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Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras

You Pay: $684.00

The Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Lens is a high-speed standard lens for the exacting 35mm SLR photographer. Considered by professional photographers to be one of the world's best SLR lenses (if not the best), this "ZE" lens is now available for the Canon EF (EOS) bayonet SLR system.

All existing exposure programs (P, AV, TV, M) and the AF verification function of the camera are supported, and lens information (focal length and speed) is passed on to the camera. Certain functions that require the use of AF lenses (various subject programs, A-DEP) are partially unavailable.

The Planar lens with its front-and-back symmetry was invented by Dr. Paul Rudolf and is one of the best-known Carl Zeiss T* lenses. It is remarkably effective in eliminating aberrations and possesses very high definition allowing contrast in the subject to be faithfully reproduced.

Precise mechanism enables exact manual focusing
Carl Zeiss T* lens coating
Special attention is paid to guarantee absolute color matching
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 45°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.60 x 2.72" (6.60 x 6.91 cm)
Weight 12.35 oz (350 g)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
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    ZeissNormal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
     
    4.8

    (based on 166 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (135)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (128)
    • Durable (123)
    • Nice bokeh (96)
    • Consistent output (91)
    • Rugged (81)

    Cons

    • Heavy (16)
    • Slow focus (16)
    • Blurry focus (4)
    • Manual focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (99)
    • Video (75)
    • Night photography (68)
    • Landscape/scenery (61)
    • Weddings (51)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (48), Pro photographer (44), Photo enthusiast (28), Professional (10), Photography student (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (116), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Love Love Love

    I received this lens back in November. It has become my main lens and rarely comes off my camera. At first I was a little nervous about the manual focus, but I even...Read complete review

    I received this lens back in November. It has become my main lens and rarely comes off my camera. At first I was a little nervous about the manual focus, but I even use this lens when I am photographing infants and small children. I love the creamy quality when shooting around 2.8. It is the perfect portrait lens. It beautifully captures my images. It is an added bonus that it is so light. It almost feels as though I do not have a lens on my camera at all! My only difficult is with focus below 2.8, but that has more to do with my right eye than with the lens.

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    Wonderfully unique, but not versatile

    After reading reviews right here on this website, I decided to purchase two Zeiss lenses from B&H. First let me tell you that the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 planar is one of the...Read complete review

    After reading reviews right here on this website, I decided to purchase two Zeiss lenses from B&H. First let me tell you that the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 planar is one of the sharpest - if not the sharpest lens - I have ever used. Sharper, in my opinion, than Canon's 35L. It's on par with the 135L for razor sharpness. The catch? You can't shoot it wide open - not even close. I found at f/1.4, through f/2 the images were just not useable for me. Too soft. By f/2.5 it sharpens up and then by f/3.5 it's razor sharp. The out-of-focus elements are beautiful - excellent bokeh. I used the lens both on my 50D (where it made a wonderful portrait lens) and as an all purpose lens on my 5D Mark II. Other things I noted: the color was much more pronounced than with other lenses I've used. More saturated and warmer. The build quality is fantastic. Solid. The lens could easily last an entire career. The manual focus ring was smooth and precise… you have to use a lens like this to appreciate manual focus. I didn't miss autofocus at all. It's so natural and precise to focus manually with a lens like this. Overall, the lens had a very pleasing and boutique quality about it. And therein lies the conundrum: in my opinion, you buy a fast prime to be able to use it wide open or at least close. This lens had at lot of great qualities but really wasn't usable in low light. If you are okay with sinking [$] into a once-in-a-while 50mm prime - especially for a unique portrait lens - then I recommend it. But as an all purpose 50mm it comes up a bit short.

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    5.0

    Zeiss 50mm for Canon

    By Markosat

    from Mexico

    Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

    Excelent performance
    Great focusing and great lightning
    Is a must

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Tab

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

      Great lens, really sharpen, nice bokeh

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      • No

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      5.0

      Must Have!

      By Chris

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Tough To Attach

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

      I purchased this lens about a week ago and doing a shot list for a short film I imagined I would need a 100m, 85, 50, and 35 for a great range of shots and angles. I finished shooting yesterday and the one thing that was consistent throughout my entire day was that my 50 was on my camera the ENTIRE day. This lens is extremely versatile with amazing focus and colors.
      I had a canon 50m 1.4 and this lens out shoots it on every single level. I found that the extra weight the Zeiss lens has helped with stability for the entire camera, making it easier to handhold.
      When recommended this lens and maker by a professional photographer he said that he would shoot on canon L series lenses (which I did before switching to Zeiss) and he would always have to focus back and forth to find that "sweet spot" when the Zeiss lens you turn the focus ring once and land on that sweet spot without having to do micro adjustments.
      This lens is great for photography and especially video.

      It really is a must have!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Really amazing lens

      By Karl

      from Suceava, Romania

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

        Lovely sharp image even wide open. The way it blurs the skin is amazing and rather than blur it's more like a skin softener right out of the lens. And the bokeh.... Oh, it's amazing. Great minimum distance as well. Built like a tank, the only plastic on it is the lens cap. The focus confirmation isn't always great but I use it for video and when I do take photos with it I use the live view 10x zoom so it doesn't matter. Would recommend.

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        5.0

        Gorgeous lens

        By mrgoodflix

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Filmmaking
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

        Love my Canon 50mm f/1.4, but it's not a rugged build and the focus ring has run a little ragged. Needed a better lens for narrative filmmaking. With a longer, smoother focus pull, this is a great alternative - and a recent headshot shoot showed it to be a fantastic still photography lens as well. Forget autofocus - take your time with this one. It's neither the sharpest nor lightest piece of glass in the bag, but it has a very rich, warm, constrasty look that brings out color and light better than the Canon.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Planar Lens for canon EOS

        By Lean Jean

        from Wilton, CT

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

          I use it as my overall lens and it serves me well! I love it! Very versatile....

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          5.0

          Nice lense

          By Abay

          from Astana, Kazakhstan

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

            This is much better, than 1.4 50 mm Canon.
            Solid and strong metal body, great quality. Sharp on starting 1.8T
            Very soft moving focus ring - best for video!
            Love this)
            For someone (beginners) it was be to havy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Glass

            By Enormus

            from Beaverton, OR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Contrasty
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              I needed a "normal" lens to fill the gap between the slightly wide and slightly telephoto Zeiss lenses I own and this lens fit the bill perfectly. It's not great wide-open, but once it's stopped down, it is great. It's built solidly like all Zeiss lenses and focuses smoothly. I now own 10 Zeiss ZE's and I am extremely happy with all of them.

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              • No

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              5.0

              An amazing lens

              By Anthony

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              This has quickly become one of my favorite lenses. It's got a fantastic feel, and is just fun to use. Photographs with it just have a certain warmth to them. Really quite amazing.

              To some of those saying it's soft, I think that's lack of nailing the focus. I fine-tuned the auto-focus adjustment, and haven't had any problems with missed focuses (I average about 1/100 missed with this lens, as opposed to about 1/20 with my old camera/lens).

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              • No

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              5.0

              So pretty...

              By The Dank King

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Video

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              Pulling focus with this thing on my 5dmkIII is a dream. Pinpoint focus. Insane clarity on full frame. All metal, even the hood.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Immaculate Lens

              By ChrisFromVision

              from Sydney, Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Video

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              I own several 'L' series lenses from Canon, but if I want that beautiful shot that is really going to stand out and pop from the screen, the Zeiss 50mm is my go to. The colours are vibrant, the contrast is bang on, and it works exceptionally well in low light situations. Whether it's video (my predominate use) or stills, I cannot recommend this beauty of a lens highly enough. Keep in mind, there is Lens Creep, so if yo don't like that this may not be the lens for you, but I quite like the extra bit of movement this adds to a focus pull. BUY IT!

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              5.0

              Gorgeous image-f1.4 video/f2.8 stills

              By RKE

              from Brooklyn

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction
              • Video

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Low Light Stills

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              I've used this lens for about a month and am impressed with the huge step up in image quality from other lenses I've shot. As other reviewers mention this lens cannot shoot sharp still images wide open. In my tests with video, however, I find the shooting with aperture f/1.4 more forgiving and would gladly trade off some diminished sharpness for less noise produced by shooting at higher ISO in low light. For professionals and if cost is not an issue, the 50 L 1.2 is twice as much and arguably not much better for stills. For me, the image quality and color are a huge improvement from the canon 50mm f/1.4 that I had used previously. The lens exceeded my expectations for still and video usage for a lens of this price.

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              5.0

              Great, but not for shooting action

              By Davidi

              from New York, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                great lens. really great. awesome contrast and saturation. good focusing action and bokeh. But this is for studio or environments were you can control your subjects. not good for shooting action.

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                5.0

                great lens for specific use

                By David

                from New York, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                  Lens is awesome. I use it on a 5D mkII. great focusing action and background blue. also great contrast. This is GREAT for shooting stuff in the studio and elsewhere where you have control over your subject matter. However, the lens not good for shooting action.. like most all manual focus lenses.

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                  5.0

                  AMAZING SHARP PHOTOS

                  By CASPER

                  from BALTIMORE MD

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                      THIS IS MY FIRST ZEISS LENS. THE QUALITY IS GREAT.I USE IT FOR CLASSIC AND CUSTOM AUTOMOBLE PHOTOGRAPHY. THE PHOTOS ARE SHARP AND THE BOKEH IS GREAT. THIS LENS HAS RAISED THE QUALITY OF MY PHOTOS TO A NEW LEVEL. MY NEXT LENS WILL BE A ZEISS.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic classic with a caveat

                      By Max

                      from Morgantown, WV

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                        If you are considering the Planar T 1.4/50 ZE lens, you are probably seeking a prime lens exceptional optically, sharp at f 1.4, and producing fantastic bokeh. These were my reasons to purchase this Zeiss lens in addition to the Canon EF 1.8/50 II. I have compared both lenses on a 6D body. This Zeiss lens won't disappoint, but I want you to know about one of my findings. Two copies that I tried both required the same AF micro adjustment of +13, to obtain sharp focus on the close ups and wide open. Moreover, I contacted a Zeiss representative, who confirmed that this issue is not unheard of. Otherwise, this glass is stunning, but I'd be careful in case your camera doesn't have an AF micro adjustment function.

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                        5.0

                        The real deal

                        By Ryan James Videography

                        from Hartford, CT

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                          This is a fantastic lens. I use it for video on my 7D's and have gotten some fantastic footage. Excellent in low light, beautiful bokeh, and built like a tank. With the crop sensor on the 7D, the lens is just wide enough for semi-tight situation and tight enough for semi-long shots.

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                          5.0

                          Love Love Love

                          By Yoga Loving Shutterbug

                          from los angeles, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                            I received this lens back in November. It has become my main lens and rarely comes off my camera. At first I was a little nervous about the manual focus, but I even use this lens when I am photographing infants and small children. I love the creamy quality when shooting around 2.8. It is the perfect portrait lens. It beautifully captures my images. It is an added bonus that it is so light. It almost feels as though I do not have a lens on my camera at all! My only difficult is with focus below 2.8, but that has more to do with my right eye than with the lens.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            solid performer at this focal range

                            By chmod

                            from San Francisco Bay Area

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Color rendering
                            • Durable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Weak Edges Wide Open

                            Best Uses

                            • Detailed Portraits
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video

                            Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                            This lens is typical great Zeiss quality, with very superior build, and very good optics.

                            As an f/1.4 lens, however, it is not the best I've seen wide open. The color rendering, micro-contrast (all normal Zeiss buzz words) remain present, and I do love the rendering. But it is not exceptional when shooting at f/1.4. Stop it down to 4.5 or so and it becomes exceptional edge to edge.

                            I bought the lens mostly for video use, as the Canon L series 50mm (f/1.2) is poor in terms of resolution (in other than the center area) unless stopped down, and it is almost three times the cost. For video, stopped to 4.5 or 5.6, this Zeiss lens is exceptional in terms of detail, color and contrast.

                            Note: I own the Canon 1.2, and I use it for portraits. For that is is exceptional.

                            But for a general purpose 50mm, used mostly for video, this one is very satisfying. Of the still photographs I have taken with it, wide open it can be used successfully if the picture is composed knowing of its weak outer edges. Stopped down, it is as good as it gets.

                            So I recommend it, but with caveats.

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                            5.0

                            fantastic lens

                            By ramy

                            from ny

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                              its a dreamy lens, clarity & color no other lens can match

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