Zeiss 100mm F/2 Makro Planar ZF.2 Manual Focus Macro Lens for the Nikon F (AI-S) Bayonet SLR System.

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About Zeiss 100mm F/2.0

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.



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

  • ZF.2 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.
  • The lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure settings
  • Control of flare and ghosting are outstanding, so that even extreme highlights in the image field do not affect the quality of the image
  • Precise mechanism enables exact manual focusing
  • Carl Zeiss T* lens coating

Zeiss 100mm F/2.0 Specifications

Focal Length
97.5 mm
Aperture range
f/2 - f/22 (1/2 steps)
Focusing range
0.44 m - infinity
Image ratio at close range
0.043055556
Coverage at close range
48 x 72 mm
Number of elements/groups
9 / 8
Angular field (diag./horiz.)
25 / 20.9 °
Filter-Mount
M67 x 0.75
Weight
680 g
Diameter
76 mm
Length
112 mm

Zeiss 100mm F/2.0 Reviews

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5

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Bitingly Sharp

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 ...

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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 does take some practice and very refined technique(since it is very precise manual-focus) to give this elevated level of performance.

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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Mike N  While this is a superb lens I have some doubts about its use as a macro lerns. With a res of 1:2 and only F22 that tells me that the depth of field is very shallow. Other than taking a "close up" of a vase of flowers it appears to really lack the capability of a true macro. Or does the zeiss glass have some inherent properties that compensate for this? Thank you!!
DEBBIE P  With f/2.0 you will have a very very shallow DOF, at f/22 the image will have some very sharp details. The range of this lens will allow it to be focused from under a foot to just over 10 feet (infinity is probably about 12 ft). I love to use this lens for its shallow DOF. If I want distance then I use a different lens. Perhaps your definition of a true macro is different from mine but I can photograph small details of a flower with this lens. As a Canon person, I also have the MP-E 65 which I would call a true macro and EF 100 f/2.8L IS USM which is close to this lens. If I want the ultimate control with that shallow DOF, I use the Zeiss. If I want "microscopic detail", I use the 65 (distance to subject is in inches) For walk around I use the Canon EF 100 or Sigma 180 (also a macro but I can be back further). The Zeiss is beautiful glass, have never been disappointed. Doubt I answered your question but I think its all in how you decide to think of 'macro'. Sorry.
Mike N  Thank you for the info. For me DOF is paramount. On my Nikon D700 my tamron 90MM macro will give me F36, F40, and even F45 at about 8-9 inches. This is extraordinarily important for what I do. Too many people seem to be absorbed with the background and relegate the subject to second place. Both must work. Most Macro shots I see cause me to cringe. Still the zeiss sounds like a extraordinary lens and well worth the accolades it has received. Thanks again. Mike Nizinski
Shopper  Will this work with a teleconvertor?
JAMES D  Hi. Although I haven't personally tried it, I know several People who have used the nikon tc14 with success. Also, the Kenko tc's also work. It's an outstanding lens in every way!! Hope this helps. Take care, James Duffy
ALAN K  I currently shoot with a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor Macro 200mm ƒ4 lens. I like the working distance of 200mm but the manual focus is terrible, incredibly un-forgiving, there is no "just a touch more focus" with the Nikkor. The Auto focus "hunts" so badly and is soooo very slow I never turn on! I manual focus and usually focus stack my 1:1 images. Just because the lens aperture gets as high as ƒ40, there is not much dof in close. Finally, my question lol, would this make a better choice for Macro's on my D800 than the 200mm ƒ4 Nikkor?
JOSEPH E  You would need to keep the following in mind: 1) The Zeiss 100mm is a 1:2 macro lens, so you would be getting roughly have the magnification (without extension tubes) 2) 100mm as a working distance is much shorter than 200mm at macro levels. Combined with the lens being 1:2 as mentioned above, you might be disappointed in the focal length and appearance of your shots, at least at first 3) The lens does extend quite a lot when focusing to 1:2 That said, the Zeiss is spectacularly sharp (though prone to LoCA at f/2 on contrasty subjects), and the manual focus is a genuine pleasure to use. For focus stacking and macro work manual focus is usually the recommended route, anyway - and the Zeiss has some of the best manual focusing you can get.
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