Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50 ZF
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Great Lens, Disappointing Lens Cap
Timbuk Two "Dean Wormer", Amazon
12 March 2015
Summary: Nice lens. My only nipick, and the reason I subtracted one star, is that the lens cap is awful!! Why does a Zeiss lens have one of the most pathetic, sorry-$$ed excuse for a center-pinch lens cap that exists? The springs are not tight enough so it does not grip the the filter threads on the lens and falls off easily. Also, the buttons where one grabs it are not ergonomic. It is hard for one's fingers to securely grip them. After 2 days, I could not take it any longer.
Perfect if you're shooting high speed on a camera like ...
23 February 2015
Summary: Classic still lens! Perfect if you're shooting high speed on a camera like the Phantom or Photron. It's reliable, well built and very fast. Keep in mind that the iris is manual, so you have to know what you're doing or it's no good. Don't think this is some cheap lens that you can stick on your camera, it's for serious photographers who want great depth of field and precise focal length.
CANON USERS....DO NOT BUY L SERIES LENSES...NIKON USERS...GET THIS LENS OVER THE NORMAL ED GLASS WAY WORTH THE PRICE
George L. J. Miller, Amazon
3 September 2014
Summary: Beautiful match for my Nikon D610. The optics are nearly perfect!!!! The depth of field is very sensitive, though. When doing some pictures in the forest, I could clearly make out on F11 and F13 a slight fuzziness in the pictures farther away from the camera due to the sensitive depth of field. So, take heed when using this lens, it is more sensitive than other ones that you might use. You might need to use a smaller F opening for landscape pictures than normally.
Summary: I've had the pleasure of owning the 35/f2, 85/f1.4 as well as the 100/f2 (ZF.2) Makro Planar. This is the third lens I've owned from the Zeiss stable and based on the quality of the first two lenses I bought, I was compelled to get another two, the 50/f1.4 and the 100/f2. This lens has been stellar in every measure I can think of.
The downside is this lens makes it difficult to go back to my nikon lenses
30 October 2013
Summary: After working on technique I was ready to upgrade the glass I was shooting through. This lens does not disappoint. I used it as my only lens on a recent vacation and was even more impressed when I got to edit. There really wasn't much to do. Colors and contrast were already spectacular. If I did edit it was to get a more stylized feel or correct user error. Tack sharpness starts to appear at f4 but the DOF is special below that.
Summary: a true professional quality lens.sharpness,color,and clarity is incredible.this manual focus lens makes you more than just someone that pushes a shutter button.you must think,compose and pay attention for best results.built to last for generations.expensive but the payoff is outstanding.
Summary: it is a good lens but not really sharp when shoot wide open. one thing that you should be aware of, is when you attach the lens to the camera, lock the aperture ring to the min. and use camera body to control aperture, otherwise the body will show "FEE" and stop taking photos.
Zeiss lens on a Nikon D800 is a marriage made in Heaven
Francesco Bellucci, Amazon
31 August 2013
Summary: The 50mm Zeiss makes you feel like an artist photographer. Looking through the D800 viewfinder into this amazing Zeiss optics is a gift to your eyes. I owned many cameras and lenses through the years and the Planar is by far the best lens I ever used. Focusing is smooth and you can feel the quality of the materials at every turn of the focusing ring. My next lens will be another Zeiss. Worth every buck! Amazing sharpness, definition and colors rendition.