Zeiss Makro Planar 120mm/F4 ZV

Review of Zeiss Makro Planar 120mm/F4 ZV with a digital camera

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Photo by Leica S typ007

When used with X2D and Leica S typ007, it is a medium telephoto lens with a maximum focal length of 96mm. It weighs more than 2kg when combined with the Leica S typ007.
The images are sharp from the maximum aperture, and the bokeh is sufficient even at F4. There is no unpleasant bokeh effect, and the smooth blurring from the focus plane is pleasing.
When used with the LEICA S typ007, the lens has rich colors and tones and is resistant to backlighting, making it a versatile medium telephoto lens if the weight of the lens is not a problem.

This lens was released in 2008 in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, but two years later in 2010, it was sold at a special inventory disposal price, and as of 2023, the price has returned considerably.
The Y Hashi camera was sold for 150,000 yen for the 50mm lens, 120,000 yen for the 120mm lens, and less than 100,000 yen for the 180mm lens. It seems that Map Camera also had an inventory clearance, but all three were priced at 280,000 yen, which was milder than Yabashi Camera’s price.
In 2010, I was not interested in medium format cameras at all, so I thought it would be like that, but when I was looking for a lens for the LEICA S typ007, I found one at a second-hand shop at a slightly higher price than the clearance price, including the hood, so I bought it after a day of hesitation.
After I bought it, I looked up the older V-mount Makro Planar 120mm and found that the lens construction had not changed at all. If you do not value the beautiful silver lens barrel, the lens configuration is the same whether you buy C/CF/CFi/CFE. The lens coatings may differ depending on the age of the lens, but I don’t think you will feel any difference except in extreme situations such as backlighting.
The APO Makro Planar 120mm for the Contax 645 is different from the Makro Planar lenses in that it is an 8-element lens in 5 groups with 2 lenses added behind the 6-element planar lens in 4 groups.



Macro lens with 120mm focal length, V-mount,
The aperture has a fixed half stop and is almost equally spaced from f/4 to f/32.
It is a C-type lens with no electrical contacts.
It has a rotation angle of about 250 degrees from infinity to the shortest distance of 0.8m.

focal length(mm)120
Maximum aperture4
Minimum aperture32
Leaf blade5
Lens configuration4groups 6elements
Minimum distance(m)0.8
Lens length(mm)107.6
Lens max diameter(mm)80Excluding protrusions
Filter diameter(mm)67mm
Release date2008.9

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