Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF
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Andre Horton "Ridge Runner", Amazon
29 March 2014
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. The EF 85mm has a long MFD and if you are not in a roomy studio, it just won't work, if you are used to being in tight with you subject. I use this lens for portraits and for weddings. No auto focus? The Zeiss MF is greasy and very smooth.
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. One was the 50/f1.4 and this one, the 100/f2 Makro Planar. The reviews on this lens was fantastic and it took me 3 years to get one. It was out of stock practically everywhere.
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 offers is what really sets it apart.
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 the feel of in focus but just off a bit type of photos, and covers up a lot of wrinkles and age lines.
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. That being said, the latest cameras will let you know when you have achieved focus so that isn't a problem. What I can say is that the pictures I take with the two Zeiss lenses I own are the most amazing I take with any lens.
Summary: You often see many allegations made about this or that lens being the "sharpest lens made", but this is the one lens that actually lives up to that claim. Certainly at f/2 it exceeds the resolution of the Canon 135mm f/2 and matches or exceeds that of the $6,000 Canon 200mm f/2 IS. It has a solid precision not found in any other consumer or professional grade lens, and like most of the other Zeiss ZE lenses, it's in a class by itself. The Mercedes-Benz of lenses.
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. Not only is it very nice for macro imaging (though you should be aware of 1:2 ratio), but easily the nicest full frame portrait lens out there.
Expensive until you realize what an incredible lens it really is
1 October 2011
Summary: If you're reading this, than you have some understanding as to the reputation of this lens. Let me begin by saying that I shoot with a d90 and 50mm f/1.8. So why did I spend so much money on one lens when I could easily buy 2 or more f/2.8 zooms from sigma or tamron? Easy, the images it produces are absolutely gorgeous. I compared this directly to the nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR in a store, in some terrible lighting conditions.
Summary: It is amazing how quickly a month goes by when you have such an amazing piece of glass in your hands. I have to say, without a doubt, the Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 is one of the highest performing macro lenses on the market - and contrary to the belief, it does portraits just fine. Again, like in my previous postings and reviews, this is not going to get into all the tech-specs that are laid out on the CZ website - no sense in reinventing the wheel.