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See the world from many perspectives

Makro-Planar T* 2/50

Always ready for the chance encounter, the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 has the power to reflect the cosmos in a droplet of water. As a macro lens, it engages our attention at close-up range. As a standard lens, it sees the world in its natural and familiar perspective.

Makro-Planar T* 2/50

See the world from many perspectives

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Makro-Planar T* 2/50

See the world from many perspectives

Classic portraits are as much the strength of the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 as the most striking details from close up. Thanks to its high performance at any distance, this macro lens can be used for a variety of tasks. As one of the fastest macro lenses available, small details can be isolated from the foreground and the background for great creative control.

Technical specifications:

Focal length 50 mm
Aperture range f/2.0 – f/22
Focusing range 0.24 m – ∞
Number of elements/groups 8/6
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 45°/38°/26°
Coverage at close range 72 x 48 mm

Image ratio at close

1 : 2
Filter thread M 67 x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps) ø 72-75 mm, length 88-91 mm
Weight 500 g - 570 g
Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
EF Mount (ZE)

Makro-Planar T* 2/50


The famous symmetric lens design invented by Dr. Paul Rudolph at ZEISS in 1896. The Planar lens is the most successful camera lens design – and, by the way, the most plagiarized – ever created. It provides the lens designer with numerous means to correct aberrations extraordinarily well. And its performance is very constant over a wide range of imaging ratios, enabling such a versatile lens variety as the Makro-Planar lens.

Planar with 8 lens elements in 6 groups
"Floating Elements" design

Makro-Planar T* 2/50


Homogeneous image quality throughout the image field

ZEISS lenses are famous for their extraordinary image quality. Even with challenging subjects, perspective, color and light are optimally rendered – throughout the entire 35 mm image field. For this reason, we place great emphasis on particularly high image quality, e.g. low distortion and outstanding stray light reduction for rich colors.

Excellent image quality

The ZEISS range of 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. 

Floating Elements Design

Today’s camera technologies and high-resolution sensors demand continuous improvement of lens performance. Thanks to the use of the latest floating element design principles, optical aberration effects in ZEISS lenses are reduced to a minimum throughout their entire focusing range. This is achieved by variation of the axial distance between individual lens elements or groups. This adjustment of the lens-to-lens distance is coupled to the distance setting to ensure correct compensation at all times. The mechanical construction of these lenses is extremely complex and they must be assembled with utmost precision – both of which are key competencies of ZEISS.

Ideal aperture with nine blades

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.

Elaborate stray light reduction

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.

Makro-Planar T* 2/50

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Reviews & Awards


"In this era of plastic-barreled mass-produced lenses, the Zeiss ZF lenses stand out in sleekly-elegant fashion..."

"The Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro Planar is an outstanding lens of a symmetric design, which minimizes aberrations of many kinds..."

"Since the company firmly entered the SLR market in January 2006 with its ''Z'' series of lenses, Carl Zeiss has steadily released new..."

"The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 is one of two macro lenses in the Zeiss Z-lineup. Just like its sister lens, the Zeiss..."


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