Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF.2 Series Manual Focus Lens for the Nikon F (AI-S) Bayonet SLR System.

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For limited time only, save 17.00% on the Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 dropping from $725.00 to $601.41 when you buy this item at Adorama.com and Shipping is free! . The Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 also comes in Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar ZF.2 Lens #1767825 f/Nikon -BUNDLE- w/Filter Set & More and a Zeiss ZF.2 SLR 5-Lens Bundle & Transport Case .

The ZEISS ZF.2 with F bayonet for digital SLRs. Thanks to its electronic interface (CPU), these new ZEISS lenses support all-important operations such as the automatic exposure for shutter priority, aperture priority and program modes. The CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure settings, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. These quicker and faster handling capabilities of the ZF.2 lenses are especially useful under hectic shooting conditions.

ZEISS lenses truly come into their own in situations that demand extreme photographic creativity and maximum image quality. Carl Zeiss' fixed focal length lenses are known for their high light sensitivity and precise manual handling, leaving the photographer in full control. The new ZF.2 series will be especially interesting for photo enthusiasts who value creative, high-quality images combined with the comfort of automatic settings.



The Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Zeiss 50mm F/1.4: Nice bokeh and Strong construction

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

  • ZF.2 Support all-important operations such as the automatic exposure for shutter priority, aperture priority and program modes
  • The CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible.
  • The lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure settings
  • Carl Zeiss T* lens coating

Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 Specifications

Focal Length
50 mm
Aperture range
f/1.4 - f/16 (1/2 increments)
Focusing range
0.45 m - infinity
Coverage at close range
16 x 24 cm
Number of elements/groups
7 / 6
Angular field (diag./horiz.)
46/39 °
Filter-Mount
M 58 x 0.75
Weight
330 g
Diameter
66 mm
Length
69 mm
Mfr #
1767825
SKU
ZI5014PTZF2

Zeiss 50mm F/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (0)

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    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Shoot Like a Pro

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.

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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dan m  Hello, Can I use the lens directly on a Nikon D 90, please? thank you, regards
ERROL B  I'm using it on a D800, with great results. Have not tried it on a D90, so cannot comment.
Avtar K  Can I use it with Nikon D800...??
GERALD B. K  I use a D700, so I'm not speaking from experience, but Nikon has been using the same bayonet interface for decades. I can't imagine there would be any reason why they'd obsolete all their earlier lenses by changing it on the D800. I'm sure you can use it. Be warned though that this lens is so good that it'll spoil you for all others. And, by the way, manually focusing is no big deal. It'll be second nature in a couple of days.
Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
GERALD B. K  I bought that lens because Zeiss puts out an absolutely top-of-the-line quality lens. I never use auto-focus anyway, so the manual focus is not a problem. The pros are that the sharpness is like nothing I've ever seen before, and the color rendition and contrast are like you've only seen in professional shots. The cons are (1) it is very difficult to focus, even after replacing the focusing screen ($109), and it has some electrical problem that frequently screws up the aperture (producing a display of f95 or E/E), white photos, and data of f0.0 (whatever that would mean). I don't know if my lens is defective or what, but the unreliability is a real pain. HOWEVER, this lens will make you see why the pros get so photos that are so different from ours. Great glass makes a big, big difference.
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