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

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

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

B&H # ZE502ZF2N MFR # 1771-845
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Product Highlights

  • For Nikon F-Mount Cameras
  • AI Coupling
  • CPU Coupling for Camera Integration
  • Superior Image Quality
  • Horizontal Angle of View - 38°
  • Filter Size - 67mm
  • Knurled Focusing Ring
  • Embossed Aperture & Distance Rings
  • Manual Focus
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ZEISS 50mm f/2.0 Overview

  • 1Description

The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount cameras is a macro lens that provides a normal perspective and allows for close focusing down to 9.4" (24 cm). It uses a new lens design which incorporates floating elements to ensure high performance across a wide focusing range. As a result, the lens can be used for non-macro applications and becomes a versatile 'standard' lens when used with a full frame camera.

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 & Shutter Priority only)
EM (Aperture Priority only)
EL, FE, FE2, FM3A, F3 (Manual only)
F301, F501, FG (Manual & Aperture Priority 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 Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras
  • Lens Shade
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    ZEISS 50mm f/2.0 Specs

    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Angle of View 45
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.45" / 24 cm
    Maximum Magnification 0.5x
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 6 Groups
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.83 x 3.46" / 7.19 x 8.79 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.7 x 4.6 x 4.3"

    ZEISS 50mm f/2.0 Reviews

    Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best lenses in the world This is one of the best lenses in the world. I am a fine arts photographer by profession, and this is the only lens I have been using on my D3x for the past two years. There is virtually no CA, and that equates to outstanding resolution. But it is the smoothness of the bokeh at f4 to f8 that really makes this a useful tool, creating fluidic depth to the shot. While I prefer a 35mm fl lens, the 50mm is something that you can grow to love, trading width for depth. Perhaps HCB was right, and the 50 is one of the most powerful focal lengths. In any regard, your not going to find a better lens. The build quality is superb. The image quality is stellar. The only problem in owning this lens is that you are out of excuses in regard to the quality of your work! :)
    Date published: 2011-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from truly superb I wrote a very positive review on this site for the Nikon 55/2.8 AI-S, based on using it for thousands of shots over 30 years. I still stand by that review, but I have to say this Zeiss is in a different league. Why? 1) the color rendition is phenomenal. I have never seen more accurate color straight out of my D3s. 2) the bokeh, which is at best acceptable with the Nikon, is truly exceptional with this Zeiss. 3) the extra stop, with the shallower depth of field, offers significantly more creative opportunities. As with fine audio equipment, fine lenses are rarely completely described by specs alone. If you have a good camera and you are critical of your results, I'm betting this lens will deliver for you in spades. To be completely objective, the Nikon has one advantage - it is significantly smaller. That's it.
    Date published: 2011-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic performer I had this one in ZE (Canon) mount and after the switch to Nikon I bought it again. Let me say this ... I've tried almost every 50mm prime in F mount and that includes all Nikkors and Sigma Art series. With its maximum aperture of f/2, it's definitely slower compared to rest of competition but it is unbeatable when comes to color rendering and micro contrast. No post processing required. Did I mention that it is stupid sharp right at F/2? If you don't get stellar performance wide open, don't blame the lens. This might not be the greatest macro option out there because its 1:2 magnification, but it still creates amazing closeup shots. You can use it not only for macro photography but as a standard walk around lens ... you'll be amazed with results this little gem produces.
    Date published: 2014-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I use it to take product shots in a studio environment. The manual focus is awesome. Turns out my eyes aren't as bad as I thought they were. I have taken macro shots with my Nikon D800 of wristwatches with minuscule hands, then enlarged and cropped the images, only to find microscopic textures in the paint on the hands. I didn't know there was any paint on the hands. Truly amazing sharpness and a must-have for anyone wanting a lens to pair with a high megapixel camera. Easy to use, straightforward, super-sharp and worth the money.
    Date published: 2014-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and excellent lens This Makro-Planar is very sharp at F2 with max resolution across the frame at F5.6. I use the lens regularly at F16 and beyond without noticeable degradation in sharpness due to diffraction. It is a very versatile lens. It is glued to my D3s all the time. Its great for panoramas since it produces very little distortion and vignetting; makes it very pain free to stitch. This focal length is great for full body portraits. Being a macro lens you can also use it for very tightly cropped face-shots. The ZF.2 mount works with Aperture Priority Mode and also has focus confirmation which I've found to be highly accurate. I use this lens with no manual focusing screen on the D3s. From my experience I've found that MF on DSLR is much more accurate than the Rangefinder systems. The only problem I have found is that this lens comes with a terrible lens cap. It easily comes off and very hard to put back on. Be sure to buy the 67mm Nikon lens cap with your purchase.
    Date published: 2010-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality Paired with my Nikon D800 this lens is wonderful. I used to prefer autofocus lenses but this is the one I reach for now unless I absolutely need my auto focus lens. It's simple enough to use and totally compatible with the FX functions on the D800. There are cheaper ones, but this is the best I've ever used. One minor complaint which does not merit taking away a star, but is nonetheless annoying: the lens cap doesn't click on as securely as it should You really have to make sure its clicked into place or it will fall off.
    Date published: 2014-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens I have had the Zeiss 100 and the 21 going on two years. These two lens are without peer!! I added the 50MP a year ago to cover the middle range. It took some time to get used to manual focus (again). I have learned to get confirmation in the view finder that the subject is in focus - and to use the preview button when shooting wide open as this lens is subject to focus shift. Otherwise the beauty of the Zeiss lenses, this one included, are superb! I was in a photography class recently, when the teacher commented on the color, clarity, and bokeh of my pictures. He wound up saying the reason the pictures were so great was because I was using the Zeiss lenses. When my friends look through my pictures, they alway pause at the pictures that are made with the Zeiss lenses. They do not know which lenses I shot the picture with - but the overall beauty of the pictures capture them - I'm the one that knows that it was taken with a Zeiss. I shoot with a Nikon D3s - have the best Nikon zooms and fixed lens - but I always reach for the Zeiss if I can. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2012-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I was not sure that I really need this lens but now that I have used it for two weeks I am wondering, why it took me so long to order it. Sharpness across the whole picture on the D3X, super color fit, and wonderful out-of-focus bokeh. Manual focus is really no issue and I am totally happy.
    Date published: 2010-11-03
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