Zeiss Makro-Planar T* F2 100mm ZE review

Manual focus-only lens with 1:2 reproduction ratio

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Zeiss makro planar t f2 100mm ze review

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* F2 100mm ZE lens is a stellar performer. Photo results at its widest f/2 aperture are impressively high in the centre (although not quite as great in the corners) while stopping the lens down towards f/8 improves consistency, with sharpness maintained to an excellent standard. Even at f/22, where other lenses are already compromised too greatly by diffraction, the lens manages to record a superb level of detail.

It's not just in its sharpness that it impresses, though. Next to all the major macro options from the mainstream manufacturers, it records a negligible amount of chromatic aberration, while its control over distortion is almost as good, only marginally bettered by Pentax smc D-FA 100mm f/2.8 macro WR and Sigma's 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM. As such, it's a great option for architecture or technical work, where such aberrations need to be kept to a minimum.


Overall then, the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* F2 100mm ZE lens is a joy to use, and can deliver the quality results suggested by its asking price. Without the provision of autofocus or a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio it clearly won't be for everyone, while it's asking price of £1,550 will only further place it out of the reach of many.

Then again, this isn't a lens necessarily aimed at the mass market, but one quite clearly built to a standard rather than a price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Fixed Focal Length100 mm
Lens Mount TypeNikon F
Maximum Aperture Fixed2
Image StabilizationNo
Brand NameZeiss
Filter Attachment Diameter67 mm
Lens TypeMacro
Height113 mm

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ManufacturerCarl Zeiss, Inc
Product Model1771846
Product NameMakro-Planar T 1771846 Lens
Product LineMakro-Planar T
Manufacturer Part Number1771846
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zeiss.com
Marketing Information

The first photo lens with ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime optics from Hollywood's movie industry, enabling exceptionally selective focusing. Far superior in optical performance, even wide open, from infinity to the close-focus limit at half life size Optical system of phantastic performance and long life full metal precision machanics.

Weight (Approximate)680 g