Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZE
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I prefer over Canon 100 f/2.8 IS
Teila, B&H Photo
23 March 2015
Excerpt: I use this lens almost exclusively for indoor/outdoor portraiture, and macro shots of people (partial body shots) & objects (for fine art, commentary & visual description of various art pieces). The lens does exactly what I purchased it for, mostly without issue. The Issues: 1.
Excerpt: I use the Makro-Planar equally as a macro lens and as a short telephoto. The way this lens renders subject matter is intoxifying and addictive. My other 105mm (Lester Dine) and Canon 105mm F2.8 focus closer than the Zeiss.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Everything I hoped it would be. Love the images. It is a great companion to my Canon 100mm L lens. They both have their strong points,and compliment each other. I works great with my 1DX, and 5DMKII. The 1Dx has the replaceable screen and is easy to focus. The focus confirmation, dose work well too.
Excerpt: I work in documentary and reality television and this lens takes the production value of my images to the next level. Canon glass is fine, but zeiss gives you a cinematic look that you won't see elsewhere at this price point.
Pros: Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction, Superior image quality
Excerpt: I took the same images with the Canon 24-105L at 100mm and this lens, both at f4 and could see a difference even in-camera with much more background/foreground separation and better color from the Zeiss.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Hands down one of my favorite lenses. The DOF is quite small, and focusing accurately can be a challenge, especially up close. But with live-view and some patience, it's quite doable. If you're not comfortable with manual lenses, you are much better off going with the (cheaper) 100/2.8L by Canon.
Excerpt: I am not a pro photographer, but I always have a camera with me and love taking pictures. I shoot food, people and drinks (work in a restaurant), nature, and street shots. I also use it for video.
Excerpt: After months of reading the reviews on here and hand wringing over paying double the price of the Canon 100mm L Macro I'm so happy I bought this lens. Even after just a few days use I'm seeing a clarity to my images unlike before. I can wholeheartedly recommend this lens.
Excerpt: This lens really is awesome. I will have to agree with all the great reviews about this lens. This is the third Ziess lens I have bought and they all are great. The macro is superb both for stills and video.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction