The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro and the Carl Zeiss Planar T1,4/50 for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro is the longer of the two lenses at 115mm. The Carl Zeiss Planar T1,4/50 with a length of 69mm, is 46mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro also has a larger diameter of 87mm compared to the Carl Zeiss Planar T1,4/50's 66mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Carl Zeiss Planar T1,4/50 weighs 350g, 62% (595g) lighter than the Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro's weight of 945g.
Both the Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro and the Carl Zeiss Planar T1,4/50 has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.
Carl Zeiss Planar T1,4/50 is also available in Pentax KAF and Nikon F (FX) mounts.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 50mm but while Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro has the fastest aperture of F2.8, the Carl Zeiss Planar T1,4/50's widest aperture value is F1.4.