Zeiss 50mm 1,4 compared to Canon 50mm 1,4

Started May 17, 2013 | User reviews
(unknown member) Regular Member • Posts: 112
Zeiss 50mm 1,4 compared to Canon 50mm 1,4

I have just tested the Zeiss 50mm 1,4 and Canon 50mm 1,4 on my Canon 1Ds Mk3. Focus was approximately 1 metre on books on a shelf. At all apertures (1,4 to 8) the Canon was the clear winner (sharpness/focus) with the Zeiss appearing rather soft centre to edge. The Zeiss is being returned. This was by no means a scientific test, but rather what one could expect with your 'average day to day' usage at close range.

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50
Prime lens • Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF
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Canon EOS-1Ds Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50
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(unknown member) Senior Member • Posts: 1,471
what a shocker ...

This is a review is it ....lol

Where is the reference to mtf, to mid-infinity sharpness (insanely sharp as it happens), bokeh, colour, flare resistance, focus shift.

This lens isn't one of my favourites that now has a lot in common with your review technique.

The bookcase, did you shoot real books ...or just comics.

What a shocker


DimLS Regular Member • Posts: 200
Re: what a shocker ...

Zeiss is hazy at 1.4 (i like this) and is really blurred in the sides till f4. By f5.6 its amazing (with some field curvature)

Zeiss 50mm is an amazing lens. I was about to sell it until i understood its values, no its my fav normal lens:

For me Zeiss 50mm is a 3 in 1 package:

So, u can use zeiss at

A. f1,4 for dreammy hazy look. Perfect e.g.for portraits and objects.

B. From f2 to f4 for portraits and other applications, taking into consideration to avoid to place the point of attention much away from the center, if you want clear focus. Blurry sides means you get more "defocus" feel than what the best clinical lens could give you, and its a plus at specific applications.

C. From f5.6 its amazingly sharp and contrasty with great brilliance.

Keep in mind that zeiss is not corrected for close disctance. Performs better e.g. from 10m to invinity. 1m is for sure not a distance zeiss is sharp.

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