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Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50 mm f/1.5 ZM

Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Model C Sonnar T* 50 mm f/1.5 ZM
Lens style Normal
Focal length 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.5
Angle of view 45.7 o
Closest focusing distance 0.9 m
Maximum magnification 1:15
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 6 elements / 4 groups
Filter diameter 46 mm
Macro No
Available mounts
Dimensions 56 x 45 mm
Weight 250 g
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4.83 Good
Owners reviews (2)
  1. Stevo
    Stevo 30 March 2021, 14:03
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    IP 108.170.x.x
    Owner since:
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: It’s cons are also it’s pros. Due to field curvature the edges are soft but this adds to the 3D pop and beautiful bokeh you can get for your portraits.

    Pros: We are in a sterile lens world right now where each lens that is released feels the same. Boring sharpness with zero character and optically flawless. The zeiss c sonnar is my desert island 50mm. I love the short focus throw and the wide open sharpness is just right. It’s compact with great build quality .

    Summary: Desert island 50mm

  2. Peoplewing
    Peoplewing 16 May 2016, 08:45
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    IP 79.255.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 999
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Little focus-shift, but you can handle this on a camera with live-view, as Sony A7x and Leica M 240/246. Sharp in the edges only from f5.6-8.0 on.

    Pros: It's a wonderful lens for portrait work. Use it at 1.5-2.8 an enjoy it's sharpness in the center und it's pretty bokeh in the edges. A perfect alternative to the Leica Noctilux on Leica M, as well as on Sony A7x (with adapter).

    Summary: Perfect for artistic portrait work, good sharpness in the center even at 1.5. If I had to decide for only one single lens on ma Leica M, I would take this one!

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