review

FOREWORD
Here is my small Zeiss Makro-Planar  T* f2 100 mm ZE review. I’m not a pro reviewer, I’m just going to have fun with this lens and use it.  Share what I think about it and post the images.

First of all, this lens is MF ( manual focusing ) only. This lens is all about build and image quality. Perfect lens for portraits, macro, landscape, product and architecture.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

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Starting with unboxing pictures. My Makro-Planar 100 is ZE, the Canon EF mount, this lens is also availible with Nikon mount named ZF. Shot with Zeiss Distagon 2/35.

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A solid metal lenshood. Warrenty card and so on. Shot with Zeiss Distagon 2/35.

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Warpaint time. Focus on hand.
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focus point at eye.

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Here is a picture of me with the Makro-Planar 100. Shot with a Canon 650D & Canon 100 L 2.8 IS. That lens is also a very good 100mm macro. And you get IS and AF. The owner of this lens prefer this over all her other Canon lenses.  Photo by Stine Norheim.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS :

Focal length 100 mm
Aperture range f/2.0 – f/22
Focusing range 0.44 m – ∞
Number of elements/groups 9/8
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 25°/21°/14°
Coverage at close range 72 x 48 mm
Image ratio at close
range
1 : 2
Filter thread M 67 x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps) ø 76 mm, length 113-115 mm
Weight 660 g – 680 g
Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
EF Mount (ZE)


BUILD QUALITY :
This lens FEEL  expensive. Heavy, all metal with a focus ring that is smooth to turn.

OPTICS :
Bokeh : This lens delivers smooth and wonderful bokeh. All Carl Zeiss lenses I have 2/35 mm Distagon – 85 mm 1 ,4 Planar ( sold ) – Makro-Planar 2/100 mm  really kicks a** when it comes to bokeh.
Only Leica lenses comes close ( or better in some cases ) in my opinion.
Nikon and Canon also has some wonderful bokeh lenses:
Canon 50 L f1.2
Canon 300 L f2.8 IS mk II
Canon 200 L f2.0 IS
Nikon 105mm Macro
Nikon 58mm f1.4 G,
Canon 85 L f1.2 mk II
Canon 135L f2.0 …..to name a few of the best.

Sharpness : Very sharp wide open and great microcontrast, maybe the sharpest lens I have ever used. . At f4 and up it’s ridiculous sharp. Great for lagre prints way beyond A3.
Colour: This is what I bought this lens for, the colors from this lens is very good. In low light it really shines.

IMAGE SAMPLES :

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Large file – 1500x1000px. Just to show some details.

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Large file – 1500x1000px. Just to show some details. Metal dice on very shiny plastic cover in direct sunlight.

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Other samples from the  Makro-Planar 100.

I personally love this lens. If you should choose this Zeiss over a Canon 100mm L macro or a Nikon 105mm macro you have to figure out for yourself.

Hope this small review helped you in some way.

I used a Canon 5D III for this review.

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