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

12 May 2014
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very solid and stylish mount,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame of both APS-C and full frame sensor,
  • good correction of chromatic aberration,
  • proper correction of spherical aberration,
  • imperceptible distortion,
  • brilliant coma correction,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • moderate vignetting on APS-C/DX,
  • defocused images very pleasing to the eye,
  • well done combination of a portrait and macro lens.

Cons:

  • noticeable vignetting at the maximum relative aperture on full frame,
  • work against bright light should have been better.

Although the Makro-Planar 2/100 didn’t have such outstanding results in our test as the Apo Sonnar 1/135, tested by us not so long ago, it would be difficult to find any serious fault with it. It is really a high quality, well done lens, especially if you takes its universality into account. Usually combining more than one usage in a lens entails the necessity to compromise. You can’t see many compromises here – the lens will be an excellent portrait device and a macro instrument as well, providing high resolution images devoid of most optical aberrations.

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The Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100 mm f/2.0 is an expensive lens. Still, for such a considerable amount of money you get a very solid and reliable lens which will perform well today and in 20 or 30 years’ time as well, always providing the superior image quality.