ZEISS Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • For Nikon F-Mount Cameras
  • Fast f/1.4 Maximum Aperture
  • AI Coupling
  • CPU Coupling for Camera Integration
  • Horizontal Angle of View - 38°
  • Superior Image Quality
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Filter Size - 58mm
  • Knurled Focusing Ring
  • Manual Focus
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ZEISS 50mm f/1.4 overview

  • 1Description

The ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount cameras is a bright and compact standard lens with precise manual focusing with a large rotation angle for precise control. The Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 is designed for medium and longer distances and provides high-performance when used wide open, and improves as the lens is stopped down. The lens construction controls flare and ghosting artifacts, resulting in a brilliant image with excellent contrast and natural color rendition. Combined with a DSLR with a 1.5 crop factor, the lens becomes a compact, lightweight 75mm portrait lens.

The new ZF.2 lenses are an enhanced version of ZF lenses. They feature an electronic interface (CPU) that enables support of all important camera operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure settings. Photographers no longer have to set the parameters in the camera menu as the lens now transmits standard data such as focal length, speed and the aperture setting to the camera. This data can then be viewed in the EXIF data of each picture.

The ZF.2 lenses have a mechanical lock on the aperture ring to lock the aperture ring at the lowest setting and prevent unintentional adjustment while taking pictures.

For technical reasons, these lenses do not have a half-step aperture lock between the lowest (stop position) and the second lowest aperture setting. This guarantees reliable recognition of the automatic position. The lowest aperture on ZF.2 lenses is colored orange to emphasize the automatic position of the aperture ring.


F2-A, Nikkormat FT3, FM, FM2 (Manual only)

F2-AS (Manual & Aperture Priority only)

EM (Shutter Priority only)

EL, FE, FE2, FM3A, F3 (Manual & Aperture Priority only)

F301, F501, FG (Manual, Shutter Priority & Program only)

FA, F4, F5 (all functions supported)

F70, F90, F90X, F100, F401, F601, F801, D1, D1X, D1H, F50, F55, F65, F75, F80, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D3000, D5000 (all functions supported)

F6, D2-Series, D200, D300, D300s, D3, D3s, D3X, D700, D800, D800E, D4 (all functions supported)


FinePix S1Pro, S2Pro, S3Pro, S5Pro (all functions supported)


Kodak Pro 14n (all functions supported)
The floating elements design ensures a high quality image throughout the entire focusing range.
Precision mechanics and a very large angle of rotation enable the photographer to very precisely focus on the details in the image.
Optical system of fantastic performance and long-life, metal precision mechanics
ZF.2 lenses have F bayonet and mechanical aperture coupling as well as CPU coupling for Nikon, Fujifilm or Kodak SLR cameras.
In the Box
ZEISS Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras
  • Lens Shade
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • 2-Year ZEISS Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    ZEISS 50mm f/1.4 specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 45°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
    Magnification 0.15x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
    Optical Design 7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.60 x 2.72" / 6.60 x 6.91 cm
    Weight 12.35 oz / 350 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.4"

    ZEISS 50mm f/1.4 reviews

    Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 69.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zeiss Quality This lens is essentially an entry level Zeiss and baby brother to the Makro Planar 50mm they offer. I went with this one because I don't do macro work, and the optics are excellent. My only complaint regarding the lens is that the amount of travel from close to infinity on the focus ring is too short, and it makes critical focus harder than it should be. It still works fine and you get used to it. It works perfectly in all modes on my DF and on my D4s. The build quality and optical characteristics are exactly what you'd expect from Zeiss, and beat any Nikon or Canon options be a lot.
    Date published: 2015-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small. Sharp. Tough. And EZ. I'm a pro video shooter and I chose this Zeiss 50mm, 1.4 over the Sigma ART 50mm, 1.4, and the Veydra 35mm E-mount 2.2. I tested it for a few days against the other two. The Zeiss and the Sigma were about equal for resisting lens flare. I own the Veydra and had seen the flares on occasion and was able to duplicate it in my own testing environment. When the Veydra flared, the other two did not. The Zeiss is manual focus only (like the Veydra) but for video shooting that's all I need. What's more (or less) is the small size of the Zeiss. So easy to carry even in a pocket while running and gunning. The manual focusing of the Zeiss was so smooth and long travelled that I love it. It's mine now!
    Date published: 2016-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best. Lens. Ever. The Zeiss reputation continues. Before buying this lens I had given up on ever achieving the same sharpness and contrast from my Nikon I have come expect from my Leica system. Now, I can finally utilize the massive files of the D800 to their fullest extent. This lens produces results heretofore unobtainable from a DSLR. There is a richness you cannot replicate, a sharpness you will not attain and a feeling I've only found from the finest German lenses.
    Date published: 2012-09-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens but not excellent This is my 2nd Zeiss ZF.2 lens after my purchase of the 28mm (which is an excellent lens by the way). I was hoping the 50mm would produce the same level of amazing quality as the 28mm especially shooting at wide open.The lens design and construction is very high quality, same as other Zeiss lens. But this 50mm lens does not perform any better than the Nikon f/1.4 at wide open or f/2. The color rendition is better in my opinion, however.It is great lens by any standard, but I think the Nikon f/1.4 with AF-S, it is a better choice for the $, plus AF.
    Date published: 2013-06-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Focus Shift My copy had a focus shift problem. I learned that I was not the only person having this problem with this 50mm lens. For the rest, build quality and colors are outstanding as with the other Zeiss lenses. My other lens is the Zeiss Distagon 28 T* 2/28 which is an extraordinary lens! I was very disappointed by the Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 lens and had not expected this from happening from a Zeiss Lens...so I returned it to the shop here in Switzerland where I bought it...
    Date published: 2014-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hello Gorgeous! I have been looking for ways to get my digital images to seem softer and more film like. I feel like this lens helps me to achieve that. I won't lie to you. Manual focus is a challenge, and it is hard for me to tell if I'm where I want to be. But, I've only used the lens a couple of times, and I like to shoot as wide open as possible. I think my accuracy will improve with use. I was also interested in this lens, because it was recommended for use with video, and I would like to start shooting short films.
    Date published: 2015-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lens I just bought this Lens for my Nikon D3100.. This lens puts the kit lens to shame! The bokeh is ridiculous. I plan on keeping this lens on from now on.. I have only used it a couple of hours but the video I took was phenomenal.. Truly Amazing! I would like to use higher aperture in lower light.. That is the only thing I have trouble with.. I guess I need a full sensor.. The focusing is a little hard to work with but there's a little light that turns on when your in focus, otherwise I would have much trouble like I was having before noticing the light.. Can't wait for the nikon's new camera to tear up the 5d!!
    Date published: 2012-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for shooting art work I use this lens to get digital images of my artwork for submission to competitions. It does a great job of getting a nice sharp image that I don't have to work at correcting. Because it's a planar lens, it doesn't distort the rectangular shape of the image. It is a manual focus, but it tells me by lighting up a dot inside the display when it is focused. I use this lens with a Nikon D700 body and love it!
    Date published: 2011-12-15
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    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D3200
    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • Nikon D3500
    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
    • Nikon D5500
    • Nikon D5600
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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