Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100

Telephoto macro prime lens | Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Nikon F (FX)

A few months ago, I ordered a used, excellent condition Zeiss 100/2 makro Planar from Adorama. As I expected, the Zeiss turned out to be a terrific lens overall, with excellent contrast, sharpness and smooth bokeh. What I didn't expect is that in careful image comparisons, at 10 feet, the makro Planar's overall IQ was practically indistinguishable from my 105/2.8 AF micro Nikkor, except that the Zeiss showed more LoCa. Maybe sample variation played a part, the Zeiss is still an impressive ...

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As usual... let's get the negative thing sorted out: it's expensive, it's manual focus, and it only goes to 1:2 magnification... Build quality, I'm getting tired of saying this... these Zeiss lenses are the pinnacle of mechanical precision and robustness, they're entirely made of metal, no plastc at all and they're assembled with utmost precision and buttery smooth focus/aperture rings - no play at all in the mechanisms. They're meant to last for decades. Optically it's very sharp straight ...

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I'm not a pro yet I think to be the closest thing to a pro might be an amateur. If I don't work professionally with photography is just because I have already another safe job AND a home loan to pay. Everyone can talk about the goodness of lens build (nicely solid, sturdy) or the images it can take and the terrific sharpness / bokeh etc you get with such lens. Actually, it's all true and already at full aperture is more a problem of depth of field than any other problem (real or supposed). ...

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