ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

B&H # ZE5014ZF2N MFR # 1767-825
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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
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ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Overview

  • 1Description

A classic focal length and a classic design, the Nikon F-mount Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 75mm 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.
In the Box
ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
  • 58mm Front Lens Cap for 35mm Milvus Lens
  • Classic Rear Cap for Nikon F-Mount Lenses
  • Dedicated Lens Hood (Lens Shade) for 50mm f/1.4 Z Series SLR Lens
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    • 1Description

    ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/1.4
    Minimum Aperture f/16
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 45
    Maximum Magnification 0.15x
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
    Optical Design 7 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 58 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.60 x 1.77" / 66 x 45 mm
    Weight 11.6 oz / 330 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.4"

    ZEISS Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Reviews

    Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 72.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting lens. Not for everyone As a normal "modern" buyer it was really important to read and watch all the negative feedback of other people. But.... This lens is interesting. It is creamy at 1.4 to 2.8 but it really gives an artistic view instead of anger. You should keep in mind what is the purpose of photography? Are we looking for a lens for forensic photography?? Noo. We are looking for pictures giving others our feeling at the moment we press the shutter. If you are looking for a lens with good color representation and some art in it don't hesitate. It is a very good lens and it is going to be difficult to find an unused one these days.
    Date published: 2018-10-21
    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 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 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 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
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    im totally new to using nikon and wanted to know ...

    im totally new to using nikon and wanted to know is this compatible with the fm3a and FA film slr's?
    Asked by: Nick
    The ZEISS Planar 1.4/50 ZF.2 is compatible with this camera model. For a complete compatibility listing, visit: https://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/int/photography/content/camera-mounts.html#zf-lenses.
    Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
    Date published: 2019-01-08


    How do you mount the lens? As in, do you have to put the aperture ring to the orange/red numbers? Yes, I did make sure it was for my nikon. And how do you set the aperture? Do you use the camera body sun dial, or do you use the aperture run on the lens? I have a Nikon D750.
    Asked by: Aaron C.
    Hello Aaron: you mount the Carl Zeiss 50mm just like you mount any Nikon lens. It works exactly the same way the only difference is that you have to set your camera manually with the iris and focus once you get used to it it's a beatiful glass for pictures and video. Worth the buy!
    Answered by: Roberto d.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I just got the Nikon D750. I just want to make sure that this lens can be used; because the manual says to use Nikon accessories only . So would it be able to be used safely with out camera damage, or not?
    Asked by: Aaron C.
    Yes, this lens fits into any Nikon, I use it with my D800.
    Answered by: LUIZ M.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does the aperture ring click at each f/number or is it a smooth dial?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes that lens has f/stop clicks, at the half stop.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does it come with a lens hood?
    Asked by: Richard
    Yes, The ZEISS Classic Planar 1.4/50 ships with a metal lens shade that can be reversed for storage.
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    can I buy this new from you in a de clicked version?
    Asked by: Jason
    ZEISS does not provide a declick service on the Classic SLR lenses. The new Milvus ZF.2 series offers a declick feature that is part of the lens and can be changed by the user between 1/2 stop clicks, or continuous.
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Will I have manual aperture control when using this lens with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera (using a dumb Photodiox Nikon F to MFT adapter)?
    Asked by: Harlan R.
    yes, you can. Agree, with previous answers. It has F-stop ring. It is manual.
    Answered by: Igor Y.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is there an adapter to the full frame NEX a7 which would transmit the focus confirmation light?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I don't know about the mount for the model u have though I believe there is one for the nex 5. On my d800 the 50 mm zeiss can produce soectacular pictures tho it takes time to get used to manual focus. I hope This helps. Robert
    Answered by: Patricia L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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