Review Lens: Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon

Lens Overview - Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2

The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount cameras is a macro lens that provides a normal perspective and allows for close focusing down to 9.4" (24 cm). It uses a new lens design which incorporates floating elements to ensure high performance across a wide focusing range. As a result, the lens can be used for non-macro applications and becomes a versatile 'standard' lens when used with a full frame camera.

The new ZF.2 lenses are an enhanced version of ZF lenses. They feature an electronic interface (CPU) that enables support of all important camera operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure settings. Photographers no longer have to set the parameters in the camera menu as the lens now transmits standard data such as focal length, speed and the aperture setting to the camera. This data can then be viewed in the EXIF data of each picture.

The ZF.2 lenses have a mechanical lock on the aperture ring to lock the aperture ring at the lowest setting and prevent unintentional adjustment while taking pictures.

For technical reasons, these lenses do not have a half-step aperture lock between the lowest (stop position) and the second lowest aperture setting. This guarantees reliable recognition of the automatic position.

The lowest aperture on ZF.2 lenses is colored orange to emphasize the automatic position of the aperture ring.

Compatibility

Nikon:
F2-A, Nikkormat FT3, FM, FM2 (Manual only)
F2-AS (Manual & Shutter Priority only)
EM (Aperture Priority only)
EL, FE, FE2, FM3A, F3 (Manual only)
F301, F501, FG (Manual & Aperture Priority only)
FA, F4, F5 (all functions supported)
F70, F90, F90X, F100, F401, F601, F801, D1, D1X, D1H, F50, F55, F65, F75, F80, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D3000, D5000 (all functions supported)
F6, D2-Series, D200, D300, D300s, D3, D3s, D3X, D700, D800, D800E, D4 (all functions supported)
FujiFilm
FinePix S1Pro, S2Pro, S3Pro, S5Pro (all functions supported)
Kodak:
Kodak Pro 14n (all functions supported)
The floating elements design ensures a high quality image throughout the entire focusing range.
Precision mechanics and a very large angle of rotation enable the photographer to very precisely focus on the details in the image.
Optical system of fantastic performance and long-life, metal precision mechanics
ZF.2 lenses have F bayonet and mechanical aperture coupling as well as CPU coupling for Nikon, Fujifilm or Kodak SLR cameras.

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 Latest Price



Filter Size67mm
Lens MountNikon F
f/Stop Rangef/2 - f/22
Minimum Focus Distance0.79' (0.24 m)
Angle of View45°
Magnification1:2
Minimum Focus Distance9.45" / 24 cm
Mount TypeF bayonet type
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Angle of View45° diagonal
38° horizontal
26° vertical
Groups/Elements6/8

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Samyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS Sony E $357 $549 2015Samyang Medium
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Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 $585 $900 2012Nikon Wide
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM $1215 $1869 2006Canon Medium - Telephoto
SemiProDSLR
23 MP
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0.3
9.84
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH $1040 $1600 2014Panasonic Medium
Hybrid
16 MP
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Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 Sony $519 $799 2015Mitakon Medium - Telephoto
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Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.2 Aspherical Leica M $689 $1060 2018Voigtlander Medium
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Lens Technical

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 NikonLeica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPHLeica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH
Name Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 NikonLeica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPHLeica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/2f/2f/2
Year 200920182018
Mount Type Nikon F FXLeica LLeica L
Lens Type Lens MediumLens MediumLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $1280$4750$5150
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 507590
Global 34.3361
Effective Mega Pixel 23.1051
Distorsion 0.222
Vignetting -1.72764
Tstop 2.29803
Ac 7.04015
Vignetting Ranking 10808
Tstop Ranking 3165
Ac Ranking 4412
Pixel Depth 36.3
Price Sensor 3300
Sensor Raw 36.56
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type SemiProDSLR
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Nov. 2009Jan. 2018Jan. 2018
Brand Carl ZeissLeicaLeica


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