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Zeiss ZF 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

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The Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar might well be one of the most useful 50mm lenses ever made. Its high build quality, fast maximum aperture, close-up capability and outstanding optical performance at both infinity and closeup make it a versatile workhorse. Users of full-frame cameras will like it as a “normal” lens, and users of smaller sensor cameras will find it to be an outstanding portrait lens and short telephoto.

The 50mm f/2 Makro Planar is a very comfortable size—not too small and not too large—a lens that feels great on a larger camera like the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, though it might feel a bit large on smaller cameras like a Nikon D40 or Canon Digital Rebel. Its solid build quality of all metal and glass does no favors for its weight, but one can’t have everything.

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Zeiss ZF 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar @ ~f/2.8, handheld

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