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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.
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.
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.
Exactly as advertised, delivered on time, just what I wanted.
I have always loved zeiss lens going back to my Hasselblad days of film.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.