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Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 T*

Sharpness 
 9.3
Aberrations 
 9.0
Bokeh 
 9.7
Handling 
 10.0
Value 
 9.7
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Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 T*
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Description:
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture range: f/1.4 f/16
Focusing range: 0,45 m infinity
Number of elements/groups: 7/6
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert.: 45/38/26
Coverage at close range: 24 x 16 cm
Filter thread: 58mm x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps): 69-71 mm, length 66-71 mm
Weight: 380 g
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Registered: April, 2015
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 2,121

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 29, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Outstanding "3D" effect at f/1.6 - f/2
Cons: Soft image at f/1.4
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K3ii   

I've been doing lots of test shooting with my new-to-me Zeiss ZK 50mm f/1.4 lens. This lens has some purple fringing at the widest apertures. Bokeh and micro-contrast are excellent. Colors are good, but maybe a bit cooler and less saturated than are the Pentax Limited lenses.

I first compared it to my Pentax DA 55mm f/1.4 lens, and found the Pentax to be a tiny hair sharper at most apertures.

Then I compared it to my Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 lens. I found that I slightly preferred the overall "smoother/gentler/softer" rendering of the Voigtlander lens at f/3.5 through f/11 to the Zeiss lens.

I was considering selling this Zeiss 50mm lens, until I saw photos I took with it at f/1.6, f/1.8, and f/2. When taking a photo of an object from about 5 to 20 feet in front of this lens at these settings, I obtained a beautiful "3D" look that I've not seen with any of my other lenses (see attached photo).

I love this 3D effect so much that I've decided to keep this lens just to shoot it at f/1.8 ish.

Sure, this is a relatively expensive lens to keep around just for one specific use (like a one trick pony). So, call me crazy, but I like this effect so much I think that I'll keep this lens around just for this one purpose.
   
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Registered: May, 2011
Location: Hanoi
Posts: 199

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 27, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: metal build, great bokeh, sharpness
Cons: manual focus
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K200D   

I'm a lucky guy to own this limited lens.


Carl Zeiss T* 50mm f1.4 ZK, on Flickr


Carl Zeiss T* 50mm f1.4 ZK, on Flickr


Carl Zeiss T* 50mm f1.4 ZK, on Flickr


Carl Zeiss T* 50mm f1.4 ZK, on Flickr


Carl Zeiss T* 50mm f1.4 ZK, on Flickr
   
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Registered: January, 2012
Posts: 14

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 16, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness at f/2 and above, color, bokeh
Cons: CA, sharpness below f/2
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5, K-7   



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Registered: August, 2012
Posts: 2

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 6, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: bokeh, colours, sharpness, manual focus ring
Cons: front cap, i guess? =D

Absolutely great and unique lens!

This lens is one of a kind as every aperture value gives you a different application.

1.4 - soft, dreamy portraits with great color transitions and smoothest bokeh ever.
2.0 - sharp, detailed, but still smooth portraits with great bokeh
3.5-4.0 - very sharp all around street photography lens with great subject isolation
5.6 and smaller - super sharp normal lens.

Long focus throw is great for video and precise manual focus. The smoothness of focus ring makes it a pleasure to focus. All metal construction makes it feel like it can last long enough be a worthy gift for your grandchildren

The colours of this lens (combined with the bokeh) give it a very cinematic feel. In fact, this lens is used as a base for Zeiss CP lenses, so you know it's really good.

If you're in the market for a 50mm lens, definitely look at this one. Yes, it's MF and on an expensive side, but it is truly a unique one and is totally worth the price. It will make you think differently.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny987/4450299688/in/set-72157631299320520
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny987/6189832694/in/set-72157631299320520
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny987/6241784974/in/set-72157631299320520
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny987/7383898364/in/set-72157631299320520
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny987/7306980646/in/photostream

You can also take a look at my flickr set for this lens: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny987/sets/72157631299320520/
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