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This might be the “poster child” lens for near-ideal MTF. The only candidate that might exceed this performance would be the Leica 100/2.8 APO-Macro-Elmarit-R (see comparison). But the Leica 100/2.8 has field curvature at infinity focus, which requires attention for landscape shooting. Also, the Zeiss 100/2 Makro-Planar is a full stop faster (f/2 vs f/2.8). Building an f/2 lens is considerably more challenging than an f/2.8 lens. So top honors fairly remain with the Zeiss Makro-Planar. At any rate, the distinctions are small, and Leica no longer offers the 100/2.8 APO.
The MTF chart is so even across the frame, yet not harsh in its contrast; it is my suspicion that the design was optimized for very high resolving power with high contrast (but not ultra-high contrast). That, in combination with bokeh, give it a look all its own combining MTF (contrast) along with a blur gradient that is the most beautiful and with the highest integrity you’re likely to encounter.
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