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Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar examples

See the discussion of the 50mm f/2 and 100mm f/2 Makro-Planars further below.

I’ve been working with the ZE 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar on Canon EOS for some weeks now, and I can say it’s a thoroughly enjoyable lens, a top pick for an all-around “normal” lens. It exudes the same jewel-like build quality of its siblings, and delivers the same satisfaction in using great ergonomics, if you can stand being without autofocus. At about $1280 (available soon), it’s no casual purchase, but then again the Canon 50mm f/2.5 sits in my drawer unused.

Below are some handheld shots using the 50/2 Makro-Planar. These images and many more will be incorporated into my Guide to Zeiss ZF/ZE Lenses soon, but in much higher resolution and with actual-pixels crops, as is my practice.

Backyard Persimmon
Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar @ f/8, handheld
Backyard Persimmon
Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar @ f/8, handheld

A rare early December snowstorm covers the Santa Cruz mountains in the San Francisco bay area— this snow will not last more than a day. Unlike some macro lenses, the 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar offers outstanding sharpness at infinity focus.

December Snowstorm
Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar @ f/5.6, handheld

The beauty of the 50/2 Makro-Planar is that you can shoot it up close or far away, with outstanding results either way, and its bokeh is exceptionally pleasing also.

Soon To Melt
Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar @ f/5.6, handheld

Exception color rendition is a hallmark of the ZE and ZF/ZF.2 lines.

Soil Wanted
Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar @ f/5.6, handheld

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