The ZEISS ZF.2 with F bayonet for digital SLRs. Thanks to its electronic interface (CPU), these new ZEISS lenses support all-important operations such as the automatic exposure for shutter priority, aperture priority and program modes. The CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure settings, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. These quicker and faster handling capabilities of the ZF.2 lenses are especially useful under hectic shooting conditions.
ZEISS lenses truly come into their own in situations that demand extreme photographic creativity and maximum image quality. Carl Zeiss' fixed focal length lenses are known for their high light sensitivity and precise manual handling, leaving the photographer in full control. The new ZF.2 series will be especially interesting for photo enthusiasts who value creative, high-quality images combined with the comfort of automatic settings.
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I've had the Zeiss 100 Makro-Planar since December. The build quality, along with the buttery-smooth focusing ring is right up there at the top of all DSLR glass period. Shooting with a D700, it has taken my craft to a whole new level of resolution and fun. To reap the best of which it is capable, one needs to use a tripod. However, I've gotten some wonderfully resolved images hand-held. The color, bokeh, and 3D are out of this world. Best lens I've ever owned next to some Leica. Warning- it ...View full Review
I've had the Zeiss 100 Makro-Planar since December. The build quality, along with the buttery-smooth focusing ring is right up there at the top of all DSLR glass period. Shooting with a D700, it has taken my craft to a whole new level of resolution and fun. To reap the best of which it is capable, one needs to use a tripod. However, I've gotten some wonderfully resolved images hand-held. The color, bokeh, and 3D are out of this world. Best lens I've ever owned next to some Leica. Warning- it does take some practice and very refined technique(since it is very precise manual-focus) to give this elevated level of performance.
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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.