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Lens review

2014-05-12
 

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100 mm f/2 ZF.2/ZE

1. Introduction

You can literally pick and choose among different 100 mm f/2.8 macro lenses. What’s more, the majority of those are very good, efficient constructions, offering you a very good image quality up from the maximum relative aperture. The following chart presents several such instruments.

The competition is fierce; small wonder there are companies which try to offer something original and special. The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100 MM f/2.0 can be a good example of that trend – it provides 1:2, not 1:1 image ratio, setting the focus already from 0.44 of a meter. On the other hand it features a noticeably faster aperture than a typical macro lens which, joined with the 100 mm focal length, allows you to use it successfully for portraits and on both types of detectors (APS-C and FF).

Keeping in mind overall good performance of 2.8/100 class lenses and the latest resolution records of the Zeiss 2/135 and the 1.4/50 Otus I admit our expectations concerning the Makro-Planar 2/100 were high. Did it fare well enough not to disappoint us? Find out in the next chapters – happy reading!

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We would like to thank the Foto-Technika company for lending the lens for our test.

You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100 mm f/2 ZF.2/ZE - Introduction

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