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Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF

 
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Sep 09, 2014 20:10 |  #1

is this a good lens?




  
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Sep 09, 2014 20:15 |  #2

If you like manual focus yes and if you like auto focus no.




  
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Sep 10, 2014 00:18 |  #3

In the Zeiss line, the 100 MP is considered one of their best. That, along with the 21 f/2.8 have been top dog until recently when they began coming out with some newer lenses. I doubt even the new 15 or 25 are better than the 100 MP however. Only the Otis line beats it.


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Sep 10, 2014 00:28 as a reply to  @ n1as's post |  #4

Yes, it's a great lens, but tell us how do you plan to use it. This might help you get more useful feedback from those who have experience with it. Also, there are already plenty of reviews about it online. Have you checked the lens sample archive for it?




  
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Sep 10, 2014 06:11 as a reply to  @ t60p's post |  #5

As others have said, it's up there with the best of the Zeiss offerings (Otis apart)....I'd put it just behind the 135/2 and 21/2.8 in the pecking order if focal length is taken out of the criteria.

(Note....you quote the ZF, Nikon mount version....fine with an adapter if you're happy with manual aperture control but get the ZE if you want more automation)

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Sep 10, 2014 09:41 |  #6

n1as wrote in post #17145469 (external link)
In the Zeiss line, the 100 MP is considered one of their best. That, along with the 21 f/2.8 have been top dog until recently when they began coming out with some newer lenses. I doubt even the new 15 or 25 are better than the 100 MP however. Only the Otis line beats it.

The pre-Otus 2/135mm exceeds the optical performance of the 2/100. The 2/100mm is excellent, but suffers a bit from CA (easy to remove in LR). I like the lightness of the 2/100 vs the heavier 2/135.


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Sep 10, 2014 10:24 |  #7

The Zeiss 100/2 is one of my favorite lenses. I love the micro-contrast, 3-D rendering and butter-smooth bokeh. I had one for years in my Nikon days, and now picked one up again in EF mount. I also had the 21/2.8 and 135/2, but no longer have a need for them after I switched to Canon. I found the 135L is almost as good as the Zeiss, and of course much more practical with the AF. And I compared the 21/2.8 (which had been my landscape lens for years) against the new Canon 16-35/4 for the same scenes and could not see any meaningful difference, so the Canon took it's place now (again, much more practical, with 16-35mm thrown in, and AF and IS).

For the 100/2 I have not found a practical alternative. I tried the 100L but it's not the same at all (and one stop slower of course). And by the way, when I had both Zeiss 100/2 and 135/2, I often preferred the output from the former. Even though the 135/2 is technically a bit better (no axial CA), the 100/2 just has more character for me. Not to mention it does macro up to 1:2.


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Sep 10, 2014 11:18 |  #8

Thorsten wrote in post #17146075 (external link)
The Zeiss 100/2 is one of my favorite lenses. I love the micro-contrast, 3-D rendering and butter-smooth bokeh. I had one for years in my Nikon days, and now picked one up again in EF mount. I also had the 21/2.8 and 135/2, but no longer have a need for them after I switched to Canon. I found the 135L is almost as good as the Zeiss, and of course much more practical with the AF. And I compared the 21/2.8 (which had been my landscape lens for years) against the new Canon 16-35/4 for the same scenes and could not see any meaningful difference, so the Canon took it's place now (again, much more practical, with 16-35mm thrown in, and AF and IS).

For the 100/2 I have not found a practical alternative. I tried the 100L but it's not the same at all (and one stop slower of course). And by the way, when I had both Zeiss 100/2 and 135/2, I often preferred the output from the former. Even though the 135/2 is technically a bit better (no axial CA), the 100/2 just has more character for me. Not to mention it does macro up to 1:2.

Well said Thorsten. The 2/100 is character rich. The 2/135, by comparison, is optically near-perfect, but has more of a clinical rendering. For my needs I did want the optical excellence over character, but you really hit the nail on the head with the comparison.


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Sep 10, 2014 11:32 |  #9

David Arbogast wrote in post #17146178 (external link)
Well said Thorsten. The 2/100 is character rich. The 2/135, by comparison, is optically near-perfect, but has more of a clinical rendering. For my needs I did want the optical excellence over character, but you really hit the nail on the head with the comparison.

Thank you! The 135/2 is also a wonderful lens, but like you said, it's different. I liked the pure colors it provided. I kept and used both in my Nikon days. I think we can be glad that Zeiss came up with the idea for Otus only after their 135/2 was out, or else it would also cost $4500 now.


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