Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZE Series Lens for Canon EOS Cameras

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About Zeiss 50mm F/1.4

The Zeiss 50mm 1.4 is a bright and compact standard lens with precise manual focusing mechanism and large rotation angle for precise control. The Planar T* 1.4/50 is designed for medium and longer distances and provides high-performance wide open, which only 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 75 mm portrait lens.

The Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Portraits and more.One reason why the Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 is popular is because of its Durable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Durable (9),Nice bokeh (5),Strong construction (5),Reliable (4),Rugged (4),Consistent output (3),Easily interchangeable (3),Lightweight (3)
Best Uses:
Home (4),Landscape/scenery (4),Portraits (4),Everyday (3),Landscape photography (3),Low light (3),Macro photography (3),Night photography (3),Studio (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (3),Semi-professional (3),Photo enthusiast (3)

Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 Features

  • Precise mechanism enables exact manual focusing
  • Carl Zeiss T* lens coating
  • Special attention is paid to guarantee absolute color matching

Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 Specifications

Focal Length
50 mm
Aperture range
f/1.4 - f/16 (1/2 steps)
Focusing range
0.45 m - infinity
Coverage at close range
16 x 24 cm
Number of elements/groups
7/6
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.)
45.4 /38.4°
Filter-Mount
M 58 x 0,75
Dimensions (with caps)
°: 72 mm, L: 69 mm
Weight
390 g
Warranty
Zeiss warranty

Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 Reviews

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4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

what camera lenses should be

The fit and finish on this lens is fantastic, it feels like good camera lenses used to feel. There is no plastic on the outside of the lens at all, and probably none on the inside judging by how this little jem weighs. Manual focusing with this is no problem, it really needs a focusing screen with some sort of a assist like a microprism etc... though. The focusing ring is very smooth with no slop or inconsistencies in it's motion. If this lense is used correctly, it is wonderfully sharp and ...

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The fit and finish on this lens is fantastic, it feels like good camera lenses used to feel. There is no plastic on the outside of the lens at all, and probably none on the inside judging by how this little jem weighs. Manual focusing with this is no problem, it really needs a focusing screen with some sort of a assist like a microprism etc... though. The focusing ring is very smooth with no slop or inconsistencies in it's motion. If this lense is used correctly, it is wonderfully sharp and renders images very naturally and beautifully, in a way that alot of other 50mm lenses I've used don't. Alot of people trash this lense for "not being sharp wide open"-this lense isn't meant to be used for making perfect reproductions of newspapers and test charts but rather to make beautiful images.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Of limited use to me

Great quality lens, but too heavy for my own usage and does not permit auto-focusing with Canon EOS 40D camera.

Reviewed by 12 customers

 
5.0

Sharpness

By

from New York  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Besides having "pop," this lens is quite sharp. The following is an enlarged picture of people on the east side of the East River in Queens taken with the Zeiss f1.4/50mm Planar lens from the Manhattan (west) side of the river.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pro Quality, 3D and Rich Color

By

from Alhambra, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

For all the hype about Zeiss colors and 3-D, I use my Nikon D90 with Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF.2 to take some pictures, it is so Pro Quality, 3-D and Rich Color, I love this Zeiss lens.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy from Adorama again and again

By

from Lombard, IL  -  Casual Photographer

Exactly as advertised, delivered on time, just what I wanted.

 
5.0

Nice Lens

By

from Roswell, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have always loved zeiss lens going back to my Hasselblad days of film.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazingly Engaging

By

from Pittsburgh,Pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This Lens is outstanding.I had my doughts at first,because of its manual focus.But the Sharpness of THIS Lens pulls you into the subject to find that sweet spot of share perfection that it can produce.Whoe! I stop working with My L.100 Macro on a D7 to play with this ziess on a nike D7000. Mondane Objects come to life. I love it!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great videography lens

By

from Santa Rosa, Ca  -  Semi-Professional

great lens for videography use. Very smooth focus ring. However, for photography use the f-stop from f1.4-2.0 is not very sharp and would not be suitable for pictures sizes larger than 5x7 unless further editing is done inside Photoshop. At f2.8 and above the clarity is very crisp especially at f3.5. overall great lens.

(5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pro Quality

By

from tustin, California  -  Pro Photographer

This equipment is not for every body, is just for pros. Warning, this lens is extremely precise and extremely sharp, if you don't like quality don't buy any of this optics, because no matter what lighting situation you are working in this lens will always give you quality and the results will always be stunning.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great lense

By

from tn  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have been frustrated with autofocus cameras cause I could never get the focus where I wanted. This manual lens solved that. Perfect focus every time.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shoot Like a Pro

By

from Sarasota, Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

Since it doesn't autofocus, you need to buy the split focusing screen to have any chance of getting a focused picture. Even then, it's 50::50 except in bright light with sharp contrasts to work with. However, it is absolutely top quality and makes one jealous of the quality of glass pros use, especially at sports events. The bottom line is that there is a difference, a big difference, between the mundane lenses we generally use and something like this.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

what camera lenses should be

By

from Appleton, WI  -  Semi-Professional

The fit and finish on this lens is fantastic, it feels like good camera lenses used to feel. There is no plastic on the outside of the lens at all, and probably none on the inside judging by how this little jem weighs. Manual focusing with this is no problem, it really needs a focusing screen with some sort of a assist like a microprism etc... though. The focusing ring is very smooth with no slop or inconsistencies in it's motion. If this lense is used correctly, it is wonderfully sharp and renders images very naturally and beautifully, in a way that alot of other 50mm lenses I've used don't. Alot of people trash this lense for "not being sharp wide open"-this lense isn't meant to be used for making perfect reproductions of newspapers and test charts but rather to make beautiful images.

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Zijian Y  Does the lens have CUP, which use to communicate with camera?
JEFF H  Yes. The lens communicates with the camera just like a true Canon lens. The only exception, of course, is autofocus since it is a manual focus lens. It's a great lens. I would recommend getting a matte focusing screen to aid in precise manual focusing.
J. L. E  I want to set my f stop manually with this lens along with manual focus. Is that possible on the canon 7d? I know I can do this with this lens on an Sony nex 7
Little F  Yes, it's possible. This is a manual lens only
KEVIN M  How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
Robert M  Well, I am happy with this 50mm lens ;) I use it quite often and cannot complain about nothing.. except it is a bit small :)
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