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  • Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM (M) Lens Review
    has a solid feel to it like all current generation lenses Planar is manufactured in Japan by Cosina and bears similar component elements anodized metal barrel knurled metal focusing and aperture rings chrome finished lens mount and hood attachment ring The aperture ring clicks in 1 3 f stop increments with the min aperture set to f 22 Focusing ring has very smooth feel to it with no play whatsoever The minimum focusing distance is 0 7m The lens is reasonably for the rangefinder world of course compact and light it measures 52x68mm and weighs 230g Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f 2 ZM can be used on a wide variety of M bayonet mount cameras including all film and digital Leica Zeiss Ikon and Voigtlander Bessa cameras When used on APS H sized Leica M8 which was used in the scope of this review the lens gives an EFOV of 66mm The lens can also be adapted to a number of mirror less cameras including Micro Four Thirds Sony NEX Samsung NX Ricoh GXR and Pentax Q using readily available adapters Summary Lens Composition 6 elements in 4 groups Angular Field 47 degrees Minimum Focus 70cm 2 29ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 f 22 manual Filter Size 43mm Lens Hood Metal optional Weight 230g 8 2oz Dimensions 52x68mm 2 04x2 67 Lens Case N A Handling Even without the latest announced Leica lens price hike Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f 2 ZM was one of the better bargains available out there in the rangefinder world The word bargin sometimes carries some negative association to some readers as if you are trading off something to get this deal In a sense you are you are trading a Leica name for Zeiss name is it a trade down though In case of Planar 50 2 I don t think so Its direct competitor in the Leica world is Summicron 50mm f 2 priced a whopping 1 200 more than Planar and that is after Zeiss bumped the price of Planar from 650 While Leica purists might argue about the Leica value appreciation factor or the benefit of the native digital coding or about any other benefit of owning the much more expensive lens a practical user in my opinion will ignore all this noise and would choose the cheapest lens that delivers performance that s he is happy about and save the dough for other uses Of course in real life a practical photographer is as rare as a rational consumer in economics theory we all get our biases and preferences Those associated with spending larger amounts of money on otherwise similar products are particularly strong if not for that all the so called luxury brands would crumble to dust ghmm I will leave it to the reader s imagination to decide whether Leica is a luxury brand or not Anyhow where was I Oh yes the Planar So essentially many readers would be interested to

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  • Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f/2.0 ZF Lens Review
    adapter or one with AF confirmation chip on your favorite Canon body you will have to compose your images with the lens aperture set at its widest in order to allow for maximum viewfinder brightness as you stop down the lens the viewfinder gets darker and by f 5 6 it is dark enough to make focusing practically impossible Even an AF confirmation adapter would not help here your cameras AF system will simply give up around f 5 6 and will no longer provide any focusing confirmation Another issue which is quite common with many alternative lenses including Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f 2 ZF is incorrect TTL metering when used on a Canon body Metering problems can arise due to many different factors and the most commonly reported after effect is an overexposure the amount of which can differ not only from one lens to another but also from one aperture to another for the same lens Still even when used on a native body manual focusing is not for the faint in heart quite a few people will find the process pretty inconvenient compared to using a lens with a fully automatic AF The hooplas with manual focusing might of course be mitigated by using focusing screens specifically designed for manual focusing for example one having a split circle as a focusing aid Alternatively users of Nikon D3 and Nikon D300 can use Live View for improved accuracy of focusing so can Canon 1Ds MkIII users Forgetting all these issues the lens performed really well in the field It produced images with excellent overall resolution center as well as border quality were top notch on both full frame as well as APS C cameras Like many fast lenses Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f 2 ZF showed a little bit of softness around borders at f 2 however the difference between the center and border quality even at f 2 was quite small and often insignificant enough to even notice From f 2 8 through the rest of the aperture image quality across the frame was quite uniform if there was any difference in quality it was not visible to the naked eye ISO 400 1 60 f 2 100mm Nikon D3 1 2 macro Naturally one of the major interesting aspects of Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f 2 ZF is its macro capabilities Compared to its previous Contax version the Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f 2 8 the new lens does not offer life size macro Zeiss designers decided that 1 2 macro should suffice in this case Is this really a problem Depends whom you ask but it does seem like a step back especially when we take into consideration that Zeiss does not currently offer a 1 1 converter unlike its main rival Leica On the other hand the lens offers larger maximum aperture at f 2 both Makro Planar lenses the 100mm f 2 and 50mm f 2 are among the fastest macro lenses available on the market Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews carl zeiss lenses swhorizontalmenu 172 zeiss macro 287 carl zeiss makro planar t 100mm f20 zf lens review sigProGalleria62abfdce64 So how does the lens perform at macro magnification Visually there does not seem to be any degradation in image quality across the frame and the aperture range which is very pleasing to see However considering that at the minimum focusing distances the lens has a razor thin DOF eyeballing images for imperfections might not be the most accurate evaluation methodology ISO 400 1 125 f 2 100mm Nikon D3 When shot with wide open aperture the lens produced predominantly round and uniformly lit out of focus highlights although the highlights occasionally carried harsh outlining around edges Fortunately the effect is not too distracting considering that the harsh OOF edge outlining is relatively infrequent Contrast transitions in the foreground and background OOF areas were not particularly smooth but not too harsh either There was no noticeable double edging around background objects Vignetting f 2 full frame vs 1 6x crop 135mm The lens produced unusually high amount of vignetting on a full frame body at the widest aperture setting This is rather surprising and disappointing for a medium telephoto lens Vignetting continues to persist all the way through f 4 and disappears completely only around f 5 6 On an APS C body the lens takes advantage of a smaller sized sensor and does not show much vignetting even at f 2 Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f 2 ZF showed excellent color handling images carried good amount of contrast across the frame and aperture range Colors were well saturated saturated creating rich popping out textures The lens showed really good resistance to color fringing yes you could see minor traces here and there check the door handle in the crop below but the amount and frequency of appearance was quite minimal Axial CA halation was non existent for all practical reasons at f 2 you could spot occasional halos in high contrast areas but the artifact was quite well contained Flare was also under control even at widest apertures and the lens did not show any visible distortion which should not be surprising for a medium telephoto ISO 100 1 4000 f 2 100mm 100 crop Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews carl zeiss lenses swhorizontalmenu 172 zeiss macro 287 carl zeiss makro planar t 100mm f20 zf lens review sigProGalleriaad390e2520 Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras as well as cameras from different manufacturers are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for all types of cameras Nikon FF Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f 2 ZF showed quite an impressive

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  • Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T* 50mm f/2.0 ZF Lens Review
    of Nikon cameras like FA and F4 F5 Furthermore aperture priority also becomes unavailable on any body that does not have mechanical Ai coupling Effectively for all entry level cameras like D40 D90 D5000 you will have to operate the lens in a fully manual mode and set the aperture on the lens itself and set shutter speed in the camera Pentax users are in a better shape here and both shutter as well as program modes along with the aperture priority mode will be available on most film and digital cameras as long as they support automatic green A mode The manufacturer s box includes Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 50mm f 2 ZF front and rear lens caps metal lens hood warranty and quality cards The lens is designed for traditional 35mm cameras so when used on APS C type cameras with a 1 6x crop factor the field of view of the lens will be similar to that of a 80mm prime on a full frame body Within the scope of this review the lens was tested on a FF Nikon D3 APS C sized Canon Digital Rebel XTi and a FF Canon 5D and Canon 5DMk2 Summary Lens Composition 8 elements in 6 groups Angular Field 45 degrees Minimum Focus 24cm 0 78ft Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 f 22 manual Filter Size 67mm Lens Hood Metal include Weight 530g 1 16lb Dimensions 72x88mm 2 83x3 46 Lens Case N A Handling The first generation ZF version of Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 50mm f 2 is a fairly stocky lens and when fully collapsed at the infinity focusing leaves with an impression of being quite dense Surprisingly the front element of the lens is quite small and sits very deep inside the barrel The new ZF 2 as well as the ZE versions of this lens retain the same form factor but add a few grams in weight presumably because of the additional electronics that had to be added into the lens The new Makro Planar is slightly larger then the old Contax Makro Planar 60mm f 2 8 C and about the same size as the S Contax variant you might recall that the C version is a 1 2 macro while S version is a 1 1 macro On larger cameras like D3 D3x the lens balances fairly well even when fully extended into macro position but on smaller bodies like Canon s 400D or similarly sized Nikon D40 D40x the lens is a little bit nose heavy tipping the camera forward The new Makro Planar lens has a very good build quality by modern standards Particularly when compared to plasticy feeling Canon and Nikon lenses Many claim that the build quality of new Zeiss lenses is as good as build of Leica lenses which are generally considered to be the best out there I generally agree with such claims but with one caveat I don t like the aperture

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  • Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2.8 (C/Y)
    Telephoto Zoom Macro Wide Angle Zoom Pentax Wide Angle 645 Macro Standard Zoom Wide Angle Zoom Telephoto Standard Wide Angle Telephoto 645 Standard 645 Telephoto Zoom Sigma Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Telephoto Zoom Sony Minolta Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Tamron Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Telephoto Tokina Wide Angle Standard Macro Wide

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  • Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 60mm C f/2.8 (C/Y) Lens Review
    27cm but obviously can be used for general purposes as well Like most of Zeiss Contax lenses Makro Planar 60mm accepts 55mm screw in type filters To test the lens I used generic Fotodiox C Y to EOS adapter without AF confirmation chip This means that I had to use the camera in either fully manual or aperture priority mode The lack of connection to the camera mount also robbed me of all but center weighted metering Summary Lens Composition 6 elements in 4 groups Angular Field 39 degrees Minimum Focus 27cm 10 7in Focusing Action MF f stop Scale f 2 8 f 22 manual Filter Size 55mm Lens Hood G 11 soft or No 4 metal hoods optional Weight 260g 9 oz Dimensions 65 5x51mm 2 5x2 1 Lens Case No 1 included Field Tests The lens showed quite good overall performance with accurate color rendition and pleasing image contrast Overall sharpness was about on the same level in the center as with most other standard focal length Zeiss lenses Borders seemed somewhat softer at wide apertures Bokeh was uninspiring at all simply due to the lens s small maximum aperture ISO 400 1 80 f 2 8 60mm Canon 5D Bokeh handling was kind of unimpressive OOF highlights were round and uniformly lit bit carried distinct bright highlights around edges Contrast transitions around OOF objects were rather harsh There were no visible double edging around foreground and background OOF objects Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop The lens did not show any vignetting on an APS C camera ditto for a full frame 5D CA barrel distortion and flare were also well under control for both APS C and FF cameras not surprising for a standard prime lens Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews carl zeiss lenses swhorizontalmenu 172 zeiss macro 379 carl zeiss makro planar t 60mm c f28 cy lens review sigProGalleria9d281fd89d Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 60mm C f 2 8 showed very solid results in the center where it performed consistently across the tested aperture settings Performance around borders is a different story though Here the lens was somewhat soft at f 2 8 gradually improving with stopped down aperture and reaching its peak around f 5 6 f 8 Overall you would get very good 16in and decent 19in prints at these aperture settings Conclusion With the exception of border performance at f 2 8 this is a pretty solid standard lens that also happens to have 1 2 macro capabilities And while this rather weak border performance wide open slightly bothers me this is not the worst case I have seen and certainly not the best either MTF50 Line Width Inch

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  • Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 60mm S f/2.8 (C/Y)
    Zoom Macro Wide Angle Zoom Pentax Wide Angle 645 Macro Standard Zoom Wide Angle Zoom Telephoto Standard Wide Angle Telephoto 645 Standard 645 Telephoto Zoom Sigma Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Telephoto Zoom Sony Minolta Wide Angle Standard Telephoto Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Tamron Wide Angle Macro Wide Angle Zoom Standard Zoom Telephoto Zoom Telephoto Tokina Wide Angle Standard Macro Wide Angle

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  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 (ZA) Lens Review
    optical contraction of the lens consists of 17 elements in 13 groups including 3 aspherical surfaces The build quality of the lens is superb with all metal barrel and rubberized focusing and zoom rings The lens measures 82x114mm 3 35x4 5in and weighs 860g 1 14lb The lens has a fully electronic aperture control set from the camera Minimum aperture is f 22 Sony used its high end SSM AF motor in this premium lens which promises silent and fast auto focus Manual focus is also possible assuming you switch the lens into MF mode The front element of the lens does not rotate during focusing zooming and so you can use a circular and linear polarizers without any problems The filter thread is 77mm The minimum focusing distance is 30cm 12in The lens was designed for full frame cameras but can be used on any Sony APS C as well as NEX camera using an Alpha NEX adapter offered by Sony On APS C bodies the lens would produce EFOV of 24 48mm The manufacturer s box includes the lens front and rear caps petal shaped metal lens hood soft lens pouch manual and registration cards Within the scope of this review the lens was tested on a 24Mp full frame Sony a850 Summary Lens Composition 17 elements in 13 groups Angular Field 107 63 degrees Minimum Focus 30cm 12in Focusing Action AF MF f stop Scale f 2 8 f 22 electronic Filter Size 77mm Lens Hood Metal included Weight 860g 1 14lb Dimensions 83x114mm 3 35x4 5 Lens Case Soft lens pouch included Retail Price 1 899 2012 1 899 2009 Depreciation 500 2012 Handling Very early in the development cycle Sony made a strategic decision to partner with Carl Zeiss and release several premium quality lenses for the Sony Alpha mount This decision can be partially attributed to the fact that Sony was a newcomer in the DSLR world and needed to differentiate itself from the other two behemoths in the market Canon and Nikon While this partnership has generated a lot of excitement among users and caused quite a few to switch platforms the roll out of Zeiss designed lenses has been slow and limited so far Lately it seems that Sony is using Carl Zeiss like a precision instrument boosting Sony s reputation and excitement about the platform rather than as a mainstream strategy This is becoming all too clear with the roll out of Sony s own DT 16 50 2 8 SSM lens which now directly competes with the Carl Zeiss designed DT Vario Sonnar 18 80 3 5 4 5 and even to some degree with the Vario Sonnar 16 35 2 8 There is certainly more money left for Sony when it sells its own lens since I bet that Carl Zeiss licensing fees are probably quite hefty As far as I can tell the the direct predecessor of the Vario Sonnar 16 35 2 8 ZA is the Contax

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  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 (ZA) Lens Review
    MF f stop Scale f 2 8 f 22 electronic Filter Size 77mm Lens Hood Metal included Weight 985g 34 74oz Dimensions 80x111mm 3 25x4 4 Lens Case Soft lens pouch included Retail Price 1 799 2012 1 799 2009 Depreciation 500 2012 Handling The so called universal zoom lenses have always been fairly popular among users who want to have a one lens combo for example for travel Lens makes understand that quite well and have answered demand with a reasonable selection However for whatever reason the 24 70mm zoom range has always been considered to be premium if you look at the lens lineup from Canon or Nikon in this range you would only see the so called professional grade lenses It is as if only professionals want a 24 70 25 105 zoom and everybody else will settle for a super zoom i e something like 18 200mm Market segmentation at work But when Sony entered the SLR market it had to offer something respectable read professional grade in order to be able to compete with the likes of Nikon 24 70 2 8G and Canon 24 70 2 8L Carl Zeiss to the rescue Who else but Zeiss can instill the image of professionalism To the best of my knowledge the Vario Sonnar 24 70 2 8 is a new design never in its history Zeiss has had a 24 70 zoom The closest predecessor from the past seems to be the 35 70 3 5 Vario Sonnar I never owned that lens myself but from various online reviews it seems like a fairly solid performer But a new design does not surprise me it has always been rumored that Sony struck some kind of an exclusivity clause in its licensign deal with Zeiss And so we may never see 24 70 2 8 outside of the Alpha mount It s a pity Carl Zeiss so far has introduced only manual focus lenses in all other SLR mounts I am not complaining as the lineup has been quite strong so far but I will squeal like a little girl when the company decides to bring back the venerable Apo Teletessar N 400 4 with fully electronic focusing in Canon or Nikon mount Ok I will squeal even if Zeiss decides to license it to Sony But I am digressing The Vario Sonnar 24 70 is a fairly bulky and heavy lens slightly heavier than its direct competitors in Canon and Nikon mounts When mounted on a larger a850 the combo becomes heavy enough to warrant using both hands for stabilization when shooting The center of the weight is shifted slightly towards the tip of the lens particularly with the inner lens tube extended when zoomed at 70mm The lens does not have a lens collar so when mounting on a tripod use a quality ball head to prevent the camea lens combo from drifting downwards But with the bulk and weight also comes ruggedness the build

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