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Crazy about the Planar 50mm - pics thread
Old 11-28-2010   #1
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Crazy about the Planar 50mm - pics thread

I've owned the Summicron 50mm on and off for 17 years and recently decided that I preferred the rendering of the Zeiss ZM Planar. The Leica (curent) Summicron is quiet the lens and an achievement to be so incredible for over 3 decades.

Today, I have the Planar in my bag and couldn't be happier, especially considering it's amazing price/quality ratio. It's drawing is quite similar to the Summicron except with a little extra bite wide open, slightly higher contrast and better flare suppression...but enough of the talk, lets let the pictures do the talking.


M9 at ISO 160 at f/2

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Gotta love the Planar! I've never had one which disappointed (ZM, Rollei, ZF) and also prefer it to the Summicron. The photos below are from the ZM.


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Already glad I made this thread cause look at these great images - keep em coming!
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I love the planar for portraits.....





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Thanks, Jon!

The planar certainly is a great lens.
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Yes. I can't sing its praises high enough. Onto my 2nd copy.

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Well to Start - Kristian is TO BLAME
Dang...I HATE You ALL.....
as soon as some things Sell, I Will Succumb...the Planar will be Mine

Tim. Noicommunity, I awa, those are SUPERB...
Everyone's work here is GRAND !

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Well to Start - Kristian is TO BLAME
Dang...I HATE You ALL.....
as soon as some things Sell, I Will Succumb...the Planar will be Mine

Tim. Noicommunity, I awa, those are SUPERB...
Everyone's work here is GRAND !

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haha, you must succumb to your Planar desires HH!

btw, what 50mm are you rockin' these days? Nokton, Sonnar, something else?
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50 planar is spectacular

Http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/...865cdc25_b.jpg

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The Planar is a very nice lens. I owned it an a Hexanon 50 for a while. I ultimately kept the Hexanon, but the decision was based on ergonomics and perceived build quality rather than image quality.

A Planar photo:

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haha, you must succumb to your Planar desires HH!

btw, what 50mm are you rockin' these days? Nokton, Sonnar, something else?
at the 'Moment' a 1938 Uncoated Summar seems to Rock my Boat
its has a Lovely rendering of Sharpness & Dreaminess
PURRfect for Portraits
but in a week things will be Different ....
the PLANAR will be Mine.....needless to say i can't wait
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That Planar is awesome. I try and convince Summicron buyers at work to get them all the time.
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Has anyone compared the 50mm Planar with the 45mm/2 Planar for the G1/G2?
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at the 'Moment' a 1938 Uncoated Summar seems to Rock my Boat
its has a Lovely rendering of Sharpness & Dreaminess
PURRfect for Portraits
but in a week things will be Different ....
the PLANAR will be Mine.....needless to say i can't wait
Good move Helen. I'm surprised you didn't like the Sonnar, cause I absolutely love it....anyway, the Planar is one of those lenses you can't go wrong with. The f/2 aperture is forgiving enough with focus and it performs brilliantly, considering the operator does too ...not always

Just be sure to post your results in this thread once it's rocked your boat
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You make a Planar look like a Sonnar Helen, and thats a good thing!
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You make a Planar look like a Sonnar Helen, and thats a good thing!
I'm warm'n up to her..........
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You didn't sell it? Giving it more of a go? I thought it'd be too slow for your low light use
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Love that opener and Andre's crosswalk. This seems like a lens made for the M9 like the 35/1.4 pre-ASPH is- lovely color there Kristian.
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The 50 Planar ZM is certainly a lovely lens!

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Fantastic lens, my favourite!

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I have other 50s, but this one is close to my heart. The rendering is so special.

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I used 50/1.4 Plannar C/Y mount and love it.
It's seem story will continue...Next,50/2 Plannar ZM for my M..
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50mm Planar f2 and the ZM - first walk in Nantes in 2009:

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On an E-P1 through a very grimy window wide open - RAW with no correction
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It's a lovely lens. Fuji Pro 400H.


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This thread is really making me appreciate planar lenses and that is the closest I have to this great lens.
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I was planning to trade my elmar-m 5cm (v1) for a planar (adding money on top of course). Now I think I want it definetely! is it a good decision??
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I was planning to trade my elmar-m 5cm (v1) for a planar (adding money on top of course). Now I think I want it definetely! is it a good decision??
It depends on what look you want. Vintage vs. modern ... the Planar is very modern looking.
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