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ZeissNormal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras
 
4.8

(based on 178 reviews)

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    (26)

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    (6)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (138)
  • Durable (131)
  • Nice bokeh (102)
  • Consistent output (93)
  • Rugged (86)

Cons

  • Heavy (18)
  • Slow focus (17)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Manual focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (104)
  • Video (79)
  • Night photography (73)
  • Landscape/scenery (68)
  • Weddings (55)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (47), Photo enthusiast (32), Professional (10), Photography student (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (124), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Lens, just give it couple months before you give it up

I would consider myself a beginner photographer and I love this lens. For some reason, I saw so many good reviews about this lens, hence went ahead and bought it. First two...Read complete review

I would consider myself a beginner photographer and I love this lens. For some reason, I saw so many good reviews about this lens, hence went ahead and bought it. First two weeks; horrible. I couldn't focus a single picture correctly, Second week, not so great, got about 10 good ones out of 100 pictures taken. Now its been about 3 months I own it, and last week only, I deleted 9 pictures out of 435 I took in a graduation. You get so used to this lens that you will know right when its a perfect shot. Beyond that, it will blink red when you have perfect focus if you press the shutter release by half.
Absolutely love this product, I even wanted to get rid of it because it was so expensive but now I don't know what I will do without it. I sold my 70-300 mm and 18-55 mm because I haven't used them ever since I got this.
If there is one lens, which will meet all your requirements, it is this. Its a BUY BUY BUY!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wonderfully unique, but not versatile

After reading reviews right here on this website, I decided to purchase two Zeiss lenses from B&H. First let me tell you that the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 planar is one of the...Read complete review

After reading reviews right here on this website, I decided to purchase two Zeiss lenses from B&H. First let me tell you that the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 planar is one of the sharpest - if not the sharpest lens - I have ever used. Sharper, in my opinion, than Canon's 35L. It's on par with the 135L for razor sharpness. The catch? You can't shoot it wide open - not even close. I found at f/1.4, through f/2 the images were just not useable for me. Too soft. By f/2.5 it sharpens up and then by f/3.5 it's razor sharp. The out-of-focus elements are beautiful - excellent bokeh. I used the lens both on my 50D (where it made a wonderful portrait lens) and as an all purpose lens on my 5D Mark II. Other things I noted: the color was much more pronounced than with other lenses I've used. More saturated and warmer. The build quality is fantastic. Solid. The lens could easily last an entire career. The manual focus ring was smooth and precise… you have to use a lens like this to appreciate manual focus. I didn't miss autofocus at all. It's so natural and precise to focus manually with a lens like this. Overall, the lens had a very pleasing and boutique quality about it. And therein lies the conundrum: in my opinion, you buy a fast prime to be able to use it wide open or at least close. This lens had at lot of great qualities but really wasn't usable in low light. If you are okay with sinking [$] into a once-in-a-while 50mm prime - especially for a unique portrait lens - then I recommend it. But as an all purpose 50mm it comes up a bit short.

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5.0

Staple lens

By Spina

from Bristol, RI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video

    Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

    Unreal quality for film. Amazing contrast and color for portrait and street stills. Slow focusing ring but is necessary for the depth of field.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Exeptional Lens!

    By Joan

    from Ensenada, Mexico

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

      Overall amazing lens, I mainly use it for street photography and landscapes and I absolutely love it. The lens is well built, optic-wise and exterior-wise, so yeah, its tough.
      If you are the type of photographer who dont mind manual focus this is the lens for you!

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      • No

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      4.0

      It's pretty sweet

      By roving filmmaker

      from budapest

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

      It's built like a tank and looks great.

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      4.0

      Superb quality, very slight complaints

      By Andrew

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Chromatic Abirration
      • Soft wide open

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

      This lens has been on my wish list for quite some time now. The quality is amazing, with full metal body and even lens hood. It isn't light as a result, but it is very sturdy. The focus ring is also absolutely fantastic, and feels smooth and solid. The lens is a tad soft and has some chromatic aberration (color fringing) when wide open, but its nothing that isn't early corrected in post. Aside from that, its a fantastic lens. It also had some great bokeh!

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Fabulous lens!!

      By Jellyplasma

      from Houston, TX.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

          This lens is by far the best

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Performs well...as expected from Zeiss.

          By Stephen

          from Western MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Na

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

          Excellent as a normal landscape lens. Lightweight yet a weighty performer. Very sharp and bright.

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Lens, just give it couple months before you give it up

          By MD

          from Dallas TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Great image quality
          • Manual Focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

          I would consider myself a beginner photographer and I love this lens. For some reason, I saw so many good reviews about this lens, hence went ahead and bought it. First two weeks; horrible. I couldn't focus a single picture correctly, Second week, not so great, got about 10 good ones out of 100 pictures taken. Now its been about 3 months I own it, and last week only, I deleted 9 pictures out of 435 I took in a graduation. You get so used to this lens that you will know right when its a perfect shot. Beyond that, it will blink red when you have perfect focus if you press the shutter release by half.
          Absolutely love this product, I even wanted to get rid of it because it was so expensive but now I don't know what I will do without it. I sold my 70-300 mm and 18-55 mm because I haven't used them ever since I got this.
          If there is one lens, which will meet all your requirements, it is this. Its a BUY BUY BUY!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Manual Focus..No problemo!

          By Josh Photo

          from Upstate New York

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

            I was worried when purchasing this lens that the manual focus would be an issue. It is not. Like others say it's smooth and the perfect tension. I can quickly focus the lens for "action" shots. Granted not in an AI servo way but things stationary moving is no problem.

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By Adirondacker55

            from The Adirondacks

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Food photography
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              I agree with others about the lack of sharpness wide open. I find that after testing this lens it starts to get very sharp around f/2.8. I use it for landscapes and food photography, so having a lens that's sharp at f/2.8 is not a problem for me. Other than that little f-stop 'discrepancy' I find this to be an absolutely fabulous lens! The best 50mm I've ever owned/used! Sharp as a tack, great bokeh, lovely contrast & saturation. The manual focus has excellent accuracy. This is my first Zeiss lens and I look forward to purchasing more in the future.

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              5.0

              Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Fo

              By Kim

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              Sharp and nice color. Feels like something very well made. Nothing cheap; here.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great lens

              By Josh

              from Adirondak

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              Looking for a replacement prime lens for my Canon 50mm 1.4. Read the reviews and decided to give this lens a try. Wow, reviews were correct. Took pics similar to a few I had taken with the old 50mm lens and it is a clear improvement; crisper and brighter colors. Thought the manual focus might be a problem, and not as quick in catching a shot as autofocus lens. This is the only limitation, but I found the focus easy to use and not a problem for most shots. This is a great prime lens. Metal lens hood is solid.

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              (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great

              By Keila

              from Houston

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              Wonderful!!!!

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Zeiss 50mm for Canon

              By Markosat

              from Mexico

              Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

              Excelent performance
              Great focusing and great lightning
              Is a must

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By Tab

              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                Great lens, really sharpen, nice bokeh

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                • No

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Must Have!

                By Chris

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Tough To Attach

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                I purchased this lens about a week ago and doing a shot list for a short film I imagined I would need a 100m, 85, 50, and 35 for a great range of shots and angles. I finished shooting yesterday and the one thing that was consistent throughout my entire day was that my 50 was on my camera the ENTIRE day. This lens is extremely versatile with amazing focus and colors.
                I had a canon 50m 1.4 and this lens out shoots it on every single level. I found that the extra weight the Zeiss lens has helped with stability for the entire camera, making it easier to handhold.
                When recommended this lens and maker by a professional photographer he said that he would shoot on canon L series lenses (which I did before switching to Zeiss) and he would always have to focus back and forth to find that "sweet spot" when the Zeiss lens you turn the focus ring once and land on that sweet spot without having to do micro adjustments.
                This lens is great for photography and especially video.

                It really is a must have!

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                (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Really amazing lens

                By Karl

                from Suceava, Romania

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                  Lovely sharp image even wide open. The way it blurs the skin is amazing and rather than blur it's more like a skin softener right out of the lens. And the bokeh.... Oh, it's amazing. Great minimum distance as well. Built like a tank, the only plastic on it is the lens cap. The focus confirmation isn't always great but I use it for video and when I do take photos with it I use the live view 10x zoom so it doesn't matter. Would recommend.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gorgeous lens

                  By mrgoodflix

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Filmmaking
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                  Love my Canon 50mm f/1.4, but it's not a rugged build and the focus ring has run a little ragged. Needed a better lens for narrative filmmaking. With a longer, smoother focus pull, this is a great alternative - and a recent headshot shoot showed it to be a fantastic still photography lens as well. Forget autofocus - take your time with this one. It's neither the sharpest nor lightest piece of glass in the bag, but it has a very rich, warm, constrasty look that brings out color and light better than the Canon.

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                  5.0

                  Planar Lens for canon EOS

                  By Lean Jean

                  from Wilton, CT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                    I use it as my overall lens and it serves me well! I love it! Very versatile....

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                    5.0

                    Nice lense

                    By Abay

                    from Astana, Kazakhstan

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                      This is much better, than 1.4 50 mm Canon.
                      Solid and strong metal body, great quality. Sharp on starting 1.8T
                      Very soft moving focus ring - best for video!
                      Love this)
                      For someone (beginners) it was be to havy.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Glass

                      By Enormus

                      from Beaverton, OR

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Contrasty
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Sharp
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS Cameras:

                        I needed a "normal" lens to fill the gap between the slightly wide and slightly telephoto Zeiss lenses I own and this lens fit the bill perfectly. It's not great wide-open, but once it's stopped down, it is great. It's built solidly like all Zeiss lenses and focuses smoothly. I now own 10 Zeiss ZE's and I am extremely happy with all of them.

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