ZE, ZF, ZF.2 — it is a modern line of lenses for digital cameras 35mm.
ZE-for the Canon.
ZF and ZF.2 — for the Nikon. ZF — older lenses, without chip and an electrodiaphragm, and ZF.2 — newer, with an electrodiaphragm.
Optical schemes are identical, so that on this page is told about ZE lenses absolutely truly and for ZF, ZF.2 under Nikon.
The list of lenses which I tried
Here we talk only about the new lenses Carl Zeiss on 35mm reflex cameras. About the lenses Carl Zeiss/Contax it is possible to read in appropriate section
1. Carl Zeiss Distagon 25/2 ZE
– External view of Zeiss Distagon 25/2 ZE
– Optical scheme Carl Zeiss Distagon 25/2 ZE
– Examples of pictures with Carl Zeiss Distagon 25/2 ZE
2. Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 ZE
– External view
– Examples of pictures
3. Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/2 ZE
– Examples of pictures by Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/2 ZE
4. Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 ZE
– Examples of pictures by Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 ZE
5. Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE
– Examples of pictures by Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE
6.Carl Zeiss Planar 85/1.4 ZE
– Examples of pictures by Carl Zeiss Planar 85/1.4 ZE
7. Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 100/2 ZE
– Examples of pictures by Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 100/2 ZE
8. Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135/2 ZE
– External view
– Impressions of use of Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135/2 ZE
– Examples of pictures with Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135/2 ZE
Carl Zeiss Distagon 25/2 ZE
The external view of Zeiss Distagon 25/2 ZE
Super-sharp wide-angle lens. On my opinion there is in general a wide-angle lens with the highest resolution from all at the moment (24okt2013). It is also high-contrast (the general contrast of a photo), behaves great and it has a high local contrast (contrast of fine details). Its pictures aren’t required to be processed in a photoshop in principle, they also are ready for printing.
— 11 lenses in 10 groups
— one lens with an aspherical surface
— 4 low-dispersive glasses (are marked violet)
— the design with floating elements allowing to receive high sharpness at different distances of focusing.
Sample images by Carl Zeiss Distagon 25/2 ZE
Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 ZE
Good lens, but it is difficult to imagine its potential buyer. It has a high speed which isn’t necessary for a landscape. It has high resolution, but strongly concedes to my Zeiss Distagon 25/2. It is possible to recommend for fans who like to shoot in twilight and to shoot leaflets and florets in very short distance for receiving beautiful bokeh.
In pictures below the sharping in RAW is disconnected (in case you will compare to other lenses).
Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/2 ZE
Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/2 ZE — impression of use
Sample images by Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/2 ZE
Carl Zeiss Planar 50 / 1.4 ZE
Very nice lens with the metal casing. Focus ring is metal, ribbed, convenient for manual focusing.
The autofocus isn’t present and, I consider, for such lenses it also isn’t necessary.
It is very convenient to shoot in bad illuminated locations and in the evening. I used the ancestor of Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 which is intended under film cameras and I can tell that the new version is very successful. I.e. that that lens which was very popular in the years of its production (1973 — 2005) , shows remarkable results in the plan of bokeh. It is 50mm lens with which you wish to shoot more and more.
Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 and Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 ZE have identical optical circuits.
In fact it is simple republishing of a successful lens in a new casing and with electric control of a diaphragm from the camera so you shouldn’t expect from it any fantastic results on sharpness or a minimum HA.
It has very great bokeh. It beautifully blurs a background. There is a remarkable contrasting picture, it works great under the light.
And what about the resolution of a lens. It rather high for 50mm lens. It is the most sharp lens from the lenses made to 2005 by Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 ZE.
But it has a quite high HA on an open diaphragm so I recommend to select plots attentively and not to shoot too contrast objects on an open diaphragm. It is fraught with violet halations, as at all contrasting lenses of Planar system. Such inhalations aren’t present only on low-contrast lenses, for example, the Soviet ones. One lack of low-contrast lenses (to which this lens doesn’t belong) is stopped to another — low resolution or small contrast range.
Excess of contrast can always be cleaned, and here it is extremely difficult to add the contrast for the majority of pictures. So in my opinion, the company of Zeiss went in the correct way.
In case of the price in 720usd, the lens Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 ZE was and remains a fine choice for art shootings of relatives, friends and acquaintances where there is a wish to create intimate and a little air atmosphere of a picture.
On the diaphragm closed to F5.6-F8 it can be used for landscapes.
Carl Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 ZE picture samples
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE
Until the end of 2013 I was the best 50mm a lens on 35mm reflex camera in view of the high resolution capability and to high contrast. Since November, 2013 began sales of Carl Zeiss Distagon 55/1.4 Otus which shall be better than Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE as far as to this Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE was best of all.
In spite of the fact that the company would develop even better lens, Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE remains very good lens and it will become more available for other people.
I compared Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE on macroshooting to other lenses in the article the Best lenses for macroshooting: Canon vs Carl Zeiss.
For macro it not the strong lens because of scale 1:2 and impossibility to place it on the teleconverter. Though in general for not the strong macro it shows also impressive results on permission and contrast of a picture.
From minuses I can mark that it, being a Planar and a high-contrast lens, it still has violet borders in pictures of high-contrast objects. But it is worth to draw a diaphragm and violet halations disappear as though they never weren’t. If to shoot correctly and to avoid a direct sunlight in the camera, it is a pleasure to shoot on an open diaphragm on which it is very sharp. I recommend it.
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 50/2 ZE picture samples
Carl Zeiss Planar 85/1.4 ZE
One more old lens in new, rather high-quality execution. In past it was very popular as a portrait lens. It is based on the optical circuit Planar and has very beautiful bokeh. But the lens has also quite essential HA on an open diaphragm in view of the simple optical circuit and it is necessary to treat it skillfully (to avoid high-contrast plots). The lens has great resolution, sufficient for portrait shooting, and much more advances, for example, the Soviet analogs. If to compare on frame center, he resolves less, than Canon 85/1.2L II (and approximately also as the first version), but proves to be better at the edges of a frame.
Its genre — a production portrait with beautiful blur of a background.
Carl Zeiss Planar 85/1.4 ZE picture samples
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 100/2 ZE
Remarkable macrolens on which the standard Canon teleconverter 1.4x is put, thus turning this lens in 140mm and, thus, increasing the scale from modest 1:2 to 1:1.4.
CANON Extender EF 1.4 X III practically doesn’t influence on image quality unlike Canon Extender EF 2x III and therefore I advise to use it. Very seldom, when it is necessary larger macro. At least in my practice.
The resolution of this lens considerably exceeds the standard Canon 100/2.8L IS USM macrolens. And if still to consider that on Canon 100/2.8 the you can not plug a teleconverter, the choice of the macrophotographer would be obvious. If not the price which is twice higher in Zeiss.
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 100/2 ZE is very convenient for shooting. Especially, if it not the reporting. In the reporting it is better not to use manual lenses.
If the shooting is quiet, you pleases a lens with contrast range, high optical permission, the big course of a focus ring (360 degrees allows to be focused very precisely and it is important for macroshooting) and good operation in light (catches “hares” a little).
From pluses it is possible to mark outside focusing. The lens advances “trunk” during the macroshooting, saving the focal distance and by that facilitating operation on a steking.
From minuses it is worth marking existence of violet halations on contrasting objects. This consequence of the optical circuit Planar and high contrast of a lens. The same Canon 100/2.8L IS USM has less violet halations (but also low contrast and lower resolution). It is up to you to decide.
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 100/2 ZE picture samples
Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135/2 ZE
Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar 135/2 ZE picture samples