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Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

50macro
Review Date: Feb 18, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The usefulness of 50mm with the ability for macro when needed. Edge-to-edge sharpness wide open.
Cons:
While the typical Zeiss focusing ring dampening is present, the 5m to infinity portion of the focus ring turn feels the slightest bit "loose" and makes distant focusing difficult.

With all the benefits and similarities of the Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar f/2, the shorter focal length gives broader field of view with all the benefits of 1:2 magnification.

Fringing is present wide open in high-contrast lighting scenarios, but this lens particularly shines in low-contrast lighting portraiture.

Bokeh and rendering style, as many people rank with Zeiss lens, is exceptional and possesses the smoothest in-to-out of depth-of-field transitions seen.


 
Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

100mm
Review Date: Feb 18, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Wide-open to closed-down edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity. Bring outs detail and contrast even in low-contrast lit scenes. Vibrant color and rendering style.
Cons:
Expected aberrations and fringing wide-open, which are only apparent in high contrast edges.

While shopping for a multi-purpose 100mm lens, the Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS was a strong contender. However, after trying the Zeiss 100 MP f/2.0 the winning choice was obvious.

Though macro focusing is limited to 1:2 size on the Zeiss, in comparison to Canon's 1:1, the ease of adding an extension tubes on an optically superior lens when closer that 1:2 macro is a simple solution.

This lens is exceptional for studio still life and portraiture, as well as out-in-the-field use.

For users accustomed to auto-focus, the all manual focus of the Zeiss may be the only hurdle to overcome, but once experienced with the well damped focusing ring, the accuracy of manual focus over auto-focus guesswork is a true reward.