Zeiss 50mm F2 Loxia Planar T* E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 5   
reviewer#44255 date: Apr-6-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Contax C/Y 50mm F/1.4
Sony FE 50mm F/1.8
price paid:$649 USD (used)
positive:When you turn the focus ring, the camera automatically zooms to set precise focus. Combined with focus peaking, and with OSS enabled on the camera, I consistently get sharp and beautiful photos.
negative:Really minor: The hood covers the focus ring when reversed, and the lens cap is crap. The cap comes off easily, like when bumped a little from the side.
comment:I used to have Contax C/Y lenses I used with an adapter. The rendering of this Loxia is really close to the C/Y lenses, but with better coatings and in a native mount. This has become my favorite 50mm lens.
reviewer#44185 date: Dec-3-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50
Minolta AF 1.7/50
SEL50M28
SEL50F18F
Leica Summicron-M 2.0/50
price paid:924 USD new
positive:Color, micro-contrast, resolution ability, sharpness, compact, solid
negative:Lens cap, loose lens hood, tough to mount and unmount
comment:If you are a purist then this is a must have lens for you. It has superb optical performance. Made a thorough comparison with the well reknowned Leica-M Summicron-M 2.0/50 and found no difference at all.
reviewer#17343 date: Aug-27-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:1.8/55 SMC Takumar
1.5/50 Voigtlander Nokton
1.4/50 Minolta MD
price paid:800euro
positive:Very nice feel & use on A7(s)
negative:non, (but I still think it is a pricey for a f/2 50mm lens)
some vignetting wide open, but easily fixed in Lightroom.
comment:Sharpest lens I've use so far, even wide open very good.
Pleasure to use on the A7 model for weight & size.
Manual focus is a breeze with the maginification mode. Mostly used on f2 with very nice results on colour, contrast and sharpness. Bokeh I like, not smooth or dreamy, just good.
Focus ring is big. Aperture ring somewhat small, but after more use not disturbing.

Now owned this lens for 4 years and still happy with how this lens handles, smooth! The rendering of the lens is a bit neutral, so bought the Voigtlander 1.5/50 Nokton for this. The Loxia is surely the sharpest lens of the 2!
reviewer#12131 date: Feb-15-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 55/1.8 ZA
price paid:USD 730
positive:Built like a rock
Very sharp even wide open
Quite compact
negative:52mm filters (the ZM uses 43mm)
Lens hood overlaps the focus ring
Aperture blades are not rounded
Bokeh slightly nervous
comment:This lens is not AF so people won't like it but it's OK for me.
The focus ring is really smooth
It's smaller than the 55/1.8, especially with the lens hood, which is better if you don't want to scare off people or if you're travelling.
reviewer#12086 date: Jan-10-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8
price paid:N/A
positive:Excellent sharpness from wide open. Very precise manual focus ring. Sealed with o-ring against dust and water. Nice Zeiss colors. Manual aperture ring. Activates the manual focus assists on the A7S automatically.
negative:No auto-focus. Very, very slightly less sharp in corners wide open than the FE 55mm 1.8. o-ring seal makes it tricky to mount and remove from A7S.
comment:This is a fantastic lens. If you like manual focus (which I do) this lens is amazing and a joy to use. If you want AF then you'll never buy this because the FE 55 is also excellent.
reviews found: 5   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 5.00

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