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Suggest Macro lens - Canon 100mm vs Zeiss 100mm

 
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Nov 17, 2013 02:33 |  #1

Hello Folks,

I am photo enthusiast ; own 5DM3 , 24-70 2.8 , 70-200 2.8 and I've been more than happy shooting with the combo.I mostly shoot Landscape, Night Photography.
However I've been missing some Macro shots lately where I intend to take but never happens with the above mentioned lens.
So I was planning on getting Macro lens and I am confused between Canon 100mm and Zeiss 100mm.
I know the primary differences as AutoFocus vs ManualFocus ; 1:1 vs 1:2 and I am not bothered about cost.
I am based out of India and we don't have an option of renting lenses.

Please help me in giving some real life examples of 1:1 vs 1:2 reproduction ratio.
I am biased towards Zeiss but is it difficult to Manual Focus on 5DM3 because of focussing screen ?
I would be happy If someone having an experience with both the lenses gives and in-depth analysis.

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Nov 17, 2013 03:28 |  #2

i found this other thread speaking about what you are asking and from FM:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=891517

http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/91085​6/ (external link)


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Nov 17, 2013 06:59 |  #3

Generally I will use MF when working really close up, as AF becomes rather useless near MFD. However, I use my macro lens for non-macro things too, so I would really hate to be stuck with MF all the time. Also 1:2 is not enough. Even 1:1 isn't enough sometimes.


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Nov 17, 2013 08:44 |  #4

Having owned one, I would never get a 1:2 macro lens again. I find 1:1 essential, and I often go a bit higher than that using an extension tube.

Re AF: people say that AF is not useful for macro, but I don't find that to be true. Doing macro in the field, I sometimes use AF, although I also often override it manually. And the AF is very useful if you use the lens for other things.

For macro work, the difference between f/2 and f/2.8 is zero, since you have to stop the lens down to get a reasonable DOF.

Re choice of lens: if you are talking about the Canon 100mmL, which is what I use, you are a way better photographer than I am if you think you need a better lens that this one. It is a fabulous lens.


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Nov 17, 2013 14:34 |  #5

Definitely recommend Canon for macro. Zeiss is not a macro lens.


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Nov 17, 2013 15:12 |  #6

The Zeiss will give better IQ for non macro shots but falls short for true macro usage. I personally would go Zeiss in a heart beat but I don't shoot macro :-)


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Nov 18, 2013 07:31 |  #7

Think in terms of a final capture of 1/1.5" for 1:1, as compared with 2 by 3" for 1:2. If you will only be taking photos of larger flowers, then 1:1 isn't as important. If you want to photograph rings, then it is.
What do you want to photograph? If bugs, then you need a longer lens. If flowers, then 1:2 might do...but it might not.




  
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Nov 18, 2013 11:24 |  #8

Why not replace your 24-70 f/2.8L with the new 24-70 f/4L IS?
It has a closeup mode (0.7x mag).

Just an alternative recommendation for your options.


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Nov 18, 2013 15:03 |  #9

light_pilgrim wrote in post #16458734 (external link)
Definitely recommend Canon for macro. Zeiss is not a macro lens.

Where do you get the idea that the Zeiss 100mm is not a macro lens? The Zeiss 100mm macro lens is way sharper than the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS lens. http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …o_planar_t_100m​m_f_2.html (external link)

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Nov 18, 2013 15:15 |  #10

Saint728 wrote in post #16461551 (external link)
Where do you get the idea that the Zeiss 100mm is not a macro lens? The Zeiss 100mm macro lens is way sharper than the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS lens. http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …o_planar_t_100m​m_f_2.html (external link)

Take Care,
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Yeah...what I wanted to say it is not a real macro lens...it is half macro. Canon still better for the practical use


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