Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • Floating Elements System
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Auto Clutch Mechanism
  • Focus Hold Button
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

  • 1Description

A staple of portrait photography, the Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens from Sony is able to easily create images with high sharpness and outstanding bokeh, which when combined with the short telephoto perspective ensure a flattering image of your subject. The highlight feature of this full-frame A-mount lens is the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and circular nine-blade diaphragm, which are used for the selective focus effect as well as its ability to work in low-light conditions. Also, this lens uses a floating elements system and a Zeiss T* coating to deliver clean images with minimal flare at all shooting distances. Additionally, it has an Auto Clutch mechanism for intuitive handling as well as a focus hold button and focus mode switch.

Based on the Zeiss Planar optical concept, this lens uses a design with eight elements in seven groups that helps achieve the large maximum aperture of f/1.4 while helping to minimize chromatic aberrations.
A telephoto prime designed for full-frame A-mount cameras, this 85mm can also be used on APS-C camera systems where it will provide a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
The f/1.4 maximum aperture allowing users to create images with shallow depth of field effects and work in low-light conditions with relative ease.
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
An Auto Clutch mechanism prevents the focusing ring from rotating when the lens is set to autofocus, allowing for easier, and more natural feeling control over the lens.
A focus hold button and focus mode switch are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 002724269428
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Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
  • ALC-SH0002 Lens Hood
  • ALC-F72S 72mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R55 Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Specs

    Focal Length 85mm
    Maximum Aperture f/1.4
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Sony A
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 29
    Maximum Magnification 0.13x
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.79' / 85 cm
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 72 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.19 x 2.95" / 81 x 75 mm
    Weight 1.4 lb / 650 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 5.0 x 4.8"

    Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Reviews

    Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 50.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best lens I've ever owned to I use this 85mm on my Alpha 850 and it is this sharpest, clearest and fastest lens I own. It is very heavy but it's very well built and easy to manual focus. I have not had a problem with its auto-focusing but it's not as fast as my 28mm when it comes to focusing speed. I cannot really say anything that has not been said before but if you want the best 85mm for a 850 or 900 this is the one. I was a little jaded about lenses that carry well known names like Zeiss thinking of them as being more marketing than functional but this is the real deal if you can swing the price tag. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because the ratings system won't go as high as 10+ which this lens really is.
    Date published: 2009-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lens for photographing people If you have never used this lens, you are missing out on the best. If you have used this lens, you understand why I moved to the Sony Alpha series cameras. I used earlier versions of this lens on Slr film cameras. It was a treasure. When I moved to digital, i missed this lens for photographing people. In the studio or in low light, this lens produces images that other lens makers try to copy, but fail. It is impressive. A brilliant diamond in the Sony lens collection. Problems Encountered: None. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Rollei, Contax, Hassy, and Nikon portrait lenses
    Date published: 2007-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Best, Most Perfect Lens, Ever! I recently returned to portrait photography -- a passion of mine for the past 20 years. I was excited enough just with my legendary Rokkor 58mm f1.2 until I bought this lens. I was just amazed at the quality of the crisp, sharp images that dance, literally dance on the screen. There's a quality to shots taken with this lens that I haven't seen in my shots ever. It's a bit heavy on my A850 but I've added a hand-grip along with the neck strap to make sure I don't drop the whole deal. The lens is marvelous guys, you'll know what I mean when you use it yourself. Get it if you can swing the price.
    Date published: 2010-05-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Phenomenal portrait glass 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.........
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Fantastic 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for--in this case, magic I use this both for still-life photographs and portraits. It is almost magical. The focus drop off when opened up all the way to f/1.4 is breathtakingly quick. The lens is sharp across the image, even when opened wide. There is the slightest vignetting under very bright conditions at 1.4, but you wouldn't usually be shooting under those conditions anyway. If you have the resources and want to do portraiture or still-life shooting with maximum control, this is the lens for you.
    Date published: 2016-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reality as good as perception.... I bought the lens to take pictures of my grandchildren than over time would be treasured more than just a snapshot. It certainly has done that already, but I have found that other uses outside for such things as flowers or even light duty landscapes make this lens very special. Carl Zeiss lenses are perceived as special and in this case reality is no less than what perception has labeled it.
    Date published: 2008-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream Glass! This is my first professional, full frame lens purchase and I could not be more thrilled to have it! I recently used this lens to photograph a very fast 1 year old for his portrait session and fell in love (needless to say, I was doing a lot of running). Not only did I get the shots I needed but they were sharp, clear and bright. The bokeh is gorgeous and the color output is beautiful. This will be my new workhorse lens for all my outdoor portraits (along with my 50mm 1.4 of course!).
    Date published: 2010-09-13
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    Is this lens weather protected, such as rubber rings etc.?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    While Sony does list some of their cameras offer weather resistance, unfortunately, Sony does not state weather resistance or list weather-sealing as a feature under Specifications for any of their lenses.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is this the lens that has been back ordered for months? I don't think the aSony alpha 7, mark II needs an adapter for this lens, but that is my second question. Please answer both questions. thanks
    Asked by: Robert S.
    This lens is currently in stock, however it is a Sony A mount lens and will need an adapter to be used with a Sony full frame E mount camera.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Can I use this lens for A7s? Thank you.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes but you need an adapter to go from Alpha mount to e mount
    Answered by: Isaac R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Hi B&H,Can I use this lens for Nikon D700 and Sony a6000? Thank you.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    To use this lens on a Sony a6000 you will need an adapter. Sony make 2 versions. The LA-EA3 and LA-EA4. See links to these adapters here. Either of these adapters will maintain electronic communication between the lens and camera. To use this lens on a Nikon D700 us the FotodioX adapter shown here. Although there will not be any electronic communication, the FotodioX adapter has a built in iris control.
    Answered by: Lawrence C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    im looking for a low light picture taking . with the a99 sony ... Reviewed by customers tell me. the 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens by Sony is better at low light than the Sony 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* ZA Lens. can you tell me witch is the best one for low light or is there a better one that the 2 i have picked out
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Both lenses are great for low light. The main factor between the 50mm and the 85mm lenses is the focal length. You should get the 85mm if you are more into portrait photography because 85mm is a better focal length for portraits. The 50mm length would be better if you are doing more general photography such as street photos or group shots. If you happen to have a zoom lens that covers both of these focal lengths, set the zoom to 50mm and leave it there while you take some photos for a day. The next day, set the lens to 85mm and take some photos. You start to get an idea as to which focal length is better suited to your style of photography.
    Answered by: Dan W.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I'm having this one , but AF is not functioning or I don't know how to switch it on, help please :)
    Asked by: Aleksandra G.
    The manual that came with the lens says (p26) the electronic display only shows in manual focus mode and you can easily change from meters to feet by turning focusing ring 360 degree beyond minimum object distance (clockwise). Turning focusing ring counterclockwise (beyond infinity) gives option ON, allowing display to stay on regardless MF or AF; MF only in MF; or OFF display never shows. You change between AF and MF with the camera's menu. On Sony's a72, it is under the camera icon, 3rd page, FOCUS MODE. It has to be on your camera too. Hope this works
    Answered by: Robert S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does face recognition work on this lens with Sony NEX fs700?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the face recognition feature on the camera will work with this lens. Please note that in order to mount this lens on the FS700 you would need an adapter. See the following link for the required adapter:
    Answered by: Yos O.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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