Alright, I was all set on the 50 Makro Planar up until a few days ago, when I started doubting. If I'm buying a ZE, I want the distinct Zeiss rendering like the ZE 35 Distagon has. From what I've heard the Makro Planar is an awesome lens by all means, but the rendering is not as 3D as some of the other ZE lenses.
Now, I'm looking at a lens mainly for portraits. For general walkaround I have a 24L and my tele needs are covered by the 135L. The 135L is also used for candid street photography. What I'm missing is a lens in the 50mm-60mm range for portraiture and indoor shots. I would prefer a lens that is usable from f/2 upwards.
The options I'm considering:
- Canon 50mm f/1.4 - I've seen some great shots in the Sample Archive, but this is for now the option that I'm most likely to drop.
- Canon 60mm f/2.8 Macro - This lens is not as fast as I'd like, being "only" f/2.8. Other than that, it seems like a great and inexpensive lens.
- Zeiss ZE 50mm f/1.4 - I'm actually starting to like this option. The rendering is very distinct, what I'm wondering is if it will be a good lens when shooting portraits from 1m (3 ft) - 3m (9 ft) distance though.
- Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 - Still in the back of my head and a great lens, but I'm missing the special look that my ZE 35 used to produce.
- Canon 50L - I don't think that the L is going to be my next lens, but if there are convincing arguments to get the lens I'm very open to it.
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 - I personally don't like the rendering.
I would love to hear your insights. If I'd buy a less expensive lens than the 50L/50MP, I'll use the remains to go on a citytrip to take some photos.