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Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras

You Pay: $1,283.00
Product Highlights
  • For Nikon F-Mount Cameras
  • AI Meter Coupling
  • CPU Coupling for Camera Integration
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Filter Size - 72mm
  • Knurled Focusing Ring
  • Embossed Aperture & Distance Rings
  • Manual Focus
  • Lens Hood Included

The Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount cameras is a short telephoto lens which has a classic portrait focal length and performs exceptionally well at medium to longer distances. With a 6-element lens in 5 groups and the Zeiss T* lens coating, you can expect distortion-free performance, which only improves as the lens is stopped down. The f/1.4 aperture is very useful for shooting in low light, creatively controlling depth of field, and its nearly circular diaphragm helps create a pleasing look in your photo's out-of-focus areas.

This Zeiss ZF.2 lens is designed for use with Nikon F-mount cameras. Thanks to an electronic interface (CPU), ZF.2 lenses support all important camera functions such as the automatic mechanisms for time, aperture setting and program. The lens also supports manual exposure settings. Since the lens transmits EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure to the camera, photographers do not need to set their parameters manually. The quicker and faster handling capabilities of ZF.2 lenses are especially useful under hectic shooting conditions.

Compatibility
Nikon:
F2-A, Nikkormat FT3, FM, FM2 (Manual only)
F2-AS (Manual & Shutter Priority only)
EM (Aperture Priority only)
EL, FE, FE2, FM3A, F3 (Manual only)
F301, F501, FG (Manual & Aperture Priority only)
FA, F4, F5 (all functions supported)
F70, F90, F90X, F100, F401, F601, F801, D1, D1X, D1H, F50, F55, F65, F75, F80, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D3000, D5000 (all functions supported)
F6, D2-Series, D200, D300, D300s, D3, D3s, D3X, D700, D800, D800E, D4 (all functions supported)
FujiFilm
FinePix S1Pro, S2Pro, S3Pro, S5Pro (all functions supported)
Kodak:
Kodak Pro 14n (all functions supported)
The floating elements design ensures a high quality image throughout the entire focusing range.
Precision mechanics and a very large angle of rotation enable the photographer to very precisely focus on the details in the image.
Optical system of fantastic performance and long-life, metal precision mechanics
ZF.2 lenses have F bayonet and mechanical aperture coupling as well as CPU coupling for Nikon, Fujifilm or Kodak SLR cameras.
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.28' (1 m)
Magnification 0.1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:10
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.03 x 3.35" (7.70 x 8.51 cm)
Weight 1.54 lb (700 g)
Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • 2-Year Zeiss Limited Warranty
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    ZeissPlanar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras
     
    4.9

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (20)
    • Nice bokeh (19)
    • Consistent output (16)
    • Durable (16)
    • Easily interchangeable (12)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (18)
    • Weddings (14)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Video (12)
    • Night photography (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (20), Yes (3)

    Reviewed by 26 customers

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    5.0

    awesome lense

    By Jay

    from Redmond, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

      Crisp, clean, and very smooth. I've been using this lens for a couple of weeks and have shot several portrait sessions and some general candids. I'm replacing a Nikkor 85mm F1.4 that I've had for 30 years. Having the electronic connections so the camera can go on all modes, but still be a manual lens is great.

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      5.0

      LOOKS AMAZING AND CRISP- WOW! SO LOVELY

      By CHARLES RATTERAY

      from LOS ANGELES

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

          wonderful wonderful glasshere is an example of what i did with itSECONDSKIN SCREEN

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          • No

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          5.0

          Superb Lens, versatile and elegant

          By Bill D

          from Chicago

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

          Great lens, superb image quality at all f stops, excelent bokeh, easily focused.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Spectacular super sharp and fast lens!

          By EUA Photo

          from Boca Raton, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Tough To Attach

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

          This is the best lens I have in my bag now, great for Portraits!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent Lens

          By Don

          from Union, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

            Great portrait lens, some getting use to if you don't use manual focus.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and agai

            By Micael

            from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

            Is really good to do a portrait and make movies.
            The unic problem of this lens isn't have a autofocus.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            BEST LENS ON THE PLANET

            By LASTIK

            from FORT LAUDERDALE,FL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

              I AM AN INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHER I LOVE THIES LENS,, HAD TO DECIDE BETWEEN NIKON 85 MM F 1.4 AND THIS I GREW UP WITH THESE MANUAL LENSES SO I DECIDED TO GO WITH THIS. SHARPNESS AND COLOR BALANCE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD.WILL RECOMMEND TO EVERY ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHER BECAUSE IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEM FOCUSING MANUALLY OTHERWISE GO FOR IT.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              An amazing lens

              By Photo Student

              from Salt Lake City, UT

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Manual focus only
              • Tough To Attach

              Best Uses

              • Fashion
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Portraiture
              • Street
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

              This is a great portrait lens as well as a nice street photography lens. It's relatively small and doesn't take up much space in my camera bag, though it's typically mounted to my camera as it's my go to lens. Very sharp and extremely fast lens.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon

              By Blu

              from West Palm Beach

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                This lens gets 5 stars because that's all stars available.

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                • No

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                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice lens

                By Shaltz

                from Mexico City

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                  It´s a very luminous lens, I think it works different than the Nikon lenses, It´s taking me some time to get used to i.

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                  5.0

                  Superb Lens!!

                  By The Feature Factory

                  from Mountain View, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                  I use this lens on my HPX500 for ultra, macro close up work, unbelievable color, edge to edge focus. Also use this on my Nikon 5100 dslr, this lens has a chip in it that allows for functional, manual use on the 5100. Again, excellent performance, even when using the film mode at 1920x1080

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Lens!

                  By Jim The Bebopper

                  from Pleasanton, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                    The classic version of the Zeiss lens has the most accurate color you have ever seen. It also has great contrast and the bokeh is second to none! It's only a manual focus which takes getting used to but, supberb results.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    solid lens with nice bokeh

                    By Derakhshandeh, M.

                    from Vancouver, BC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                          I was searching for a good portrait lens, I knew that zeiss makes solid lens with superb glass quality. I went for it and I am happy with my purchase. under low light conditions it produces clear images with minimum color distortion. it is a fun lens to have if you wanna do portrait photography and night photography.

                          pros:
                          - superb build quality
                          - excellent glass quality with a nice coating
                          - its hood has velvety texture inside than can reduce the dust on the lens by absorbing it.

                          cons:
                          - maybe slightly heavy.
                          - no automatic focus (I am a big fan of AF but using this lens make me think I am wrong, the focusing ring is super smooth and accurate for focusing)

                          recommendation: if you can afford buying a focusing screen that will be a nice addition to this lens.

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                          5.0

                          A super sharp lens

                          By Graham DP

                          from Charlotte

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                            This lens is super sharp and super shallow ! The 85 also has a decent amount of focus travel - so it makes it a little easier to pull focus for HD video.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By JJC

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                            LOVE this lens. The focusing is so smooth I only want to use Zeiss lenses from now on. Even though it's a slight bit heavy, it's incredibly durable and works great in freezing cold conditions (photographing Ice related events and activities). Even better for video!! Talking head shots look beautiful, whether documentary or artistic. Just love the overall ease and feel of the lens, it's worth the money if you intend to keep this lens for a lifetime.

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                            • Yes

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                            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            my 1st zeiss lense purchased

                            By jAp

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharpness
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Well built quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                              total love this lense and I have shot with both Af-s Nikkor 85mm f1.4d and f1.4g. the bokeh is incredible and I can't wait to use it for filming in particular. the sharpness is amazing and dialing it up f4 for maximum sharpness just gets better and better. tho it may be a little more heavier than the nikkor's 85 series but results are far superior in construction. focusing is very easy and i have always thought autofocusing makes you a lazy photographer. this lense definitely stands alone in 85mm series across the board.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Lens!

                              By Gabriel Mellin

                              from Rio de Janeiro

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Glass quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video

                                Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                                Using the right adaptor it's works perfect in all my cameras: Canon 5D / 60D and T2i.

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                                • No

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                                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Carl Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 ZF.2

                                By Vijay

                                from Hyderabad, India

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Heavy
                                • Purple fringing

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Night Photography
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                                This was my first MF lens that i had yearned to get for quite some time and needless to say, i'm very happy that i have decided to buy it. The bokeh is truly legendary. This is a pretty fast lens and it is just a matter of time to get used to the manual focus. The focus throw is excellent. Focusing is not difficult wide open, but it only takes time to get used to very shallow depth of field. Stopped down to F/2, the sharpness is unmatched and the color rendition is something that you crave for. I was little apprehensive about the focus ring and throw before i got this lens to hand but trust me, the focusing is very smooth and damped. This lens stays on my cam for almost 80-90% of the time and i have got so used to manual focusing that i've started MF on my AF lens too! :) One CON that i have noticed in this lens [and probably in many other lens for that matter of fact] is that there is purple fringing at high contrast areas when you use the lens wide open. That too only in heavy crops. You can find some sample images with this lens below [please check Carl Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 set[@]

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                                5.0

                                Zeiss continues to impress...

                                By Fuzz

                                from Nashville,TN

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                                This lens is incredibly fast. I also own the 50mm 1.4 and somehow the 85 seems to let in more light. Colors are saturated yet accurate. No distortion. Razor sharp, especially from 2.8-5.6. Legendary Zeiss bokeh, as always. A bit difficult to focus wide open, as DOF becomes super shallow, but worth throwing some shots away once you nail it.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                My best lens by far!

                                By Dave

                                from Raleigh, NC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction
                                • Very precise

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                                  I have shot my best images with this lens. I love the length, size, weight and precision. This is a fast lens. I use it with the Nikon D3 and F3. This lens is great for night street and bar photography. I rarely shoot action and love manual focus. No lens is made better than these Zeiss lenses.

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