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Sony85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens
 
4.9

(based on 44 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (35)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (32)
  • Consistent output (30)
  • Durable (28)
  • Rugged (23)

Cons

  • Heavy (18)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Low light (28)
  • Weddings (19)
  • Night photography (18)
  • Portraits (16)
  • Sports/action (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (8), Enthusiast (6), Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-professional (4)
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4.0

Great Glass w/Trabant Motor

By Robert

from Greensburg, PA

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Portraits

Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

S teller glass, but the focusing motor sounds like a Soviet era washing machine! Good grief! I am afraid to use it during a wedding service. Slow to focus.

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4.0

Phenomenal portrait glass

By Alex Tardif

from San Fran, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Loud AF
  • No weather sealing
  • Poor Ca Control

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Poor Ca Control
  • Portrait
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

This baby sings on A99 and A77. Aside from CZ 135 I'd say this is the best portrait glass for the Sony system. The bokeh, signature CZ 3D look, sharpness - all confirmed, you will absolutely love this glass! If only it had better CA control at low apertures, weather sealing, and more modern AF, I'd give it 5 stars for better value. Interestingly enough, my new Sigma 105 Macro has very similar characteristics at half the price. In fact, it's a tad sharper than CZ, though, of course, much slower.........

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5.0

Great for Interviews

By Ron

from Honolulu, HI

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

    Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

    It may seem odd that I use this lens with an NEX7 and LA-EA2 Adapter, but I'm telling you... this is a great rig for shooting stand-up interviews. (I have an external audio recorder)
    For stills, its definitely my favorite portrait lens on my NEX or Alpha 77.
    It's flawless and beautiful... these other reviewers are not really exaggerating.

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    5.0

    By far my favorite lens

    By behindthecamera

    from Reston, VA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

      For headshots and portraits, you can't get a better lens. The transition from tack sharp eyes to gentle blur of subject's hair is stunning. Bokeh is sublime. Take the lens outside and your subjects will pop against shallow depth of field against the landscape. Heavy lens but worth carrying everytime I want a stunning portrait. Low light, no problem!

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      5.0

      Love this lens!

      By Sublyme

      from Fredericksburg, VA (Wash DC)

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

        I had been lusting over this lens for quite a while. Currently, I have the Zeiss 24-70 and love it. It's on my camera 80% of the time. But, I needed a great portrait lens for full frame and really wanted those extra stops of light.

        I've only had the lens for a couple weeks now, but the images are simply magical. There's a presence and a depth there that is unlike any other lens from any other maker.

        Build quality is fantastic and the lens just looks gorgeous on any camera body. Currently, I'm using this on a Sony a850 and a99. On the 850, it takes a little bit to focus (it nails it ever time, but it's a tad slow due to the screw drive). On the a99, it's definitely quicker, but not as much as the 24-70. Considering I use it mostly for portraiture, this isn't a problem. I hope to also try it for a walk-around lens too, but haven't had the chance to try yet.

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        5.0

        It is NOT heavy

        By Liu

        from Fairfax, VA

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

          Before I buy this lens, I reviewed other people's comments, a few complained about the weight on this lens, I checked it with my new Nikon 85mm f1.4, comparable, so I bought it without hesitation, after hold it in hand with Nex 7 and A mount lens adpter, pefect balance, I love it, weight is not an issue.

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          4.0

          In love!

          By MauroTorres

          from Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

          I use for wedding and engagement session.

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          5.0

          Super Fantastic Lens

          By Dan

          from Vidalia, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

            First off - you get what you pay for. If you are a professional then you should demand it of yourself to have professional grade equipment. This lens lives up to the Carl Zeiss name. Well crafted sturdy lens - a great collection of glass. I thought it was going to be my portrait lens and some products. I thought I would have to move back a good ways from the subject - however for a telephoto lens I'm setting up the tripod only six feet back - shooting a four foot long product for a client - what a nice surprise - I was hoping to avoid the wide angle lens. Anyway, I hope Sony and Zeiss continue to build on this product line for the Sony a900. The detail is amazing, this lens works for me like no other I own.

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            5.0

            A vertual Hope Diamond

            By Paolo the Innocent

            from Nevada City, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

            Recently, I converted from film to digital photography. My Rollie SLR mid-format camera is on the shelf.I am now using the entry-level Sony Alpha 100 DSLR with Carl Zeiss lenses.As I progress I can take my Zeiss lenes to professional level Alpha cameras, since they are interchangeable.
            The Sony SAL-85f14Z is a prime lens, a low mid-range telephoto lens that meets my needs for low-light shooting situations, including portrait work.
            Using the 85F14Z augments my Sony Carl Zeiss zoom lens.Zoom lenes now play a major, if not dominant, roll in today's photography. However, it is important to have a mid-range prime lens in order to cover a certain realm of "traditional" and digital-age photographic options.
            The Carl Zeiss optics will take your breath away the first time you look through the viewfinder! The F/1.4 maximum aperture will embolden all who take it in hand, a powerful tool for any adventurous photographer, especially for those who usually shoot in low-light environments, such as myself.
            Granted, with a fixed lens you have to move around to get the shot you like. You can not stand around flat-footed, when using a zoom lens. And that is good! Movement will stimulate your creative impulses. To this entry-level digital photographer, my Carl Zeiss 85F14Z might as well be the Hope Diamond!

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            5.0

            Just Amazing!

            By Uncle Lebe

            from Fairfax Station, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Great bokeh
            • Pro construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Grandchildren
              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

              I own several quality zooms and frequently shoot portraiture, but bought this lens to take photos of my first grandchild. Its sharpness, contrast and low light capabilities are just amazing. It has re-energized my photography. Yes, it's heavy, especially with an a850 and vertical grip, but it's worth every ounce. If you can afford it, you will not be sorry!

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              5.0

              Excellent Lens!

              By MegaZ

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                Carl Zeiss glass is superb and this 85mm is no exception! Bokeh is very creamy.

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                5.0

                Hardly any problem, superb performance.

                By Grafixer

                from Cleveland, OH

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                Superb quality, beats most other high-end brand in its category. The only issue I found with the lens, that since this is a pro level equipment, perhaps the filter thread should be 77 mm as opposed to the current 72 mm. It would allow the photographer to carry only one set of filters for all the Zeiss lenses. But than again, if you have the money to pay top dollars for a gear like this (and it is worth it!) you can afford to invest couple of hundred more for a set of 72 mm filters.

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                5.0

                Outstanding portrait lense

                By D

                from Near Washington, DC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Portraiture
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                This is an outstanding lens. From consistent performance even at the extremes of its aperture range to solid construction and durable feel, this lens is at the top of Sony/Zeiss' game. It's especially powerful in low-light situations and portraiture, where the combination it manages laser sharp crispness where you want it and beautiful, creamy bokeh where you don't.

                It's an expensive lens, and there's arguably a little bit of name inflation rolled into that premium. But the quaity of the lens and results speaks for itself, and at this quality point it's competitive.

                If I had to list something negative about it lens, the best I could would be to grouse about its weight. It's notable heavy in the hands, and after a while of shooting fatigue it can weigh on your wrists. But that same weight feels good, instills confidence, and is an unavoidable result of the lens's quality until they change the laws of physics or we see some major advances in materials sciences.

                In short, it's an incredible lens. If the price point does not dissuade you, you will not be disappointed.

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                5.0

                Best lens ever

                By DS

                from Berkeley, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                I use this lens to take pictures of my girl friend. As the 85mm is usually suitable for portraits, this lens is also perfect for portraits. It has nice bokeh and also nice background.

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                5.0

                Wonderful portrait lens!!!

                By Spanky

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Portraits
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                  This is an outstanding portrait lens on both my a900 and a700!!! Very sharp even when shooting wide open and consistent from center to extreme corners. Colors are wonderful and the bokeh is very pleasant and creamy! Focusing is a bit loud without SSM but hardly an issue.
                  There's a bit of bokeh fringing shooting wide apertures but is expected with these types of fast primes. This is an amazing lens... it's a ZEISS!!!

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                  5.0

                  An Outstanding Lens

                  By ronjay

                  from Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                  This is a truly outstanding lens in every way: color detail and resolution. Excellent for small areas of landscape.

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                  5.0

                  You get what you pay for

                  By Flying Fossil

                  from Irvine, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Street photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                    Heavy, expensive, and also the best.
                    Fantastic in low light situations like indoor Volleyball, church events, Weddings and I stop it down to f/5 - f/11 and have superb outdoor shots that are crystal clear.

                    No real negatives on this beauty. A tad heavy but certainly a useable lens.

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                    5.0

                    very happy with this lens

                    By too many shots to take, too little time,

                    from springfield, oz

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                      this is a super lens, sharp from f1.4 on, with lovely soft out of focus rendition too -

                      common for this class of lens, there are some bokeh ca's to be seen on out of focus highlights wide open but for me, with the likely content from this lens, these are a plus -

                      it is small and light (even making the 900 light in a crowd) and best of all it's a zeiss - so if you need a 1.4 for those dark places or for narrow focus, this is the lens -

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                      5.0

                      Thanks Carl

                      By germancars

                      from lansing MI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                      Very solid construction, superior IQ, high contrast images, and soft background defocus from f1.4-f5.6
                      This lens truly adds a new dimension to my work, it is replacing a Tokina 100mm f2.8 as my primary head and shoulders portrait lens. I have a feeling this will stay on my A850. A professional tool.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent glass

                      By benwood

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens:

                      Focuses quickly. Somewhat heavy, but basically easy to manage. I used this recently for indoor shots of performing artists (on my Sony a700) and created the best shots I've had under stage lighting. Very sharp, beautiful bokeh. I've had this lens about two months. Semi-pro in experience. Probably the best lens I'll ever own.

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