Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZF Reviews

Aug 29th, 2006Editorial

Priced Paid
$499

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a week

Top end lens. Immaculate sharpness across all apertures and build quality is exceptional. Deserves its reputation
Nov 28th, 2006jazzaddict

Priced Paid
635 euro

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a week

I've owned the Nikkor 50mm F 1.4 AF D, but the Zeiss beat it all the way down. Sharpest lens I've ever seen, even wide open. Superior build quality. A must have !
Dec 5th, 2006Nicky

Priced Paid
650$

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a month

Indeed,a fantastic hunk of glass! Extremely sharp, gives true and saturated colors, and a smooth overall picture. In my opinion, ideal for portraiture. The right case to empty the money-box!
Jan 21st, 2007jcmthk

Priced Paid
USD 496

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a year

The most expensive 50/1.4 I have even owned, but worth every penny when the picture is out.
Sep 1st, 2007Sari

Priced Paid
400usd

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a month

Good lens, Not so expencive in Japan
Jun 26th, 2008mustha

Priced Paid
550$

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I bought this lens to replace my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AI. I use it with an Nikon Fm2 camera, I also have a Nikon 50mm f/ 1.4D AF Nikkor, so my opinions are always drawn in comparison with my experience with the two Nikon lenses.


I admit that electronics might be useful though I don't miss it.
The focus ring is extremely smooth and accurate, more than the Nikon lenses, and the lens is excellently built.


Overall image quality exceeds both Nikons, notably in sharpness and colour accurateness.


I noted a slight barrel distortion on f/2.8 but less than the Nikon lenses.
I haven't tested it in digital cameras.

The following links will take you to some of the images produced with the combination "Nikon FM2+Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50 ZF + Fuji PRO 160C":


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Jun 8th, 2009KAMERAKat9

Priced Paid
$484. USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

KAMERKat9

I am a B&W photographer and printer. I borrowed the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZF. When I printed the second image, I bought the lens. Unbelievable tones! Whereas the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AIS (Photodo Gr 4.4) gives a tone, the Zeiss gives TWO tones. One has to see a B&W print. Also very sharp.
I would rate the Zeiss a Gr 4.6, estimate.

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