Showcase Zeiss 50/2.0 Planar ZM

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Mount Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by NJH, May 12, 2013.

  1. NJH

    NJH Leica Place Regular

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    Apr 29, 2013
    This is the first lens I got with the M8, here is a brief selection from one of my first outings with the lens about a month ago. They are shot either wide open or stopped down to F16. Stopping down that far was a mistake as the images show an odd haloing at the pixel level which you can't see in these web sized images. In the future I won't stop down lower than either F8 or F11.

    Using this lens is a walk in the park.....

    GiveMeAsign.

    WaitLove.

    WaitLoveAgain.

    StephySmiling.

    Thanks for looking.
    Neil
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    At F16- Diffraction is creeping in, much more visible when pixel peeping than it was on film. F4 and F5.6 are probably the sharpest settings, and with 1/8000th on the M8- no problem.
     
  3. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom Leica Place Regular

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    Apr 11, 2013
    Nice photos. I really like the way this lens renders. It's probably my favorite 50mm on my M9. Incidentally, diffraction starts creeping in after f/5.6 on the M9. However if the choice is no image versus one with diffraction, I choose the latter every single time.
     

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  4. NJH

    NJH Leica Place Regular

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    Apr 29, 2013
    There are other things I like about it as well such as the hood arrangement. Some may find the bayonet ugly but its a great example of functional design, takes no more than 2 seconds to twist on or off the hood. I also find the focus action very smooth but for me the nub on the lens is not really useable, I tend to use two fingers and aim more for accuracy than speed. One last note which is on a point that Ken Rockwell criticises, the 43mm filter thread may well be unusual but he is wrong about it not fitting in a lens system, its fine if you buy all the Zeiss lenses with the 43mm thread.
     
  5. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Many Nikon RF lenses use 43mm, as did the original Leica Summilux. This is a common filter size in the RF world.

    Easiest thing to do- find a Series VI filter adapter. My filter VI adapter includes the vented hood.
     
  6. NJH

    NJH Leica Place Regular

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    Apr 29, 2013
    I bought mine from Robert White's about 1/2 hour away, they had the B&W 486 in this size in stock so for me it wasn't really an issue. I may at a later date add the 35mm biogon and just swap over filters.