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A few years ago when Zeiss started to expand the ZF line offering, I started to use the Zeiss 2/100mm MakroPlanar, which, imho is a great lens. "Better" than many of my Nikkor lenses. Despite this very positive experience, I never expanded my Zeiss lens set over the years. Don't ask me why, most likely I was happy with the existing lenses in my bag.
After getting the Df, I started looking deeper into Zeiss lenses again and viewing the images available on the web, the "urge" popped up again
This thread is open to anybody willing to share his Zeiss images and experiences with the ZF and ZF.2 lenses. Good, bad and surprises likewise.
To start off, I am sharing here 2 images which surprised me yesterday night. I took an image wide open (f2) with two lenses 2/100mm MP and the 2/135mm APO Sonnar. The 100mm was and is a great lens, but night photography wide open doesn't seem to be its area of strength. The 100mm produced quite a lot of CA which is more less absent in the APO image. The APO looks like to be the winner here. All images unprocessed, only converted from RAW to JPEG with CNX2.
D800E, Zeiss 2/100mm MakroPlanar, f2, ISO 100, Full D800E resolution
D800E, Zeiss 2/135mm APO Sonnar, f2, ISO 100, Full D800E resolution
Stopping down the 100mm lens removes the CA seen at wide open aperture
D800E, 2/100mm, f8, ISO 100, Full D800E resolution
Given the D800E's high resolution sensor, the two lenses are resolving quite well at open aperture, imho.
Edited on Dec 31, 2013 at 03:33 PM · View previous versions