Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE / ZF

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 is know for a few different names, Zeiss 50 1.4 / Planar 50 1.4 / ZE 50 1.4 / ZF 50 1.4 … No matter which name you call it, it is the latest generation 50mm lens from Carl Zeiss which is made in Japan by Cosina.

carl zeiss 50 ze zf

carl zeiss 50 ze zf

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 is a simple and beautiful lens with full metal barrel body that feels solid in your hand and give you a little luxury feeling. The focus ring is smooth and very precise that give you a very high quality taste. The 9 blades aperture give you very soft and nice out of focus area blur.

carl zeiss 50 ze on 5D mark II

carl zeiss 50 ze on 5D mark II

People often compare Carl Zeiss 50 1.4 with EF 50 1.4 or Nikon 50 1.4 D AF; Zeiss 50 1.4 is better in color, contrast and sharpness at wide open, but when stepped down, the performance of the 3 lenses are very close to each others.

carl zeiss 50 zf on Nikon D200

carl zeiss 50 zf on Nikon D200

The Zeiss Planar ZE/ZF T* 50mm f/1.4 is a manual focus lens. Manual focus means you need to look and turn the focus ring carefully until you get a sharp focus. If you have the time to enjoy the pleasure of photography, it is very enjoyable to use the T* 50’s smooth and precise focus ring. The full metal barrel body just make you enjoy more.

However, manual focus is not for everyone, it works better on full frame DSLR bodies like Canon EOS 5D mark II or Nikon D700, because of the bigger and brighter view finder. If you are using crop sensor DSLR like EOS 450D, EOS 50D, Nikon D90 or Nikon D300, you may find the smaller and dim view finder give you less than enjoyable manual focus experience.

Carl Zeiss Planar ZE T* 50mm f/1.4 sample photos

Zeiss T* 50 1.4 share the same physical structure design for ZE, ZF, ZK and ZS mount, you may expect no matter which mount you use, Zeiss T* would deliver very the same photo quality.

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 1

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 2

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 3

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 4

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 5

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 6

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 7

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 8

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 9

carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 9 - 100% crop

carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 9 - 100% crop

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 10

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 11

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carl zeiss 50 ze zf sample photo 12

Carl Zeiss T* 50 f/1.4 ZE/ZF reminds the good old days

Despite of the fine build quality and superb photo quality, manual focus is just not for everyone. However, for those who grew up with manual focus film cameras, Carl Zeiss would be a very enjoyable lenses that reminds you all the good old days.

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