Review Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE Canon

Lens Overview - Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4

A classic focal length and a classic design, the Nikon F-mount Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 from ZEISS is a normal-length prime ideal for working with most subjects. Its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture excels in low-light conditions and also offers greater control over depth of field for using selective focus. The Planar type optical concept is a tried-and-true design that yields consistently high sharpness throughout the focusing range with even illumination throughout the aperture range. Also, a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy.

Normal-length prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 75mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for achieving selective focus effects and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 1.5'.
All-metal lens barrel and mount offers high durability and rigidity.
A nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when working with selective focus techniques.

Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 Latest Price



Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View45°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design7 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.6 x 1.77" / 66 x 45 mm
Weight11.64 oz / 330 g

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Lens Technical

Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE CanonSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM ASigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Name Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE CanonSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sony FESigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.4f/1.4f/1.4
Year 200920182018
Mount Type Canon EFSony FESigma SA
Lens Type Lens MediumLens TelephotoLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $725
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 50105105
Global 26.2639
Effective Mega Pixel 18.2556
Distorsion 0.504
Vignetting -1.73658
Tstop 1.47854
Ac 16.6779
Vignetting Ranking 10863
Tstop Ranking 104
Ac Ranking 10727
Pixel Depth 30.4
Price Sensor 3500
Sensor Raw 31.26
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type Professional
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Dec. 2009Feb. 2018Feb. 2018
Brand Carl ZeissSigmaSigma


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