Summary: very sharp lens that delivers a unique image. this is my third manual focus lens so I am familiar with the drawbacks of manually focusing but I found by using the focus confirm I am getting a reasonable amount of keepers.
Summary: I own a Nikon 85mm F/1.4 and a 135mm F/2.0 This lens makes me want to sell both of them now. I know sharpness is not everything but this lens is incredibly sharp. Also the way it renders color and images is just magical. I really can't give this lens enough praise.
Summary: I sold my Canon 85mm f1.2L for this lens. Why would you do that?!! Yes, this lens is MF, however the color representation, clarity whole-frame wide open at 2.0, and Macro capabilities makes this lens unparalleled.
Summary: This was the 4th Zeiss manual focus lens I bought. The first two were the 35/f2 and 85/f1.4, and they were the ZF series (not the ZF.2). They were excellent lenses and based on my experience on these two lenses I decided to get another two more lenses.
Summary: I have used both the L (IS) Canon 100mm macro, as well as the non-L Canon 100mm macro lenses. I found them both to be amazingly sharp. Then I got this lens. I suppose it might not be miles ahead of the others (the Canon lenses are very sharp themselves), but the focus transition that this lens...
Summary: Bought this one as a macro lens but soon used it for portraits, it performed very well especially when you have difficult lighting siturations such as backlighting. You do miss a few shots though, because of manual focus, but sometimes it become more welcome for older ladies, if you manage to have...
Summary: I have another Zeiss lens, the 50mm ZF.2 Makro-Planar which is itself a great lens. How much I enjoyed that lens inspired me to get the 100mm. Some people do not like the fact that these lenses are manual focus.
Summary: I've owned some very nice lenses from both Canon and Nikon for use with both crop and full frame cameras, and I'd have to rate this Zeiss Makro as a favorite above all others, perhaps in a tie with the Nikon 85 f1.4 G.