that was punctuated by ultra blurry OOF backgrounds at F2. Before any work in post I found those images a little too punchy, but it's so easy to soften up in PS/LR I wouldn't ever consider it to be a negative. Better to be too sharp than not sharp enough. The remaining 75% of images were absolute perfection... assuming I exposed correctly of course.

                                  I've never had a 'Cron or 'Lux to compare this lens to, but I can tell you that it beats the heck out my Canon 50mm f/1.2L when shooting at f/2.
                                  Besides the thing that matters the most- the RESULTS- the Zeiss has an excellent build quality and handles like an absolute quality product. As cool as it would be to have Leica glass, I think this lens will hold me over for many years to come.

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                                  5.0

                                  great lens with reasonable price tag

                                  By Li

                                  from vancouver

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Daily use
                                    • Potrait

                                    Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                    I use this lens with leica m9 for daily use. I think this is a good example of a fantastic compact lens. It gives fast speed, great sharpness while wide open at f2. Quality is great with everything metal. The rings are smooth. I absolutely love it. There is no other lens at this price range would perform like this one.

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                                    5.0

                                    Insane value, Incredible performance!

                                    By bobby novatron

                                    from Edmonton, AB

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • All-metal construction
                                    • Bold contrast
                                    • Durable
                                    • Excellent Color rendition
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Super-sharp

                                    Cons

                                    • It's not a Leica

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                    I have been an amateur photographer for about 25 years, and in the past few years have become more serious than ever in collecting gear and finding what works for my own artistic tastes.Although I shoot regularly with a digital SLR, I enjoy the slower pace and deeper involvement of using a rangefinder camera.I have owned several rangefinder lenses in the past few years, and when I was looking for a nice 50mm for my Leica M6, I did tons of research. I ended up buying a Zeiss 50/2 instead of a comparable Leica product.Let me just say that this lens is incredibly underrated. It excels in so many ways, it's crazy that Zeiss can sells it for their price point.This lens produces a 'wow' factor in a way that few other lenses can. Sharpness is incredible. Color depth is rich. Contrast is intense but controlled. The bokeh effects are neutral but pleasant.Is this lens for every rangefinder fan? No. Some people will not like the way it renders. I will definitely say this lens has that certain 'Zeiss' character -- strong color, razor sharp, and bold contrast.I find many of the Zeiss rangefinder lenses share these same qualities. They produce a 'modern' look that's not soft and relatively forgiving like a 1950's Summicron, considered by many (including myself) to be a fabulous 'classic' lens. The Zeiss almost seems clinical at times, in how it captures the image. Is this a bad thing? Not in my opinion.So who would really buy this lens? I think it's for open-minded camera enthusiasts (and pros) that don't want to break the bank and still get a fantastic price / performance ratio. Is it worth it to spend almost $1000 to get a Summarit, and lose 1/2 a stop on the aperture ring, not to mention more plastic on the body on 1/2-stop clicks? I really don't think so.This lens is world-class and Zeiss has knocked it out of the park with this product.

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                                    4.0

                                    Very Nice Lens

                                    By Kelly

                                    from Southern California

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Sharp
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Minimum Focus Distance

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Purpose
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                    I bought this lens to go on my NEX-5 using the Voigtlander NEX to M-Mount adapter. The lens is sharp wide open, no problem. It is beautifully built with 1/3 stop aperture ring and a very smooth focus operation. If the Leica crowd poo poo this as inferior build quality they have some very high standards indeed.

                                    Sharp, good shallow DoF, pleasure to use.

                                    Need to watch for strong backlighting which can make the bokeh a bit busy. Otherwise bokeh is good (not spectacular, but good). Also, as a DSLR user, the minimum focus distance is just a touch longer than I am used to. Not really a problem, but if you are always at minimum focus distance with your DSLR, be warned.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great lens

                                    By Rams

                                    from Indiana

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light

                                      Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                      Wonderful lens and at a fraction of the cost of the leica. Shoot it wide open no problem, tack sharp.

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                                      5.0

                                      a fantastic product!

                                      By bobby novatron

                                      from Edmonton, Canada

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                                      Pros

                                      • Excellent build quality
                                      • Great image quality
                                      • Nice Bokeh
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Street urban photos

                                        Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                        This is a great product that continues the Zeiss legacy. It is a product assembled by Cosina in Japan, but the lens design is German and 100% Zeiss.

                                        I have not used this lens on a digital camera, but I have used it on a Bessa R3A and a Leica M6. It is so incredibly sharp, it is astounding. The color rendering is also fantastic -- deep, vibrant color splashes from the image. Contrast is very balanced and background blur (bokeh) is neutral but tasteful. This lens definitely has a subtle "signature", and it's quite enjoyable.

                                        Chromatic aberrations are extremely well controlled, even wide open. Vignetting and distortion are virtually non-existent, at least in none of the real-world shots I've taken.

                                        If you're into rangefinder photography, I highly recommend this lens. It also is getting good reviews from people using it on non-Leica digital bodies via 4/3rds adapters.

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                                        5.0

                                        Zeiss Rangefinder Normal

                                        By JCE

                                        from Greensboro, NC

                                        About Me Semi-Professional

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                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Quick Focus
                                        • Sharp Focus

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use

                                          Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

                                          I've been an amateur and semi-pro photog for over 40 years and in that time I've used practically every camera and format you could think of but until recently I'd never used the 35mm rangefinder. I bought the new Zeiss ZM from B&H a couple of years ago just to see what it was like and it is no understatement to say that it has changed my life. I've always liked street photography but never realized how the SLR was holding me back. I originally got the ZM with the 28mm 2.8 and have had great success with it. The 50mm 2.0 I'm using mostly for quick portraiture and low available light but more and more I'm finding other uses for it. You just have to be a little more careful in your focusing. With the 28 I usually pre-focus for grab shots and let the great DOF take care of it. I highly recommend this gear. JCE

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                                          5.0

                                          Zeiss performance...wow

                                          By Jack Flack

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                          Pros

                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artwork
                                            • Photojournalism

                                            Comments about 50mm f/2 ZM Lens - Black:

                                            This lens is built incredibly well...I put it on a voightlander Bessa r3a body and I am getting clarity that is astounding. With the price of this lens, I find it hard to believe that leica can claim much of anything on the system I put together for only a grand. It naturally does not produce that Leica look, but it gives the Hass 500 series type feel only in 35 mm ....which I love so much...I shoot high ISO ilford film and adore what this lens is doing. I will get the 35 mm next. I would love to try it on a Leica M8 body. Photography equipment at its finest...I feel arrogant even reviewing it.

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