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Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

Review Date: Jun 24, 2020 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Color rendition, sharpness, fantastic tones to convert to B&W
long focus throw

I've always wanted to try out a Zeiss lens so I read all the reviews here and elsewhere about this lens. I found the reviews to be accurate, so I'm not sure I can add much more to what has already been mentioned other than had I bought this lens as a beginner photographer, I think this lens would have spanked me.

In my opinion you must be very comfortable with a manual focus lens and understand what this lens is made for and what it's not made for in taking images. Personally, I don't see it as a walk around lens but I know some do.

I've not tried it yet as a landscape lens, but I would imagine it will be an excellent landscape lens. It's a fantastic portrait lens and a good macro lens. I can see why some suggest other macro lenses might be a better choice but again you can get very good macro results if you work it.

All that said, the colors you can achieve are excellent. Yes, you can hand hold this lens and get good results but I can see why some suggest it's best used with a tripod or monopod because of the balance and weight.

Overall, if you can afford this lens you won't be disappointed. It's the best lens I now own. I had intended to rent it but I found a good price on one and scooped it up. As long as I don't change systems, I see no reason why I wouldn't keep this lens until I can no longer use a camera.

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

Review Date: Dec 15, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $625.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: light weight wide range
not as sharp as my Nikon primes, but it's pretty close for my uses.

I bought this lens for a trip to the UK and Ireland. It was light enough and had a wide enough range that I rarely put on another lens. I have blown up many of the images to 12x16 or 11x14 and they hold up quite well. I compared it to my Nikon 28mm 2.8 and yes the prime is sharper, but not by much. I have also used this lens at a recent NFL game from my seat. It's not built for that usage, but it held up well. Because it's so much lighter and smaller than my Nikon 80-400, from my seat, I'll use it for that now and again. However, as a travel lens, between this and my Nikon 16-35, it's all I really need. I've been impressed with the results.