Zeiss 100mm makro planar f/2, fringing and f stop advice

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pluton Veteran Member • Posts: 3,429
Re: Zeiss 100mm makro planar f/2, fringing and f stop advice

The Zeiss 100/2 is an amazing lens. It has extremely high resolution, a beautiful tonal rendition, and focus transitions are ultra smooth.

Alas, all is not perfect in Zeiss 100 World, and you've found the flaw.

I've done tests by pointing my ZF 100/2 at a hot, shiny water reflection and other high-contrast scenes. In those tests, the axial color never completely went away. It got really small at f/8, smaller at f/11, and pretty damn minimal at f/16.

If the kind of shots you want to make with your 100mm lens are the type that greatly accentuate axial chromatic aberration, you unfortunately picked the wrong lens.

The Zeiss 135/2 (Classic or Milvus) is reputed to have much, much less CA than the 100.

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