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ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE5014ZEC • MFR #1677-817
ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
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.
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ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 Overview

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.

Normal-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide an 80mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for achieving selective focus effects and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 1.5'.
All-metal lens barrel and mount offers high durability and rigidity.
A nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when working with selective focus techniques.

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View45°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design7 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.8 x 1.89" / 71 x 48 mm
Weight13.4 oz / 380 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.24 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.25 x 4.55 x 4.4"

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 Reviews

Modern Classic

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-19

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

By Stephen
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-14

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.

as expected

By Nikolay
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-15

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

By Gerald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-24

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

By Thomas
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-13

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

By Vladimir
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-09

Super sharp, beautiful bokeh, easy to use

Chromatic ABOMINATION & VERY SOFT

By Jean-Gabriel
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-27

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

By Ingo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-14

Excellent lens for my Nikon Z

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