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The 50mm Makro-Planar is recognized as one of the sharpest lenses in anyone’s lineup. Not a true Macro in that maximum focusing is at a 1:2 ratio, but allows you to focus as close as 9.45" from your subject. Although it does give up a stop of aperture compared to the ZF 50 f/1.4, many photographers prefer it because of its razor sharp images.
The ZF.2 designation adds a microchip to the lens that automatically lets the camera know time, aperture setting, and manual exposure settings, including those for cameras that are not AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. Optically the ZF.2 lenses are identical to the original ZF lenses, so if these functions aren’t important to you you save some money by getting the original ZF mount.
Zeiss Try and Buy: We are a registered Zeiss dealer and sell new-in-box, fully warrantied Zeiss ZF.2 lenses. With any ZF.2 lens rental of 4 days or longer, if you decide you want to buy it, we will apply your 4 day rental fee to the purchase of a brand new copy at our listed price. (Note: this is not your used rental copy, you will be buying a new lens).
I’ve been shooting Zeiss lenses completely manually, using adapters on Canon bodies for several years because I love the Zeiss look. The chance to shoot these direct mount lenses with focus confirmation and automatic aperture has made my day. The 50 Makro-Planar is one of the ZF lenses I strongly prefer to the other 50mm lenses available. Its simply one of the sharpest lenses at this focal length you can find. Its sharp wide open, but of course that means f/2, so if you need an ultra-wide aperture, this isn’t the lens for you.
If you’re interested in finding good reviews of the various ZF lenses, with in-depth analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, we recommend spending a few dollars and getting Lloyd Chambers online review of the ZF lineup
- Filter Size
- 67mm (nonrotating front element)
- 1.1 lb
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 9.45 inches
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 45 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Internal focusing, nonrotating, manual, floating element
- Aperture Blades
- 8 curved, circular shape
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Fluorite Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Nikon F
- DX, FX
- Macro, Video
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