Once in a while, someone asks me what my favourite lens is. For a long time now the answer has remained the same – it’s the Zeiss 50mm ZM Sonnar. This is a lens that has loads of character already, but I recently wondered what would happen if I turned up some of the the character traits to 11 with a Tiffen ‘Black Pro Mist’ diffusion filter.
Zeiss 50mm ZM Sonnar
Over the last 6 or so months I’ve really bought into the Zeiss ZM system of lenses. I’ve gone from owning 2 of them to 5, and in combination with film and digital cameras they mount to, I now feel like I have all I “need” from my photography equipment. Significantly, the last three of these lenses have been bought at a time that I’ve been describing as a bit of a “low ebb” in my photography. So I thought I’d write a bit about which lenses I’ve chosen and why I’ve chosen them at this particular point in my photography journey.
10 months on from buying my M6, I’m now at the stage that I’m beginning to get used to it. The lens choice for me was simple, either 35mm or 50mm. Both suit my style but after a little thought I went for the Zeiss 50mm f1.5 C Sonnar. Price was a key factor in the …
It took me so long to commit to the idea of buying a Zeiss ZM 50mm Sonnar. I must have hanged my mouse over a buy-it-now button of some sort countless times. Something just kept changing my mind at the last minute. Just recently, I decided enough was enough, I was going to end this cycle of indecision, bite the bullet and just try one. And you know what, my only regret was not buying the damned thing sooner.