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Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

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Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
Key Features
  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • Floating Elements System
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
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.
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Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

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

Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony A
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View29°
Minimum Focus Distance2.79' / 85 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design8 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.19 x 2.95" / 81 x 75 mm
Weight1.43 lb / 650 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.575 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.95 x 5.1 x 4.7"

Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Reviews

Sharpness

By Jdebro
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-26

I purchase this Used from a Photo shop here in Atlanta, Georgia

BEST 85 FOR SONY

By dmitri v.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-18

People, please stop reviewing this lens on how it works with an adapter on a different system (A7r2). On my A99II this lens is nothing short of magic. Amazingly fast focus, awesome bokeh and images that I can only top with the Zeiss 135. Just buy it!

You get what you pay for--in this case, magic

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-04

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.

i have this lens

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-11

the best lense

AMAZING SHARPNESS!

By Bobbyfingers
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-03-22

This lens is amazing. Extremely sharp and no ghosting the bokeh makes images pop causing sort of a 3D effect. After buying this lens I can't seem to take it off my camera (sony a99) in fact,I plan to buy all the prime Carl Zeiss lenses available. I wish they had a longer line of Carl Zeiss lenses available for the alpha full frame models.

Trouble with a7R+LAEA4

By Jay
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2015-03-09

Optically I think this lens is good. However, I really don't like it when it comes to ergonomics. The focus ring will turn when focusing (it is not suppose to but this happens sometimes). The focusing motor is so noisy and vibrates. I feel like I am using a lens from the 90s. For me, the worse is that the AF is not really usable for me when I use it with a7R and LAEA4. The center focus point works fine after af micro adjustment. However, the outer points never works. SPecifically, I tested the two points on the right and on the left. They required different af micro adjustment value with the center point! In the end I sold this and got the Signma 85 1.4. Most of the headaches gone away.

no words

By Brocker/Barrera
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-10

one of the best optics

yes will buy again

By Minor
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-15

I LIKE THE LEN I just don't love it , may be in 6 Months , the summer will be here .

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Hoping to use this for video, any thoughts on use for rack focus, follow focus?
Asked by: Charles
The Sony Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA Lens can be used for video for both rack focus and follow focus.. Keep in mind this is the Sony A mount lens (DSLR cameras) and not the mirrorless cameras such as the A7 series.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-11-24

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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

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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: 2021-06-17

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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

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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

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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:http://bhpho.to/1bKe4G1
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I have a Sony a7iii. Does this lens work with my ...

I have a Sony a7iii. Does this lens work with my camera?
Asked by: Sam
Natively no, you would need a lens adapter to use this lens on your camera. The following lens is made for your camera; https://bhpho.to/3biHgGa
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-09-02

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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
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