The 50mm focal-length lens is a true photographic icon and an essential piece of kit for any photographeru2019s kit bag, but there are quite a few to choose from. Richard Sibley and Andrew Sydenham test 12 such optics to assess their particular qualities
Specifications: Zeiss Makro-planar T* 50mm f/2
RRP: N/AStreet price: Around £1,070-£1,100
Filter diameter: 67mm
Lens elements: 8
Diaphragm blades: 9
Minimum focus: 24cm
Lens mount: Canon EF, Nikon F
Tested on a Nikon D600
Like its f/1.4 counterpart, the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 suffers from quite bad vignetting when shooting wide open, with the edges around -0.6EV darker than the centre. However, it has less curvilinear distortion.
Again, the aperture needs to be stopped down by more than 2 stops to get the best from the lens. At its sharpest, the lens is one of the best on test, although to achieve this it needs to be used in a restrictive aperture range of between f/8 and f/11.
Score: 4 out of 5