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: The Zeiss Makro PLanar T* 100mm F/2 ZF lens was optically tested in a laboratory and field tested by a professional photographer. Several cameras were used including the NikonD90,Nikon D3,Nikon D7000,Canon7D and Canon5D. Three other lens were tested the same time and in the same way. These were the Nikon 105F2 DC, leica 100F2.8 APO and the Canon 100mm F/2. Final ranking for the above tests: Zeiss 100F2 and Leica 100F2.8- First, each lens at F/2.8.