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Zeiss Ikon 50mm f/2.0 Makro Planar ZE MF Macro Lens (Canon EOS-Mount)
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|Included Components||Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro Planar ZF Lens - Lens|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.83 x 3.46 inches|
|Item Display Weight||15 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.68 pounds|
With the introduction of the Makro-Planar T* 2/50, Carl Zeiss expands its existing ZE line of lenses for EF-mount cameras. Owners of EOS camera models can now create detail-rich macro images that allow the effective use of both sharpness and unsharpness to be deployed as creative elements. These fast, versatile lenses are also perfect as standard focal lengths for portraits or still life photography. Even in tricky lighting situations such as dusk, the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 creates distortion-free images thanks to its extraordinary fast aperture. Whether capturing an insect resting on a flower or the moisture on a piece of fruit, these lenses allow a degree of sharpness that was hitherto impossible. Even with a maximum aperture opening and a low focal depth, the desired image can be easily isolated from its surroundings. The macro lens renders objects in close-up on a scale of 1:2. To enable such detail, this lens includes Carl Zeisss acclaimed "floating elements" design. This special lens alignment enables high optical performance across the entire focusing range, from 0.24m to infinity.
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I demand a high quality 50mm "normal" lens. Normal lenses spend the most time on my camera, and are useful in practically any situation. I used and ultimately sold several other 50mm lenses before arriving at this Makro-Planar option. Now I have finally found the keeper. Let me explain why:
* Excellent contrast and color reproduction
* Ability to focus from 10" to infinity means I'm Never bumping up against minimum focal distances
* Shooting wider than f/2 isn't, in my opinion, very useful
* Focusing manually is very smooth, helped immensely by the focus confirmation, and more appropriate than auto-focus for most situations
* 270 degrees of rotation on the focus ring allow very precise, minor adjustments to focus
* Results from this lens are repeatedly stunning
* The lens is physically small enough that it causes no portability issues. It feels very comfortable carrying around for extended periods of time.
* This lens, plain and simple, does not distort or have chromatic aberrations.
I cannot speak highly enough of this lens. It has become my workhorse lens, and rarely leaves my camera, and rarely my camera bag. If you are scared by lack of auto-focus, let me reassure that focusing manually, especially on a lens designed to only focus manually, is much easier than you may think. Overall, I give this lens 5 very well earned stars.
This lens is larger and heavier than any other 50mm lens except for the Canon f/1.2L and the very rare f/1.0. I haven't had the opportunity to try either of those but they serve a very different purpose than this lens, being primarily for portraiture and astrophotgraphy. The Canon f/1.2L is designed to be very sharp in the center but with a soft glow around the edges while this lens is quite sharp all the way into the corners.
The focus ring is well dampened and since it has a long focus throw, manual focus is extremely accurate and this makes it a great lens for video follow focus. Purists will say this is not a "true macro" lens as the maximum magnification is 1:2 but I don't necessarily need 1:1 on this since it is not my primary macro lens... nor would I recommend this as your primary macro lens. For your first macro lens I would recommend looking at one of the Canon 100mm macros. (Side Note: If you use this lens with an adapter on a Micro 4/3 camera, it becomes a "100mm equivalent" macro lens.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great lens for Canon. It is built like a rock. Manual---It really is a studio lens.Published 2 months ago by Artist-Writer
I don't shoot much micro, I shoot portrait frequently. I love the optical quality of this lens. It is excellent in both sharpness and color! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Norman Feng