ZEISS C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM for Leica Rangefinder Cameras (M-mount), Black
- - Fast and compact standard lens
- - Outstanding image quality
- - Exceptional workmanship
- - For digital and analog rangefinder
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ZEISS C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM
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The spectrum of ZEISS ZM lenses for digital and analogue rangefinder cameras combines advanced lens design and superior-quality materials and workmanship to deliver impressive results. The 12 different lenses cover focal lengths from 15mm to 85mm and a range of specialist and more general uses. All at prices that compare favourably with other rangefinder lenses of this superb quality.
The ‘C’ designation in the C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM name means both ‘compact’ and ‘classic’. The lens design and aperture geometry reflect its predecessor from the 1930s, the Sonnar 1,5/50, which was the fastest standard lens of its time. The excellent flare control inherent of the Sonnar lens design is further optimized with the ZEISS T* anti-reflection coating. This lens stays true to its heritage, physically resembling the lenses of the past. With its fast aperture, taking photographs with a beautiful ‘bokeh’ that reflects the ambiance of the golden age of rangefinder photography is as simple as pressing a button.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating
The optical elements of ZEISS lenses feature T*® anti-reflective coating on all surfaces and an optical design that guarantees images of superior brilliance at all times, even in unfavourable lighting conditions. We apply the anti-reflective coating to the lens surfaces by the vapour deposition of extremely thin, transparent layers on the glass. In this process, special substances are vaporized with extremely high energy in a high-vacuum environment and are subsequently deposited on the glass surfaces, one after another, as layers with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflective properties. The first coating techniques were employed by ZEISS as long ago as in the 1930s.
Impressive photographs captured in low light always begin with a fast lens for a system or SLR camera. Because, a fast, high-performance lens captures as much light as possible. And a lens with a large maximum aperture leads to the best results when shooting in unfavourable light.
Smooth, precise focusing
Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your fingertips. A good ergonomic design makes all the difference. The user-friendly focusing ring on ZEISS lenses with an ergonomic finger rest is perfect for fast, precise focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane.
The mount and control elements of all ZM lenses are made of metal and are designed for decades of intensive use. The high-quality craftsmanship of the all-metal mounts, the easy-to-grip metal focus and aperture ring and the robust front bayonet and filter threads ensure an amazing photographic experience.
Ideal aperture properties
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. The ZM lenses feature ten aperture blades. The almost circular aperture helps to create a particularly harmonious effect in the out-of-focus areas of the picture (bokeh).
- Coverage at close range (MOD):
- 370 x 550 mm
- Focusing range:
- 0.9 m – ∞
- Lens type:
- Entrance pupil position (in front of image plane):
- Camera mount:
- Leica M
- Focal length:
- 50 mm
- Format Compatibility:
- 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
- Free working distance:
- Diameter of image field:
- Aperture range:
- f/1.5 – f/16
- Flange focal distance:
- Image ratio at MOD:
- Image Stabilization:
- Filter thread:
- M46 x 0.75
- Diameter of focusing ring:
- 250 g
- Diameter max.:
- 56 mm
- Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf – MOD):
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- - Air blower
- - Dust brush
- - Lens cleaning solution (30 ml)
- - Microfibre cloth (18 × 18 cm)
- - 10 moist cleaning wipes
- - High degree of wearing comfort with Air Cell padding
- - Strap length adjustable at both ends
- - High-quality glass
- - ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating
- - Ideal for ZEISS lenses (compatible with non-ZEISS lenses)
- - Can be used with a lens shade
- - Optimal protection and more clarity