Zeiss 50mm 1.5 C Sonnar with Sony A7 II Question

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Isoterica, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Has anyone tried the combo? Results?
  2. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    I don't have a A7 II but it should behave similar to other A7 cameras. I used a few times on A7R, nice small old design Sonnar lens with nice bokeh, but sharpness esp at the edges lacks compared to modern designs. This might work for the portraits. Min focus dist is long also. So it depends on what you are going to use it for. On A7R, wide open:




    Here is Sony 55mm 1.8 in comparison

    Bjorn's comparison of ZM 50 1.5 to Sony 55mm 1.8

    and compared to other 50mm lenses:

    If you are looking for a character lens and don't mind the big size, Mitakon 50mm 0.95 is a good option too. You can check Amin's comparison and other user sample shots:

    If you are looking for other options, Loxia 50mm 2 (same design as Zeiss 50mm f2 planar) or Voigtlander 50mm 1.5 are also good:

    I use also Contax g 45mm f2 lens with af adapter, again planar design, similar to Zeiss 50mm f2:
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  3. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    There is a Voigtlander close focus adapter for M to E mount.. that seems like it cuts minimum focusing distance in half if I'm reading it correctly. http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/...e-focus-m-adapter-50-nokton-1-5-and-sony-a7r/ takes .9m to .47m..

    And yes! I was thinking about the Mitakon too.

    Thank you for all the links!

    *Also, already have Canon 50mm compact macro.
  4. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    I bought the Hawk's v3 helicoid adapter after reading the comparison at dcwatch:
    Voigtlander VM-E Close Focus Adapter vs Hawks factory

    Adapters are good, but there might be some misalignment esp after some use with close up helicoid adapters compared to the native mount lenses. Hawk's is the one started the helicoid adapters and they had ver 4 last time I saw. I don't know how Hawk compares to Voigtlander in quality/long term use.

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  5. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac SC Veteran

    Jan 20, 2014
    Launceston & Sydney
    Nick Clark
    There's a thread over on Rangefinder Forum with the 50mm Sonnar on an A7 (can't remember which one) - google should find it.
  6. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Thanks, read it, looks like Hawks gets 1mm closer which isn't a lot but is noticeable enough when looking at comparison images. I will look into the Hawks Adapter as well.