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Carl Zeiss 28mm F2 ZK Distagon T*
Latest Review Posted Carl Zeiss 100mm F2 ZK Makro-Planar T*
First off, if you need a macro lens that will do 1:1, then you need to look elsewhere, because Zeiss "only" does 1:2. I wish they had called these lenses "close-focus" rather than macro to eliminate that criticism. That being said, if you are like me and don't care about 1:1, then you should seriously consider treating yourself to one of the finest-to-use lenses on the planet. The only other lens that I would personally put in the same category as this Zeiss is the Voigtlander 125. Yes, it is heavy, as anything made of this much metal and glass would be. You could use this thing as a weapon and I'm pretty sure it would remain unscathed. I'd hate to see the guy you used it on, though. Even the fairly generous hood is metal and has a reassuring metallic click when you attach it. It is also usable on the 50/2 on an APS-C body. The plastic pinch-cap, however, is an abomination and has no business being on a lens of this price. All ZK's under expose slightly on Pentax so you will need to dial in some compensation. Or, if you're using a K5, you may choose not to, as you may prefer to pull the details out later in post. The only word to describe the focus feel of this lens is sublime. Simply the finest I have ever felt. Perfectly damped, smooth, and long-throw for ease of accuracy. Yes, the ring is all metal, so if you're using it in the cold you'll need a glove. Or perhaps a wide rubber-band. The IQ of this lens is, as expected, beyond reproach....

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