Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4

Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE

Lens Summary

Brand: Zeiss

Also Known As: Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K

Release Date: 2006-01-01

MSRP Price: $725

Made in: Germany

Infrared Rating: Poor

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: The focal length of the Planar T* 1,4/50 is equal to the perspective of the human eye. Its fast aperture and exceptional compactness are its outstanding features. This lens produces pleasing portrait style quality at the widest aperture and sharpens considerably beyond f/4 for any general purpose application.

Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length50mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor (APS-C)
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:6.6
Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)45°
Optical Information
Lens Elements7
Lens Groups6
Diaphragm Blades9 (rounded)
T* Anti-Reflective CoatingYes
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Minimum Focus Distance0.45m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size58mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions66 x 69mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 Diagram

MTF Chart

Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4


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Ole Riis

There is no objective answer to the question: Which lens is the best? The answer depends on how you want to depict the motive. Zeiss Planar 50 f:1.4 is excellent for those, who take some time to compose the picture. The rendering is beautiful at f:4 and further up. However, if you wish for a cheap, sharp versatile point-and.shoot lens, then Canon’s small 40 f:2.8 is a better choice. Planar is rather soft at f:1.4 – which is perfect if you wish for a dreamy effect in portraits or landscapes.

Yatin Chachad

This lens is designed in Germany by Zeiss, but manufacturing is done by Cosina Voightlander in Japan.