Last updated (29 June’11):
– Review by SLRGear
The Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar features 100mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.0. The lens construction has 9 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 25 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.4′ (42.67cm) and has a filter size of 67 mm. The Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar lens weighs 1.5 lb (680g) and it measures 2.99 inches in diameter and 4.45 inches long.
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Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar Reviews
SLRGear reviews the Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar and writes;
“The Zeiss 100mm ƒ/2 has much to commend it: it’s a full stop faster than its contemporaries, and its results for sharpness, chromatic aberration, corner shading and distortion are all exceptional. It’s also built extremely well, with a construction finish that will last dozens of years and bear up well under harsh conditions.”
SLRLensreview reviews the Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar and writes;
“Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZF is an outstanding ‘specimen’ among medium telephoto macro lenses. The lens showcases very solid performance on both full frame (Nikon, Canon) as well as APS-C (Canon) bodies. Image sharpness, low level of artifacts, non-existent distortion, excellent handling of color…”
The-digital-picture reviews the Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar and writes;
“The Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens is practically CA (Chromatic Aberration)-free and is essentially distortion-free. Even with the sun directly hitting the corner of the frame, the ZE 100 shows very little flare. Bokeh (quality of background blur – not the amount blur) is quite impressive. Here is an example of the ZE 100’s f/5.6 bokeh along with a same-focus-distance example from the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens. “
Photozone reviews the Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar and writes;
“The lens is very sharp at f/2 and truly excellent between f/4 and f/8. Lateral CAs as well as distortions are not relevant from a field perspective. The amount of vignetting is quite high at f/2 but not an issue anymore from f/4 onwards. The quality of the bokeh is generally very good at large aperture although you may be able to spot some “cat’s eyes” as well as bokeh fringing (LoCAs).”
Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar User Reviews
“..I nailed the shoot, and despite fast moving subjects coming towards me, the brightness of the F2, combined with the huge D3 screen made focusing a breeze. It is such a pleasure to frame, focus, shoot as opposed to locking my subject in the center and recomposing. The sharpness is astounding, and the bokeh is so clean that everything looks 3 dimensional. For product shooting, there is nothing better. Tack sharp at all apertures between 2.8 and 22, I can achieve results that blow away my similar micro nikkor. This lens is such a joy to use that I hate removing it from the camera. It is sheer perfection.” – by Tamarindophoto
Fantastic 100 mm lens and Macro too
“I used this lens and two other Zeiss ZF.2 lenses with a Nikon F3x on my recent trip to Patagonia, Torres del Paine, and a trip through the channels around Tierra del Fuego. The contrast and clarity of the images are superb. Better than my 100mm micro-Nikkor.” – by Ken
Best All Around Prime for Nikon DSLR’s
“Simply the best performing lens I have put on my D3s and I own many of the great Nikon zooms and primes. Some say it may be a little too sharp for portraits, but if you set your lighting up correctly to soften blemishes, the skin tones and colors come out fantastic!” – by Mel M.
Tack sharp, precise and sweet bokeh
“I love using this lens. After researching and saving up for 2 years, I purchased this lens for it’s close up capabilities, tack sharpness and legendary bokeh. I’ve been taking close up (it only goes to 1:2 so some say that’s not macro) photos of plant life for 2 weeks and I’m thrilled at the quality of my shots. Having a lens that’s tack sharp from f/2 through f/22 really allows the creative isolation juices to flow. Manual focusing with this lens is a joy to use and is precise without any play, which illustrates its top notch build quality. If achieving 1:2 is important, then I suggest using a focusing rail to simplify the process. I’ve yet to try it as a landscape lens, but I think it will make a sweet pano lens as well with it’s minimal distortion.” – by stephenicity
Extraordinary Detail + Fabulous Quality
“I use this lens on a D-700 for landscapes, candid street photography, portraits and for macro work. I’ve used Nikon’s finest autofocus lenses for these purposes in the past. Autofocus has infuriated me for the last time. This Zeiss lens has an extraordinary fit and finish, focussing is an absolute joy…” – by Marc
Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar Sample Photos
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Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar User Manual
Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro Planar Specifications
The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens is a manual focus lens with a Nikon F-mount that has superior quality optics, combining sharp macro performance and a very fast maximum aperture. ZF.2 lenses have CPU coupling which provides aperture, program AE priority, aperture priority, shutter priority or manual exposure settings on camera models equipped with an electronic interface.
A ‘floating element’ optical system enables the Makro-Planar T* to deliver superior quality images even at f/2, from infinity to the close-focus (1.4′, 0.44 m) distance. Users can employ selective focusing on important details with the clarity required for technical photography, effectively isolating the subject from distracting surroundings. This lens is ideal for use in a wide variety of industrial, scientific, aerospace, robotics, instrumentation, documentation and surveillance applications.
ZF.2 lenses support all key modes (e.g. aperture priority, shutter priority, program AE or manual exposure settings) on camera models equipped with an electronic interface (e.g. current Nikon DSLR cameras). To do so, simply lock the aperture ring in the largest f-stop shown in orange.
On camera models without an electronic interface, the aperture is manually set on the lens aperture ring. With some camera models, it is possible to set in the menu whether the lens should be selected using the setting dial on the camera or the aperture ring on the lens. Please note that, for technical reasons, there is no halfway notch between the largest and second largest f-stop. The focused distance is not transmitted to the camera body.