ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM Lens (Silver)

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM Lens (Silver)

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM Lens (Silver)

B&H # ZE502S MFR # 1365-660
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 43mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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Color: Silver

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ZEISS 1365-660 overview

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Designed as the standard lens of the ZM system, the silver Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM from ZEISS is a bright normal-length prime for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Utilizing the classic Planar optical design, this lens achieves high resolution, sharpness, and even illumination across the entire image field for accurate rendering. A T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to resist flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity, and its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away.

Planar optical concept helps to produce a high degree of sharpness and resolution from edge to edge, as well as notable flare resistance.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 2.3'.
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ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM Lens (Silver)
  • 43mm Front Cap for ZM Lenses
  • Rear Lens Cap for ZM-Mount Lenses
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    ZEISS 1365-660 specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/22
    Minimum Aperture f/2
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 47°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:12
    Optical Design 6 Elements in 4 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Filter Thread 43mm
    Dimensions : 2.0 x L: 2.7" / : 52.0 x L: 68.0 mm
    Weight 8.1 oz / 230 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.724 x 4.252 x 3.15"

    ZEISS 1365-660 reviews

    Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM Lens (Silver) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 29.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss performance...wow 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.
    Date published: 2008-07-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice Lens 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.
    Date published: 2010-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss Rangefinder Normal 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
    Date published: 2009-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Normal Lens 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.
    Date published: 2013-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome lens 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a fantastic product! 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 50 I can compare this lens to both a Leica 50 1.4 ASPH and the pre-ASPH, and the last 50/2.8 elmar. The 50 ASPH is the only lens that beats the Planar, assuming you can find a good copy of the 50 ASPH.Build quality may not be as great as the Leica offerings, but at 1/3 or 1/4th the price, there is nothing to complain about.On a digital M wide open at minimum focus distance this lens will miss the focus just a bit, but it's easy to compensate for.Unless you need/want a 50 ASPH this lens is a serious contender to the 50 Summicron.
    Date published: 2016-02-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lens is excellent. Returned my copy. 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).
    Date published: 2012-02-17
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