Facial expressions and features convey an individual’s character. A sparkle in the eye, fine wrinkles and shades of color can tell a whole life story. With its versatile standard focal length, the ZEISS Planar T* 1,4/50 knows exactly how to express character: natural, illuminated and rich in contrast.
The focal length of the ZEISS Planar T* 1,4/50 is equal to the perspective of the human eye. Its fast aperture and exceptional compactness are its outstanding features. This lens produces pleasing portrait style quality at the widest aperture and sharpens considerably beyond f/4 for any general purpose application.
The ZEISS Classic lenses have enjoyed an outstanding reputation with photographers all over the world for many years now – and rightly so. The solid all-metal mount ensures constant functionality and image performance, regardless of the number of photographs taken. Manual focusing promotes creativity in the design of the image.
Impressive photographs captured in low light always begin with a fast lens for a system or SLR camera. Because, a fast, high-performance lens captures as much light as possible. And a lens with a large maximum aperture leads to the best results when shooting in unfavourable light.
Photographers want to guide the observer through the image. Minimal depth of focus is often used as a design element. This keeps the background intentionally blurred to keep the attention of the observer on the main subject. These different representations of the blurred areas, as well as the quality of the transition, are referred to as the Bokeh of a lens. The finely tuned features of the optical design on ZEISS SLR lenses ensure a particularly harmonious effect of the blurred areas of the image. The nine diaphragm blades and the resulting, virtually circular aperture on ZEISS SLR lenses are crucial to favorable rendition of highlights in the fore and background.
The range of ZEISS T*® lenses offers the highest possible standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. Quite simply, they are superior in every way. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images, for example. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes – especially useful when photographing products and architecture.
Rich, vibrant colors are vital to creating a lasting impression. Stray light in the lens, however, would lead to a brightening of the image, which is particularly visible in shadow areas. Image contrast is lowered; the image appears dull and bleached. We combine various, elaborate techniques to reduce unwanted stray light. For example, all lens elements are coated with the famous ZEISS T*® anti-reflective coating. Additionally, a jet black special paint is applied by hand to all lens element edges to ensure that reflections are prevented from the start.
Noticeable quality and high value stability qualify ZEISS lenses for decades of intense use. The high-quality craftsmanship of the all-metal mounts, the easy-to-grip metal focus and aperture ring and the robust front bayonet and filter threads ensure an amazing photographic experience.
The Planar lens design is the most successful – and most frequently copied – camera lens design of all time. Modifications to the tried-and-tested six-lens basic type ensure that it achieves the high imaging quality required by modern sensors. Lenses with a Planar optical design enable consistent performance across a large range of image scales – the key requirement for universal macro-lenses.
||f/1.4 – f/16
||Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
||0,45 m (17.72") – ∞
|Free working distance
||0,35 m (13.78") – ∞
|Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)
||45° / 38° / 26°
|Diameter of image field
||43 mm (1.69")
|Coverage at close range (MOD)**
||160 x 240 mm (6.30 x 9.45")
|Image ratio at minimum object distance
||1 : 6.7
|Lens elements | groups
||7 / 6
|Flange focal distance
||ZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 46 mm (1.83")
|Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)
||54 mm (2.13")
||M58 x 0.75
|Rotation angle of focusing ring
||ZE: 71 mm (2.81") | ZF.2: 66 mm (2.60")
|Diameter of focusing ring
||ZE: 71 mm (2.81") | ZF.2: 66 mm (2.60")
|Length (with lens caps)
||ZE: 71 mm (2.80") | ZF.2: 69 mm (2.72")
|Length (without lens caps)
||ZE: 48 mm (1.89") | ZF.2: 45 mm (1.77")
||ZE: 380 g (0.84 lbs) | ZF.2: 330 g (0.73 lbs)
*) Canon is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. Nikon is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation. Sony is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Fujifilm is a registered trademark of Fujifilm Corporation. Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
**) Referring to 24x36 mm format
***) Referring to APS-C format