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Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs

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Product Highlights
  • For Analog & Digital Canon SLR Cameras
  • Normal Perspective Macro Lens
  • Manual Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance 9.45"
  • Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:2
  • Fast f/2.0 Aperture

The Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens is designed for analog and digital Canon SLR cameras. The manual focus lens provides a normal perspective and has a minimum focus distance of 9.45" with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2. The lens is designed with floating elements to ensure high performance across a wide focusing range. As a result, the lens can be used for macro and non-macro applications, making it a versatile standard lens when used with a full frame camera. The high quality performance even at f/2 aperture allows you to throw the background out of focus without compromising the image quality.

For use with analog and digital Canon SLR cameras
Manual focus macro lens with a normal perspective with a minimum focus distance of 9.45" with a maximum magnification ratio 1:2
Incorporates a floating lens element design to optimize image quality across the entire focusing range
This lens has a fast f/2.0 aperture to enable hand-held photography under difficult lighting conditions
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 45°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.45" (24 cm)
Magnification 0.5x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 8/6
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.83 x 3.46" (7.19 x 8.79 cm)
Weight 1.17 lb (530 g)
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs
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    Zeiss50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs
     
    4.9

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (50)
    • Durable (39)
    • Nice bokeh (39)
    • Consistent output (35)
    • Rugged (30)

    Cons

    • Heavy (12)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (45)
    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Low light (28)
    • Night photography (25)
    • Video (20)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (17)

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    5.0

    sharp, solid, heavy, dreamy bokeh

    By martlaucas

    from montreal

    Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

    I was torned between this lens and the 50L from canon. I MADE THE GOOD choice. This lens has a 25cm close focus distance and thus makes a thinner DOF for many subjects compared to the 50L. It is THE best all purpose lens I own. GREAT macro, great street lens, great for portraits, landscapes, night cityscapes (18 points sunstars), only thing it's a bit hard to manually focus but when you have worked a couple days with it you get used to it. Manual focus is so precise it's scary!!!

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    5.0

    My precious

    By Matt

    from Cedar Falls, IA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Execellent Image Quality
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

    My favorite lens to date. To say the thing is built like a tank is an understatement. It is half the size of my Canon 24-105mm f/4, and probably about double the weight. Solid metal all around.

    As far as image quality goes, the thing is superb. I primarily use it for video, and I always love the results I get. The macro capabilities are awesome too.

    The only thing that doesnt work out great for my situation is that its a really long focus pull. I use DSLRs mounted onto a shoulder rig with electronic servos, and the focus pull is so long on this that my servos cant make it to either extreme. I understand that this is because it is a macro lens, but just thought I would metion that in case anyone else is thinking of using a similar setup. Guess you could always just get a manual focus puller.

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    4.0

    Awesome!

    By Livi

    from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

    This lens is super sharp. Sharper than the Canon 50 1.2.

    The focus ring is kinda stiff and it is heavy. Thus the 4 star.

    If you're looking for sharp lens and you don't mind the manual focus and the weight, this one is for you.

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    • No

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    5.0

    gret lens

    By rt

    from memphi

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

    great piece of glass, no auto focus dosent bother me. the images from the lens is great

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    4.0

    Good Colors

    By Colorseeker

    from Plano, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

      The best thing about this lens is the colors. Skin tones and blues are really good.
      Focus on a 5dII with precision screen has 50% keeper rate. Thats why you see so many pictures of flowers/trees and very less of people all over the websites.

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By Pasha

      from Novosibirsk, Russia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

        Long stroke focusing ring
        Perfect sharpness across the entire field
        Metal body
        Robust design
        I almost finish when using this lens. This device makes me excited. God bless the developers and manufacturers of this lens.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing lens

        By TulseLuper

        from Chicago

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

        This thing produces crazy high quality images. Colors are great, contrast is great, it's totally sharp. There isn't anything to worry about in the IQ category. The following is about usability.

        The first thing you'll probably notice is the stellar build quality. It feels stronger than the Canon 50/1.2L. This lens will probably be good to go for as long as the EF mount exists, and longer.

        The focusing ring is extremely smooth, but the throw is very long. This allows you to be really precise, but the tradeoff is that it might take you a couple seconds to get from macro focus to infinity focus. You can decide if that's a feature or a bug, but I don't mind. The ring also has the reproduction ratio printed on it - I might not ever use that, but I'm glad it's there.

        The front element on this lens is small and extremely recessed, making it very difficult to clean. I normally don't use UV filters but I picked up the Zeiss branded one because I really don't want to stick my hands in there.

        The only cons I can think of are the weight, which is inevitable and not worth complaining about, and that I'm not sure if it's weather-sealed. For the price, it would be great to not worry about water/sand getting in that focus ring.

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        5.0

        Very nice lens

        By richard

        from orlando, fl

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Video

        Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

        I am very satisfied with this lens.

        Excellent build quality. Sharp.

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        5.0

        Nice macro lens

        By Eric_Y

        from Toronto

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

        Not the most glass I've seen on a 50mm, I guess that is the f/2.0 talking. Great build quality like the others in the series. Macro is great, you can almost go full frame on your thumbnail.

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        5.0

        Phenomenal

        By travisshoots

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

          Absolutely phenomenal lens. The sharpness even at widest aperture is astounding... the color rendition is astounding... the manual focus ring is very easy to dial in by eye or even with the focus confirmation feature. Lens is also substantial in size and weight and looks like a laboratory grade instrument... catches the eye of onlookers and clients alike (which can be bad or good). Shot attached is at 1/500th @f2.5, 100% from camera to show lens' color characteristics and was basically shot from the hip.

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          5.0

          IMO Best All-Around 50mm on Canon EOS

          By Nate

          from North Carolina

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

            I selected this 50mm lens for my Canon 5DmkII over the other readily available lenses (Canon's 50 1.4, 1.2L, Zeiss 50 1.4, and Sigma 50 1.4) because of the following reasons:

            -Consistent sharpness from f2 onward across the entire frame
            -Reasonable Speed at f2 with excellent results at that aperture
            -Smooth bokeh
            -No focus shift
            -Flat focal plane
            -Lowest distortion
            -99% lateral chromatic aberration free
            -Closest focusing 50mm lens at f2 or below

            This Lens doesn't have autofocus, however it is actually very easy to manual focus this lens after 2-4 hours of practice, which amounts to 1 or two days of shooting at most. The focus throw is small within the portrait working range and beyond, however the focus ring is immaculate and makes working accurately in a small range very easy. The long throw in the macro range is much appreciated when working at close distances.

            Some people may complain that it takes a while to refocus from close focusing distances to longer working distances, however to put that in perspective, it certainly is more convenient than having to completely change lenses from your macro lens to your portrait lens.

            There are no perfect 50mm lenses for canon out there, but this lens makes the fewest compromises of them all, and balances those compromises with a very, very useful macro feature that none of the others have.

            Furthermore, if you really want that alluring f1.2, for the price of the Canon 50 1.2L you can likely afford this lens and an Adapted 50mm 1.2 classic MF lens.

            I would recommend the EG-S or equivalent focusing screen.

            At a minimum try renting this lens for 4 days the next time you are looking for a 50mm for your Canon EOS mount camera.

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            5.0

            amazing lens

            By Micael

            from Rio de Janeiro, Rj

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

            The lens has a amazing macro focus and is super bright.

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            • No

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Birthday Present Ever!

            By Viv

            from Waterloo, ON

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

              I was so surprised when I realized my family had all pitched in to buy me this amazing lens I've been lusting after for ages. It's truly lived up to all the hype!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Best Lens EVER!!!

              By UGCTV

              from NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                If you want your projects to really "POP" this is the lens for you!!!

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                5.0

                Absolutely Phenomenal!

                By Joe

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Colors
                • Consistent Output
                • Contrast
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Sharp
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Lens cap

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                I had wanted a 50mm lens for quite some time and the only choices were the Canon 50mm 1.2L and the Zeiss 50mm f2. After weeks of research that included reading scores of reviews from well-known photographers and individual posters in countless photography fora, looking at charts, and - most-importantly - comparing hundreds of photos taken with both lenses I decided on the Zeiss.I made the correct choice!I am blown away by the sharpness, contrast, and especially the colors.The lens is sharp wide-open.The lens has wonderful contrast.The lens produces gorgeous colors. Oh, those Zeiss colors!The bokeh is excellent as well, especially considering the widest aperture of f/2.I am so enamored with this lens that I sold my Canon 35mm f1.4L and purchased the Zeiss 35mm f2 and Zeiss 85mm f1.4.I'll keep my Canon 70-200 2.8L II for action (another absolutely phenomenal lens), but my primes will be Zeiss.I personally don't shoot macro often enough to comment on that aspect, but the few test shots I took were....well....big.For those worrying about using an MF-only lens...don't. The incredibly long throw, perfectly damped focus ring, and accurate DOF scale make shooting this lens a joy.I cannot recommend this lens highly enough!

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                4.0

                "Its a Wolf in sheep's clothing"

                By Peter

                from Dubai

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast Manual Focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                Its my first manual lens,working with this with 5Dmark iii is just superb.

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                5.0

                This lens is absolutely incredible!

                By PJ Russo

                from New York, New York

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Renders Color Incredibly
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction
                • Very Sharp

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                  I am a fine art photographer who makes work both quickly on the street, and also at times slowed down on the tripod. I bought this 50 mm Zeiss for my Canon 5D Mark II in addition to the 35mm f 2 Zeiss (another great lens) and have been blown away by the results. This 50 mm lens is the sharpest lens I've ever used by far. I've made prints up to 32x48 and the sharpness and quality is amazing. I used to only shoot 4x5 and am used to making large exhibition prints. With the Zeiss lens on the Canon 5D Mark II I'm amazed at the quality and size I can print up to and how fast I can shoot with it. But the thing that really impresses me is how this lens renders color. More so than the Canon lenses, this Zeiss seems to render color in a more accurate and beautiful way that needs practically no corrections.

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                  4.0

                  heavy but awesome

                  By Timo

                  from Asbury Park

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                  I was debating between this and the Canon 1.2 50mm, and ended up choosing this mainly for use with video. My only complaints are that it doesn't have autofocus and it's heavy! Other than that it's a beautiful lens and obviously has been meticulously designed and manufactured.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic

                  By F Queiroz

                  from São Paulo - SP Brasil

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                    Absolutly Fantastic

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                    5.0

                    unbelievable color and clarity

                    By aussiedog owner

                    from Ct.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                    This is a manual focus lens which might cause you to initially reject it. But because of the very long throw of the focusing ring it is actually very easy to attain sharp focus. The fact that is is an f/2 also eliminates the need for flash under almost all situations.
                    If landscapes are your thing you might think that 50mm is too narrow a field but i have found the opposite to be true. It allows for better isolation of subjects thus eliminating the need for cropping in post production. I have owned some very fine lenses of major brands but never have I had a lens that provides me with more keepers than this one.
                    You may have read that Zeiss lenses can sometimes produce a 3D effect. I thought that was just a sales promo but it is not. I have had people ask how I managed to cause the main object of a shot to seem to jump off the screen.
                    I just smile and let them think it's my superior expertise with a camera.
                    Altho the lens is expensive I doubt that you will find one that will provide you with better results and more fun than you've ever experienced with other lenses.
                    And- If for any reason you had to sell it-- you would no doubt be able to get back just about all that you paid for it. They do retain their value very well.

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