A real sleeper.

Started Jul 16, 2018 | User reviews
scrane
scrane Senior Member • Posts: 2,164
A real sleeper.
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At present used prices this lens is a bargain. Funky wide open with a dreamy rendition, this lens becomes about as sharp as you can get by f4. Typical Zeiss colors, contrast, and micro contrast.

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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50
Prime lens • Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF
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Emil Varadi
Emil Varadi Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
Well...

… I have not seen much praise heaped on this lens, but rather on the 50/2.
You seem to be in a narrow minority…

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scrane
OP scrane Senior Member • Posts: 2,164
Re: Well...

Emil Varadi wrote:

… I have not seen much praise heaped on this lens, but rather on the 50/2.
You seem to be in a narrow minority…

I think the f1.4 and f2 are comparable in their common focal lengths. Most people who don't like the f1.4 never tried it.

https://www.imaging-resource.com/lenses/carl-zeiss/50mm-f1.4-planar-t-1.450/review/

https://www.imaging-resource.com/lenses/carl-zeiss/50mm-f2-makro-planar-t-250/review/

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Emil Varadi
Emil Varadi Senior Member • Posts: 1,521
Re: Well...

scrane wrote:

I think the f1.4 and f2 are comparable in their common focal lengths. Most people who don't like the f1.4 never tried it.

Would you like to tell this to Zeiss lens guru Lloyd Chambers?

I also do not see too many people chiming in to support your cause. But sure, if someone would toss a 50/1.5 planar towards me I would not jump away…

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scrane
OP scrane Senior Member • Posts: 2,164
Re: Well...

Emil Varadi wrote:

But sure, if someone would toss a 50/1.5 planar towards me I would not jump away…

I wouldn't either. That 1.5 Planar has got to be a real collectors item.

It seems we might not be discussing the same lens.

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scrane
OP scrane Senior Member • Posts: 2,164
Re: A real sleeper.

Here's a full size shot from the 50/1.4 ZF on a Sony a7rii. Probably shot at f5.6 or f8, I can't remember which due to lack of exif data with a ZF.

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scrane
OP scrane Senior Member • Posts: 2,164
Re: A real sleeper.

Here's the Zeiss 50/1.4 people love to hate. This was shot on a Nikon d810 (which allows manual loading of lens parameters) wide open. The dreamy quality is due to high spherical aberration. Believe it or not, this "look" comes in handy in some situations.

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(unknown member) Veteran Member • Posts: 4,084
Re: A real sleeper.

After research, I went with the optically redesigned and weather sealed Milvus 50/1.4 Distagon T* instead. That Zeiss sent me a 30%  discount that made the Milvus less than $200 more than the Planar sealed the decision, and I couldn't be happier.

However, if you like the Planar more power to you. It just seems more suited to film than digital, IMO.

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(unknown member) Veteran Member • Posts: 4,084
Re: Well...

The 50/1.5 is a Sonnar lens design, not Planar.

https://www.casualphotophile.com/2017/07/07/zeiss-50mm-f1-5-sonnar-versus-f2-planar-a-film-shooters-opinion/

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scrane
OP scrane Senior Member • Posts: 2,164
Re: Well...

The optically redesigned Milvus for only $200. more than the older version is a really great deal. Congratulations!

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Re: Well...

Yeah, I'm loving that 50/1.4 M with CPL... (low-res on a 21:9 crop, very little PP)

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No Regrets
No Regrets Senior Member • Posts: 1,065
Re: Well...
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I recently picked up a minty Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f1/4 ZF.2 in the Classic version. I am absolutely loving this lens. It has two personalities. I love the dreamy rendering it has when shooting wide open, especially with flowers. It often times gives a very painterly look. Stopping down ever so slightly, you can see the image sharpen up very nicely and get a whole new look. This lens is very versatile. I think some people may not give it enough time to learn it's personality.

Best Wishes

Edit: I'm not sure why the Exif doesn't show correctly...I'll admit I can be technically challenged quite often Here is a sampling at varying apertures.

Flowers are f1.4

Statue is f5

Motorcycle is f1.4

The Light Pier is f6.3

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Cineast Regular Member • Posts: 435
Re: Well...

I'm in that narrow minority too.

I love mine for landscapes. I use it for panoramas quite often. It has deep and rich colors, is very sharp, behaves excellently in back-lit situations. It has very smooth bokeh once stopped down a bit (much smoother than the 50 f2 btw).

If you want that trendy super shallow depth of field look, you have to get something else (Milvus 50 1.4 f.e.).

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