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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
Super sharp, precise, and I love the manual focus when doing macro
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.
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).
Superb build quality and great photos straight from camera. Terrific choice for full frame cameras
My best 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-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.
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.
I think you will see the difference
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.
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.