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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50 mm f/1.7

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Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Model Planar T* 50 mm f/1.7
Lens style Normal
Focal length 51.9 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.7
Angle of view 47 o
Closest focusing distance 0.6 m
Maximum magnification
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 7 elements / 6 groups
Filter diameter 55 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Contax & Yashica
Dimensions 36 x 59 mm
Weight 195 g
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Average rating (7 owners reviews)
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4.90 Good
Owners reviews (7)
  1. wolf
    wolf 22 August 2013, 18:58
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    IP 87.146.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Used to be rather expensive

    Pros: Possibly best standard lens ever; in my opinion superior to the more famous Planar 1,4

    Summary: see above

  2. Reivax
    Reivax 19 November 2012, 16:14
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    IP 83.35.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 195 €
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Itchy feet to get another with the same results (more money)

    Pros: Light weight, superb balanced between quality/price

    Summary: Use it on a Fuji X-E1 without Low Pass filter......AMAZINGLY SHARP

  3. Imagepro.dk
    Imagepro.dk 5 October 2012, 21:46
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    IP 77.215.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 35 USD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Slightly difficult to focus wide open on my RTS, but that could be the focusing screen.

    Pros: Phenomenally sharp - especially from 2.8. Lovely bokeh, too.

    Summary: A must-have lens or the Contax/Yashica system.

  4. amir
    amir 21 July 2012, 04:00
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    IP 88.71.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 99 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: (on a D800) Purple fringing and soft when used wide open. Minor axial CAs (purple/green) when used open. Vignetting when used open.

    Pros: (on a D800) Stopped (from about 2.8) down very sharp, very good contrast. Distortions low. CAs rather low. Very small and light weight.

    Summary: I wouldn't use it wide open on a D800, then it is too soft, low contrast, with halos around bright objects. But once stopped down the results are quite impressive, if you now how to focus. While not very prone to flare, I'd recommend to use a lens hood for maximum contrast.

  5. Ansel47
    Ansel47 21 March 2011, 21:22
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    IP 24.21.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 175USD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Softens up a little after f/8, even on Micro 4/3', Manual focus, have to use Contax adaptor with manual aperture control only and no aperture "open-lock" function. I have a pristine copy but seems a little darker then a Canon 50mm FD f/1.4 at F/1.8

    Pros: Very sharp, even at F/1.7 nice bokeh, smooth-precision focusing and nice smooth aperture control ring. Neutral color, rugged.

    Summary: Have not had a chance to sample this lens on a full-frame camera but on Micro 4/3' its very sharp and neutral as far as color. I think it looks a little better then older Nikon 50mm 1.4 (nicer reds and greens) and skin tones seem a little more natural then the Canon FD 50mm. Overall a very honest lens that in some tests beats lenses costing up to 20 times more. Albiet in average lighting and stopped down I see little difference between the mint $50 Canon and Nikon 50mm lenses, on M43 at least.

  6. Elsass
    Elsass 28 January 2011, 20:04
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    IP 150.214.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 125$
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Superb resolution, color and contrast at all apertures. Good build quality. Excellent focusing ring.

    Pros: Difficult to say something, maybe bokeh could be a bit better.

    Summary: Simply excellent, nothing more to say.

  7. Fabrizio
    Fabrizio 23 September 2010, 09:58
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    IP 93.63.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: 200 eur
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none

    Pros: Very good resolution Bokeh Fast

    Summary: Use it on a digital camera with a 1.6x crop factor and you'll have a very good portrait lens (it's like an 80mm 1.7 lens).

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