Zeiss 100mm F/2 Makro Planar ZE Manual Focus Macro Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

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With the introduction of the Makro-Planar T* 2/100, Carl Zeiss expands its existing ZE line of lenses for EF-mount cameras. Owners of EOS camera models can now create detail-rich macro images that allow the effective use of both sharpness and unsharpness to be deployed as creative elements. These fast, versatile lenses are also perfect as standard focal lengths for portraits or still life photography.

Even in tricky lighting situations such as dusk, the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 creates distortion-free images thanks to its extraordinary fast aperture. Whether capturing an insect resting on a flower or the moisture on a piece of fruit, these lenses allow a degree of sharpness that was hitherto impossible. Even with a maximum aperture opening and a low focal depth, the desired image can be easily isolated from its surroundings.

The macro lens renders objects in close-up on a scale of 1:2. To enable such detail, this lens includes Carl Zeiss's acclaimed "floating elements" design. This special lens alignment enables high optical performance across the entire focusing range, from 0.44m to infinity

The Zeiss 100mm F/2.0 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography and more.The Zeiss 100mm F/2.0 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Zeiss 100mm F/2.0: Consistent output, Durable, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Nice bokeh (11),Strong construction (9),Consistent output (7),Durable (7),Rugged (7),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Easily interchangeable (3)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (10),Low light (8),Landscape/scenery (7),Night photography (5),Video (3),Weddings (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (5),Photo enthusiast (4),Pro photographer (3)

Zeiss 100mm F/2.0 Features

  • The first photo lens with ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime optics from Hollywood's movie industry, enabling exceptionally selective focusing
  • Far superior in optical performance, even wide open, from infinity to the close-focus limit at half life size
  • Optical system of fantastic performance and longlife full metal precision mechanics

Zeiss 100mm F/2.0 Specifications

Construction
8 Groups / 9 Elements
Angle of view
24 / 21 / 14°
F stop range
F2-22
Closest Focusing Distance
17.3" / .44m
Maximum Magnification
1:2 (close up)
Coverage at close range 72 x 48 cm (close-up)
Filter Size
67mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
4.5" x 3" / 115mm x 76mm
Weight
24 oz. / 680g

Zeiss 100mm F/2.0 Reviews

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Exceptional quality macro lens

The Zeiss 100mm MP lens is the finest macro lens I've ever used, hands down. It is sharp wide open, with exceptional micro-contrast and detail from the center into the far corners. The rendering of this lens is what sets it apart from others, with a smooth transition to out-of-focus areas. The focus ring has a huge amount of play, which is very useful for fine-tuning focus. I much prefer manual focus for macro work anyway; at close focal range and high magnification, AF lenses are often hit-o...

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The Zeiss 100mm MP lens is the finest macro lens I've ever used, hands down. It is sharp wide open, with exceptional micro-contrast and detail from the center into the far corners. The rendering of this lens is what sets it apart from others, with a smooth transition to out-of-focus areas. The focus ring has a huge amount of play, which is very useful for fine-tuning focus. I much prefer manual focus for macro work anyway; at close focal range and high magnification, AF lenses are often hit-or-miss, and depth of field is so narrow that the slightest shift in the AF point will cause big focus issues. I would suggest adding the super-precision focus screen to make manual focus a bit easier, although LiveFocus is a must for extreme closeups at wide apertures. The only downside to this lens is the 1:2 magnification ratio. I've used all of the Canon macro lenses, from 50mm, 60mm, 100mm and 180mm, as well as several Tamron and Sigma macro lenses, and the Zeiss is in a class by itself. The only competition might be the Leica-R 100mm APO or the Voigtlander 125mm APO, both of which are slower and much more expensive.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
5.0

The best digital lens I have ever used

By

from Boise, Idaho  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Super sharp, precise, and I love the manual focus when doing macro

 
5.0

Unbelievable Image

By

from NYC  -  Pro Photographer

I work in documentary and reality television and this lens takes the production value of my images to the next level. Canon glass is fine, but zeiss gives you a cinematic look that you won't see elsewhere at this price point.

 
5.0

Gorgeous Images

By

from Ridgway, CO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I took the same images with the Canon 24-105L at 100mm and this lens, both at f4 and could see a difference even in-camera with much more background/foreground separation and better color from the Zeiss. When I asked my non-photographer husband which images he preferred, he pointed immediately to images taken with the Zeiss (without knowing which lens had taken which photo).

 
5.0

Really nice for portraits

By

from North Georgia  -  Photo Enthusiast

Superb build quality and great photos straight from camera. Terrific choice for full frame cameras

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best!

By

from Chicago  -  Casual Photographer

My best lens

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional quality macro lens

By

from New York, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The Zeiss 100mm MP lens is the finest macro lens I've ever used, hands down. It is sharp wide open, with exceptional micro-contrast and detail from the center into the far corners. The rendering of this lens is what sets it apart from others, with a smooth transition to out-of-focus areas. The focus ring has a huge amount of play, which is very useful for fine-tuning focus. I much prefer manual focus for macro work anyway; at close focal range and high magnification, AF lenses are often hit-or-miss, and depth of field is so narrow that the slightest shift in the AF point will cause big focus issues. I would suggest adding the super-precision focus screen to make manual focus a bit easier, although LiveFocus is a must for extreme closeups at wide apertures. The only downside to this lens is the 1:2 magnification ratio. I've used all of the Canon macro lenses, from 50mm, 60mm, 100mm and 180mm, as well as several Tamron and Sigma macro lenses, and the Zeiss is in a class by itself. The only competition might be the Leica-R 100mm APO or the Voigtlander 125mm APO, both of which are slower and much more expensive.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome macro lens !

By

from Brazil  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Although it's a manual focus lens, I used it to shoot NYC and got pretty nice shoots. Focusing is easy, can be done fast and it could be used for macro, portrait, street shots with marvelous results.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lens pops...

By

from memphis  -  Pro Photographer

I think you will see the difference

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome lens

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I had a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro that I sold. If you really really must have auto-focus you should definitely get that or the Sigma. I love this lens. I love manual focus. The bokeh and micro-contrast are splendid. The first sample picture I showed my better half, she fell in love and said you should keep it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional lens raised my game

By

from Boston, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Worth every penny. Razor sharp. Awesome bokeh. Amazing portrait lens and macro 1:2. A versatile and bar-raising addition to my kit. I would absolutely recommend this.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
TERRY T  Its a Zeiss Prime ... who needs more of a reason than that! Also, it is perhaps the best lens I have ever owned, BAR NONE! If you love Portraiture, you will adore this lens.
Shopper  Does this lens for Canon require a full frame camera?
michael w  No, it works on my 7D Canon well also
Shopper  What dose it mean when you say "the lense renders objects in close up on a scale of 1:2"?
RICARDO C  The Zeiss 100 is not a 1:1 factor macro lens. The lens reproduce in a half factor!
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