Zeiss ZF.2 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar for Nikon

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The Zeiss 100 Macro Planar has for many years been considered the sharpest prime lens made, and is now available in Nikon mount. Ridiculously expensive, and worth it, the 100 is frequently used as a long landscape and portrait lens, as well as a Macro lens. In case you aren’t aware, this a a manual focus only lens, but D200 and higher bodies will adjust exposure and white balance automatically if you wish.

The ZF.2 designation adds a microchip to the lens that automatically lets the camera know time, aperture setting, and manual exposure settings, including those for cameras that are not AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. Optically the ZF.2 lenses are identical to the original ZF lenses, so if these functions aren’t important to you you save some money by getting the original ZF mount.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

This one is worth the money. Absolutely. It doesn’t have VR. It is more difficult to manual focus the Zeiss than autofocus the "105 VR’:/rent/nikon/lenses/macro/nikon-105mm-f2.8g-ed-af-s-vr-micro. And the 105 VR is a very, very good lens. So why bother? Because the ZF 100 is two steps beyond spectacular. I’ll be honest, I’m not the best person to manually focus in the world, and I blow it with this lens sometimes. But when I hit it right the results are just spectacular, not only as a Macro but as a long portrait / short telephoto lens.

Filter Size
67mm (nonrotating front element)
1.5 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
1.5 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
25 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
Focusing System
Internal focusing, nonrotating, manual, floating element
Aperture Blades
9 curved, circular shape
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Nikon F
Macro, Video

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Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $6.00 $57.00 $63.00 $21.00
4 days $6.00 $62.00 $68.00 $17.00
7 days $8.00 $82.00 $90.00 $12.86
10 days $11.00 $111.00 $122.00 $12.20
14 days $14.00 $144.00 $158.00 $11.29
21 days $19.00 $193.00 $212.00 $10.10
30 days $24.00 $242.00 $266.00 $8.87
45 days $31.00 $316.00 $347.00 $7.71
60 days $36.00 $369.00 $405.00 $6.75
90 days $46.00 $476.00 $522.00 $5.80
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $57.00 $19.00
4 days $62.00 $15.50
7 days $82.00 $11.71
10 days $111.00 $11.10
14 days $144.00 $10.29
21 days $193.00 $9.19
30 days $242.00 $8.07
45 days $316.00 $7.02
60 days $369.00 $6.15
90 days $476.00 $5.29

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