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Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE

28 January 2013
Szymon Starczewski

10. Focusing

The Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE is a manual lens in which you set the focus on your own. As it befits an instrument of high quality you get a huge and comfortable focus ring which can be turned through 300 degrees to serve the whole distance scale. It should also be emphasized that we deal here with a macro lens, which minimum focusing distance is 0.24 of a meter. Classic 50 mm devices usually feature a minimum focusing distance of less than 0.5 of a meter. In the case of the Zeiss most of the working scope of the ring is dedicated to the macro range. Passing from infinity to 0.45 of a meter you need a turn through 90 degrees and the rest 210 degrees are covered by a narrow range from 0.45 to 0.24 of a meter.

A depth of field scale, positioned on the casing of the lens, help you with the focusing.

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE - Focusing


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In a brochure which comes with the lens the producer includes a chart with the depth of field values for the particular apertures and distances. For example for an object situated in a distance of 5 meters at the maximum relative aperture you get the depth ranging from 4.53 to 5.06 meters.