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Registered: January 2015
Posts: 13
Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* 2/50 review by Airy
Review Date: 1/31/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, bokeh, image quality, low CA and distortion
Cons: Price, size, weight, sensitivity to backlight

An excellent but not perfect lens, as it has numerous minor drawbacks :

f/2 aperture is, photometrically speaking, rather f/2.5
Vignetting (wide open) is high
Sensitivity to backlight is obvious, sometimes inducing an increasing loss of contrast when stopping down from f/2 to f/8 for instance (typical case : shooting a pipe organ case against stained glass windows). Fortunately f/2-f/2.8 are quite good in terms of sharpness, so stopping down does not feel necessary for flat subjects at least.
Coma is not outrageous but still significant (yes, I use it for night shots with good results).
1:2 magnification ratio at best (consider an extension tube)
Slightly warm (yellowish) cast (I own a ZF2) ; the Nikkors 50/1.2 AIS or 50/1.8G are no doubt more neutral
Nine lens blades, but straight ones, yielding nice sunstars but also sharp enneagons from time to time (less nice).

On the positive side, sharpness, bokeh and overall image quality are excellent. Distortion is negligible (but for certain reproduction works). CA is also extremely low, in particular longitudinal CA. While not an APO lens, it comes very close.

Also, while heavy and bulky in the bag, with the camera in hand (Df in my case, most of the time) it balances well and is very pleasant to handle. I use it more often than all other 50mm (AIS or AF) together.

Registered: June 2008
Posts: 9
Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* 2/50 review by telecommuter
Review Date: 11/26/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, the way it feels, the details it can render
Cons: pathetic lens cap - insanely poor design

This is another of the utterly splendid Zeiss lenses designed to mount onto the Canon bodies without any adapters. What a piece of photographic gear, it is just so properly manufactured.

Image rendering is superb. It is one of the two or three lenses (all Zeiss) which out-resolve my 21mp body. This has the desirable effect or eliminating any manner of dithering or guessing by the camera body - what you see is what you capture.

I prefer this focal length for portraits but am becoming adept at using it for pretty much anything. Highly recommended for the degree of detail and color rendering. Stop it down to f/4 and it is insanely sharp edge to edge.

A slowly growing library of sample shots can be found here...

Registered: January 2010
Posts: 2
Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* 2/50 review by ioiooi
Review Date: 1/28/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,283.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Very Sharp, Build Quality, Precision Instrument
Cons: Cheap Lens Cap

I've recently reverted back to using DSLRs after using Rangefinders; specifically Leica M8.2 and M9. I'm currently using a Nikon D3s Body which has amazing IQ + high ISO performance (something that the Leica's lack).

The Zeiss Makro-Planar T*2/50 brings very similar image quality akin to the M-System Lens to DSLRs. This lens is very versatile; I use it extensively to make panoramas, take portraits and macro work.

What I don't understand is why it came with such a crappy lens cap. For some reason its very hard to put back on and I'm paranoid of it falling off.


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