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★★★★★

“I use this Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 lens...”

Written on: 07/06/2009

Good Points
Top quality build and optics.

Bad Points
The 1.7 is rated a tad sharper and is about 1/3rd the price, but it doesn't have the Rolls Royce feel of the 1.4.

General Comments
I use this Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 lens almost exclusively with B&W. It is fantastically sharp and contrasty in all situations. I began B&W with Minolta manual lenses. The difference was astounding. The Minolta prints were so lacking in contrast that they looked rather like a printer reproducing black with a colour ink cartridge.

All the cheaper (sic) Zeiss lenses are fabulous, but I think the 50mm (both 1.7and 1.4) have the edge. They print without loss of quality up to 40cms - the largest I can go. The Minoltas were deteriorating above 25mm.

Also, the lens has a beautifully solid feel. Like a gold bar.

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