Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50 ZF
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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: I've always dreamed of Zeiss lenses. This is my first, and there may be more... The mechanical build has the best of the German and Japanese. It truly drives like a high end, tight, precise sports car. Overcorrect and it's a wild ride, but snaps back in. The truly remarkable part of this lens are the near perfect sharpness. I've never seen sharper in my classic Nikon glass primes... I would buy this lens over and over again!
Summary: It feels good in your hands, well built and smooth to operate. Pictures are definitely superior to equivalent Nikon lens of equivalent characteristics. Will buy the Zeiss wide angles but not the short tele portrait: Nikon 105mm f2.5 is VG.
Pros: New life to old cameras, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: The construction is superb, fully metal, sturdy more than enough and great handling. The focusing ring is a bit stiff compared to Nikkor 24mm f2.8 for example, but nothing to care about. The performance is, also, superb; contrast and colours are astonishing and aberrations, distorsions or vignetting aren't noticeable, bokeh is better than 85mm ones. For me, the lack of autofocus isn't a problem.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Clean, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens (which gave its name to an entire design type) is a symmetrical design and has very high resolution and build quality. Its colour rendition is very good, and its bokeh (how it reproduces out of focus highlights) is excellent. many lenses will produce a coarse out of focus background; that from the Zeiss Planar is creamy and smooth, giving a wonderfully sharp foreground and an non-distracting background blur.
Summary: You'll note that my other ~50mm lenses are all f/4 (manual focus & manual/preset f stops, used with shift adapters). Being use to working with them and getting really excellent results (especially from the CZJ 50mm), I wanted something equivalent for indoor available light. This lens was a bad choice. I don't understand how I can see something that looks good in the viewfinder at f/1.4 and have it turn out so consistently bad as a photograph.
Summary: To start, having used this lens for more than a year and a half. I must say it is great glass and it is wonderful for creativity. It is just like the others that i own, the 25mm, 85mm, and the furture 100mm macro, they are first designed for film cameras,However they will work with digital cameras providing that you go into that very hefty manual provided with that digital device and learn to set it properly for this very fast and lets not Forget,MANUAL LENSE.