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Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:19:40 AM »

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE lens. This is an extremely versatile and optically terrific macro lens from Zeiss. I’ve used it a couple of times and I’ve never been disappointed by it!


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“The Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens is a luxury to use and it delivers all-around impressiveness. As I said before, this lens delivers image quality that might leave you feeling uneasy about the image quality that your other lenses are producing.”


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Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:19:40 AM »

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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 12:22:00 PM »
I've always loved Bryan's reviews. Thorough, detailed, with excellent example imagery to accompany the text.

I am a little bummed that the lens only magnifies to 1:2 though. Would have been nice if it was a true 1:1 macro lens. The quality, and the manual nature, are rather appealing for a macro lens, though.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 12:56:22 PM »
God I love that lens, it's simply what I love in a lens, superb in every way wide open, quite fast aperture. I don't use it for macro, although I absolutely love that I can shoot portraits super tight and never worry about mfd or that the IQ is shot to hell up close, like the 50 L.

It's so nice that even an AF junkie like me wants to use it as much as possible.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 01:44:18 PM »
God I love that lens, it's simply what I love in a lens, superb in every way wide open, quite fast aperture. I don't use it for macro, although I absolutely love that I can shoot portraits super tight and never worry about mfd or that the IQ is shot to hell up close, like the 50 L.

It's so nice that even an AF junkie like me wants to use it as much as possible.

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Pretty awesome.

You should also try using it for video even if you are not a video guy. The 50MP is what got me started on even being interested in doing any serious amount of it at all.

Also, I think it was in the article that lloyd wrote about the otus where he said that at f2 in the center, the two are comparable which is amazing.

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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2013, 02:51:00 PM »
>I am a little bummed that the lens only magnifies to 1:2 though.
>Would have been nice if it was a true 1:1 macro lens.

That's the only downpoint for me. Zeiss lenses claim to be "macrolenses" with 1:2. I know, there is no real definition chiseled into stone, but especially the 100mm 2.8 (which competes with almost every other 100mm macrolense) is at 1:2, too.

Maybe the optics are less complex to build, I don't know. But I wouldn't call it a macrolense and I would point to it. Otherwise, the brand speaks for itself.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 03:33:22 PM »
I have heard nothing but great things about this lens.

I have the f1.4 version and use it for everything. Love the image attributes and quality. Though not the sharpest wide open. Which isn't a deal killer for me.

Love that Zeiss is getting some due.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2013, 07:04:12 PM »
Excuse my ignorance but what is the point of a 2.0 lens for low light situations when you can't have Auto Focus?
Unless you do strictly video, I don't get it…  :-\
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2013, 12:23:07 PM »
>Excuse my ignorance but what is the point of a 2.0 lens for
>low light situations when you can't have Auto Focus?

Bright viewfinder and shallow DOF. Why do you need AF? If you have the right split-screen you can focus very exactly with those lenses. I admit that it's somewhat difficult with "normal" screens, but not with other Canon Splitscreen. Just try one. Another point would be to use the exact distancescale on the lense... just go 2 metres away and set the focus to 2metre. It fit's. Unlike AF equipped examples.

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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2013, 02:32:52 AM »
It took me awhile to warm up to 50mm when I had a Zeiss 21 and 100MP in the bag.  But its a nice middle and shots I get out of it are edge sharp and have depth.  If you have the 100MP, the 50MP is easy since they largely work the same and use the same 67mm filter ring.

As to no AF - this is not like running a Canon AF in manual mode...  in this type of MF you have excellent throw and a hard stop at infinity.  I mostly use this in Landscape work where I'll do a tripod/Live View setup.  But even when I am doing handheld event work I can quickly dial in the focus and know I am locked in without an AF chasing something else at the critical moment.

My new debate - selling the 50MP and using the proceeds to buy a 55mm Otus. 
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2013, 03:05:03 AM »
For those who worry about the 1:2 magnification limitation, add Kenko or Canon extension tubes and you´re OK to go a lot closer.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2013, 10:03:22 AM »
I had posted a question about the hard stop at infinity but haven't gotten any replies yet.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18653.msg348748#msg348748

Anyone here have a thought on this?

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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2013, 08:31:20 AM »
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For those who worry about the 1:2 magnification limitation, add Kenko or Canon extension tubes and you´re OK to go a lot closer.

Then you loose a lot of light. Why do you buy a makro anyway when you can get the same effect with extension tubes? And if it's so easy and without backdraws, then please write Zeiss to get a longer back between bayonett and lense, so the extension is already attached and they can claim real 1:1.

You could work for marketing.   :o
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2013, 12:21:50 PM »
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For those who worry about the 1:2 magnification limitation, add Kenko or Canon extension tubes and you´re OK to go a lot closer.

Then you loose a lot of light. Why do you buy a makro anyway when you can get the same effect with extension tubes? And if it's so easy and without backdraws, then please write Zeiss to get a longer back between bayonett and lense, so the extension is already attached and they can claim real 1:1.

You could work for marketing.   :o

Maybe I understand physic wrong, but I think the lost of light as nothing to do with the extension tubes, but are caused by the magnification. You can use this formula:

Effective F-Stop = F-Stop x (1 + Magnification)

For instance, if you use f/11 at 1:1, you have a effective F-stop of f/22. You lose two stops.
At f/11 at 2:1, you have f/33. Etc.

According to this, you won't lose more light using extension tube than a macro lens, as the light lost is caused by the magnification.
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2013, 12:21:50 PM »

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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2013, 12:54:56 PM »
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For those who worry about the 1:2 magnification limitation, add Kenko or Canon extension tubes and you´re OK to go a lot closer.

Then you loose a lot of light. Why do you buy a makro anyway when you can get the same effect with extension tubes? And if it's so easy and without backdraws, then please write Zeiss to get a longer back between bayonett and lense, so the extension is already attached and they can claim real 1:1.

You could work for marketing.   :o
Hehe, Yes, I can work for marketing and occasionally I do ;) But in this case I think I can play the role of the engineer.

In order for a camera lens to focus progressively closer, which is rather essential for a macro lens, the lens apparatus has to move further from the camera's sensor (called "extension"). For low magnifications, the extension is tiny, so the lens is always at the expected distance of roughly one focal length away from the sensor. However, once one approaches 0.25-0.5X or greater magnifications, the lens becomes so far from the sensor that it actually behaves as if it had a longer focal length. At 1:1 magnification, the lens moves all the way out to twice the focal length from the camera's sensor.

So in principle you can say that an extension tube increases your effective f-stop with loss of light as a consequence. But that is because of the increased magnification, not the extension tube per se.

There are lots of stuff on the internet on the subject.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2013, 01:09:06 PM »
>I am a little bummed that the lens only magnifies to 1:2 though.
>Would have been nice if it was a true 1:1 macro lens.

That's the only downpoint for me. Zeiss lenses claim to be "macrolenses" with 1:2. I know, there is no real definition chiseled into stone, but especially the 100mm 2.8 (which competes with almost every other 100mm macrolense) is at 1:2, too.

Maybe the optics are less complex to build, I don't know. But I wouldn't call it a macrolense and I would point to it. Otherwise, the brand speaks for itself.
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Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2013, 01:09:06 PM »