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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50 mm f/1.7

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50 mm f/1.7
 

Specifications:

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
Additional information

Average rating (7 owners reviews).

Build quality 4.86
Optical quality 4.86
Value for money 5.00
Overall 4.90
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User: wolf
IP 87.146.x.x
Date: 2013-08-22 18:58:21
Owner since: 5 years
Price:
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

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User: Reivax
IP 83.35.x.x
Date: 2012-11-19 16:14:00
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

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User: Imagepro.dk
IP 77.215.x.x
Date: 2012-10-05 21:46:06
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.

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User: amir
IP 88.71.x.x
Date: 2012-07-21 04:00:50
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.

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User: Ansel47
IP 24.21.x.x
Date: 2011-03-21 21:22:30
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.

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User: Elsass
IP 150.214.x.x
Date: 2011-01-28 20:04:56
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.

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User: Fabrizio
IP 93.63.x.x
Date: 2010-09-23 09:58:50
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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