Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Review

May 14, 2015 | Mark Goldstein |

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Sharpness at 50mm

Our sharpness tests were conducted using a 12-megapixel Sony A7S body mounted to a tripod. The camera’s shutter release was also set on a timer-delay to avoid any possible camera shake. The test subject was shot using ambient lighting, hence some colour and contrast variation is to be expected between apertures.

The full frame at 16mmThe full frame at 50mm

Centre sharpness is impressively high throughout the entire aperture range, with peak performance between f/5.6-f/16. Corner sharpness is also excellent, again producing optimal sharpness at f/5.6-f/16.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
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