A classic focal length and a classic design, the Canon EF-mount Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS is a normal-length prime ideal for working with most subjects. Its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture excels in low-light conditions and also offers greater control over depth of field for using selective focus. The Planar type optical concept is a tried-and-true design that yields consistently high sharpness throughout the focusing range with even illumination throughout the aperture range. Also, a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy.
- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
- Manual Focus Design
ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 Overview
ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 Specs
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||45°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.48' / 45 cm|
|Optical Design||7 Elements in 6 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Filter Size||58 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.8 x 1.89" / 71 x 48 mm|
|Weight||13.4 oz / 380 g|
|Package Weight||1.24 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||5.25 x 4.55 x 4.4"|
ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 Reviews
I could not be happier with this lens. I'm using this on a Canon RP body with the Canon adaptor. The new modern complex primes have left me disappointed for my use. They're just flat and boring. The Zeiss Planar 50mm 1.4 is an art lens for storytelling. I'm mostly shooting from f/4 to f/14 with either partial or full depth of field. The manual focus scared me, but I can now say with bold confidence that it has not been an issue. The butter smooth focus ring is wonderful with long throw and slow response. I shoot on a tripod in Live View, so I just use the magnification mode at x10. It's easy. I never dreamed I would use anything other than a Canon lens. I'm so glad I gambled on the Zeiss. I'm never looking back. I am now a manual focus Zeiss shooter going forward. I highly recommend this lens for portrait and nature photography. This is a lens for creating art. I can't think of a better way to summarize it. It has beautiful color and creates natural true to life three dimensional images.
Sharp with nice bokeh
This lens, when the focus is obtained, gives some very sharp pictures and have a very pleasing bokeh. This is my first, well, second manual focus lens, the other was a cine lens which I quickly sold. I wear glasses so autofocus is my thing. The pictures are sharp and crisp. I am loving them. And it is built like a tank would good weight. I pair it with my Canon R6 and they work so well together.
Pretty much what you'd expect from a 50mm Planar. - Fits nicely into my Nikon D610. The aperture is controlled by the assigned wheel, as with native lenses. You do focus manually. - The hood fit over/outside the suggested Zeiss UV filter - As someone mentioned, the Nikon 67mm cap fits perfectly over the hood. The cap that came with the lens fits over the UV filter, inside the hood, reasonably easy to use with the hood. Optically, exactly as expected. Nice portrait lens at open aperture, very sharp half-closed. Interestingly, made in Japan, not Germany as one would expect.
Cap for Hood
This is truly a wonderful lens. Old school build quality that will last forever. Being a manual focus lens there is no auto focus to fail, no auto focus to adjust. There is simply a silky smooth ring to turn. With a little care you can enjoy that same precision 50 years from now, long after the autofocus lenses have bit the dust. One nice thing I discovered is that a Nikon 72mm LC-72 lens cap will fit the hood perfectly. This allows me to leave the hood on at all times and still have the benefit of a cap. Call it a hood cap instead of a lens cap. Whatever you call it, I think you'll like it. See the attached picture to see how it looks on my D3X.
Enjoy to use
I use on my Nikon Z6 via FTZ adapter. This ZF.2 version communicates with the camera and able to set f-stop from body, and also transfers EXIF data. All my other my Nikon AI-S lenses don’t. Mechanical quality is top notch, but optical quality is moderate only. Need to stop down to f4 to f5.6 to get maximum sharpness. If you enjoy using manual lens, this is the one to go.
Amazing and fun lens
Super sharp, beautiful bokeh, easy to use
Chromatic ABOMINATION & VERY SOFT
I can not believe Zeiss can put their name on that. I have some first gen rokinon's primes that ate sharper and shows significantly less CA than this lens at the same aperture. Lenses I bought nearly 10 years ago for less than 400$ each. I have to return this Zeiss and will lose money over custom and shipping. This is an absolute disaster. Ah and the T* Coating is a joke on this product the flare is ugly at best and not well managed at all. Paying this much for a lens that render nice images at f4 or higher is nothing less than a disgrace toped with a giant ripoff. DO NOT EVER EVER EVEN CONSIDER BUYING THIS USELESS PIECE OF GARBAGE.
Lens F for Z
Excellent lens for my Nikon Z
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