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Zeiss Ikon 50mm f/2.0 Makro Planar ZE MF Macro Lens (Canon EOS-Mount)

by Zeiss
5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Description

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.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • ASIN: B002YP2WFK
  • Item model number: 1762-851
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at June 17, 2003

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This is one of the best lenses available for Canon SLR cameras.

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.
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I have purchased and used many 50mm lenses, including the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, this Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro, and most recently the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. For image quality, this is far and away my favorite of them all, though it's not the easiest to use or most appropriate for all circumstances. The build quality is top-notch and it feels dense and solid in your hands, very classy and traditional. But I'm all about image quality and that is where this lens really shines. It has the best resolution, contrast definition, and sharpness across the entire frame, and the least distortion of any 50mm lens I have used. The colors are very accurate and vibrant, a bit cooler than Canon which is typical of Zeiss lenses.

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.
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There's not a lot to dislike about this lens. As long as you forgive the manual focus it's a beautiful piece of kit. It's feels solid. The focus ring turns smoothly with the right amount of travel and feel. And, of course, it takes amazing photos with the legendary Zeiss micro contrast.
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This lens WILL ruin all other lenses for you. Just be forewarned. After using this lens, all my other lens seem inferior and I have trouble going back to them. I have never used a more sharp and beautiful lens in my life. The clarity, contrast, and colors are superb. The diffraction limited aperture is f/4 btw, that means it's at it's utmost sharpest at f/4, although it's still better than anything else I have in all of its range. Frankly, this lens lives on my camera now and I have to be very hard pressed to take it off. The macro feature is gorgeous! That means I can get in as close as I want and get THE most perfect dof. The bokeh this little guy spits out with out any difficulty are absolutely perfect. And don't let the small size fool you: it's heavy and build to last. Just holding it and you can instantly tell this is top notch quality. I sometimes pop this on my cropped sensor, so don't afraid to use it on either your cropped or full frame. Oh and the manual focus is SMOOOOTH! It feels like butter and the accuracy is almost scary. If I could only have one lens for the rest of my life from here on out, it would be this beast, hands down. If I were to suddenly no longer have this lens anymore, I would immediately go out and buy it again. The price tag is no joke, but honestly, you really get what you pay for in this case. I HIGHLY recommend it!
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