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Zeiss ZF Macro

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by davewolfs, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. davewolfs


    May 23, 2006
    Not sure if any of you have either the 50mm or 100mm version of this lens but the pictures are impressive. I own a 35mm and have nothing bad to say about it.

    Check out the following gallery:

  2. At $1800+ the 100/f2 Makro is not cheap, but after seeing that gallery I have to admit that I might just put it on my list after a higher-res body makes it into my bag... Those colors are quite something else.
  3. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006
    Superb gallery. but i think the gallery is dedicated to the 50/2 makro planar.
    i would like to see some pics from the 100 f/2 makro though.

  4. davewolfs


    May 23, 2006
    The lens used in that gallery is $900. The 100mm is $1500.
  5. donlaw


    Jul 11, 2007
    I was a Contax SLR user for years and love that Zeiss glass. I sold all that gear but I used to have the 100 makro planar in the C/Y mount and it was fine. I still have a 50mm Zeiss ZM for the Leica M7. And I hope to pick up one of the ZF lenses to use on the D200. I really enjoyed the gallery! Nice.
  6. Thanx for the link.

    Im probebly gonna get me the 50/2 next week.
  7. ckdamascus


    May 14, 2005
    New Jersey
    Curse you! :)  Now I got another lens to consider. One thing I found very interesting is that the Makro-Planars do not exhibit CA as much as the Planars or Distagons from what I read at photozone.

    I really wanted to buy the 85/1.4, but I wonder if it will be too much of a speciality due to the spherical haze wide open.

    I also wonder if it will be bad for concerts since the overdampened focus ring (it is more dampened than the 50/1.4 planar?distagon?) from what I heard.
  8. I'm not sure how much difference the "look" of the images from these 2 Zeiss lenses are like compared to the Nikkor 105VR or the 60mm Micro, which costs a fraction of the Zeiss.

    On the other hand, I have an old fav which I thot was finely captured and it was from an old CP4500 ... :) 

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  9. davewolfs


    May 23, 2006
    1) The MTF charts are both much higher.
    2) I am sure the color rendition is completely different, but look is all in the eye of the beholder.
    3) These lenses are 1 stop faster and are sharp wide open.
  10. Leif


    Feb 12, 2006
    If you've ever tried to focus on a small critter on an overcast day, or at either end of the day, then you will know how important a fast aperture for viewing can be.
  11. nykonian


    May 4, 2007
    New York
    All Zeiss look good. Only wish they are AF :) 
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