ZEISS Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

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  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
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A classic portrait-length prime, the Canon EF-mount Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS is a short telephoto lens, ideal for producing shallow depth of field effects and isolating focus on subject matter. Beyond offering increased control over depth of field, the bright f/1.4 maximum aperture also excels in difficult lighting conditions and suits handheld shooting in low-light situations. The Planar-type optical concept is a tried-and-true design that yields consistently high sharpness throughout the focusing range with even illumination throughout the aperture range. Also, a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy.

Prime portrait-length lens is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 136mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for achieving selective focus effects and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 3.3'.
All-metal lens barrel and mount offers high durability and rigidity.
A nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when working with selective focus techniques.
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ZEISS Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
  • 72mm Front Lens Cap for Select ZE & ZF.2 Lenses exzwcusfxcrdsu
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Dedicated Lens Hood (Lens Shade) for 85mm f/1.4 Z Series SLR Lens
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    • 1Description
    Focal Length 85mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.28' / 1 m
    Magnification 0.1x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:10
    Optical Design 6 Elements in 5 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Image Stabilization None
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.07 x 2.56" / 78 x 65 mm
    Weight 1.47 lb / 670 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.96 lb
    Telephoto 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Manual Focus Lens for Canon EOS is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth every dollar I mostly use this lens for video purposes but the photos produce very beautiful bokeh and I am overall very happy with this lens. The metal construction of the lens is very solid and the glass produces very crisp images. It's paired up with my Canon 5d mkII most of the time and with a huge focus ring really makes it great for video purposes. Only downside is focusing is tricky at times with fast moving objects although it does have focus confirmation. I would have to say this is a perfect lens for soembody who started shooting 35mm slr and now are looking for that same manual focus feel (also if you can't afford the 85mm L lens).
    Date published: 2009-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Typical excellent Zeiss quality This is my fifth Zeiss ZE lens. My set includes the 18, 25, 35, 50 and now the 85. All are used via a Metabones adapter on a Sony FS100, and sometimes on my NEX-7 and 5DII. I prefer Zeiss lenses over their Canon L equivalents because they are solid, sharp all the way, and have solid, firm focus rings. They don't flop loosely like those on some auto focus lenses. The only thing I can say about Zeiss lenses is...if you ever pick one up and use it, you will be hooked. As far as the 85 is concerned, I haven't had a chance to use it all that much yet in productions, but it is as sharp as any other Zeiss, and its bokeh is amazingly good. A CU pops so well it's almost 3D.
    Date published: 2013-10-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lens For Tripod/Fast Shots I use a 1DX and wanted this for a portrait lens. I think 85mm is great for what I wanted and since I have bought and sold the Canon 1.2 twice so far, and since I love Zeiss, I wanted to try this one. I love the images. In my opinion, it is not a great lens to hand hold at SS slower than 1/100. Tripod, no problem, faster shutter speeds, great. The lack of autofocus and IS will be a problem for many and should not be overlooked. FYI, I mount the camera on top of my left shoulder and use lots of other manual focus lenses without a problem. It might be better if I used a 5DM3 perhaps to lighten the overall weight, but this is a heavy lens due to its incredible build quality.
    Date published: 2013-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Contrast, Tack Sharp! I purchased this lens for my new Canon 5D Mark II camera, primarily for video and occasional stills shooting. I am amazed at the way images pop with this lens. The separation from the background is AMAZING, with its high-quality optics producing phenomenal bokeh (soft focus background blur). Fast (f/1.4) and contrasty in low-light, and tack sharp edge-to-edge throughout its aperture range. The mechanical build quality of this lens is also superb -- using all metal construction. The focus ring is long throw and smooth as butter! I highly recommend this lens. One of the best I've ever owned!
    Date published: 2011-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The new standard in EF quality Prior to purchasing the Zeiss 85/1.4 ZE, I had very high hopes for it, and I am pleased to report, after having the lens for a few weeks now, it does not disappoint. Upon removing the lens from its box, the first thing I noticed was its absolutely superior build quality. I have owned and used some of the finest cameras ever made, and the Zeiss 85/1.4 ZE is arguably the finest-made lens I have ever owned. The lens is heavy due to its all metal construction, but it is nowhere near too heavy. The mass is just right for aiding in stability while shooting. The glass and coatings are pristine, and the focus ring is ultimately precise, offering just the right amount of feedback to complement the long-throw focus; it is very easy to achieve a precise focus with this lens, provided you have a precision focusing screen installed in your DSLR (it is *highly* recommended). Image quality is superior, with sharpness, edge-to-edge sharpness, bokeh, and anti-flare qualities being top-notch, and in my opinion, unsurpassed. I have yet to see any evidence of fringing or distortion at all. This lens really does live up to Zeiss' claims about its quality. Even the lens shade is of utmost quality. The fine-engineering is evident when you click the shade onto the lens for the first time and hear the sharp tik as it takes hold. The shade can also be installed in reverse onto the lens to facilitate compact travel. My only negative comment about buying the lens is that I wish it would have come with a Zeiss soft case.
    Date published: 2008-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Portrait Lens! I used this product recently on a trip for business to LA on a 7D body.. i own the 18,35, and 50mm in this Zeiss series , i mainly bough them for shooting HDSLR video but began using them more and more for still photography. The manual focus allows you to really concentrate on composer of your shots, it slows you down so its not just snap snap snap, It is definitely difficult to get super sharp images at 1.4 so makes sure you have a tripod. I find with the zeiss usually 1 stop up from the lens lowest aperture gains you the sharpest image even in the edges... this lens is just amazing.. zeiss contrast beautiful bokeh.
    Date published: 2012-04-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, for the right style I'm a working pro. I've owned and used this lens for about 2 years now, so I feel my opinion is in pretty good authority to speak about it. This is the only review I have ever left so I hope it sincerely helps somebody make an informed purchase.It comes down to auto focus. In my portrait and fashion work, 1) the model is not moving in distance from me 2) I'm shooting at a huge aperture of f11. Therefore, auto focus is not a big deal because I get the focus once then I'm good for the rest of the shoot basically. This lens is great for that. In fact, there is no lens better. But I've tried to use this in many other circumstances such as event/documentary/PR. Auto focus lets you snag the shot the second you see something unfold, nearly guaranteeing focus and only being a split second behind the moment. This lens requires a good few seconds of manually focusing until it's dead on. If you try and eyeball it through the viewfinder you will probably miss focus even if just by a bit. It does have focus confirmation, but that only works if you have a lot of direct light. If you're in a semi dark room, it will take forever to nail focus.I've had a love/hate relationship with this lens for 2 years now, and after all this time I've finally decided to sell it for a lens with auto focus. I did not think it would be a big deal auto focusing... but I promise it can really bite you in the behind.ALSO - I've never read anywhere and wish I had when I first purchased. Resale value is absolute trash. Look on@, @, used sites... nobody is selling these. You will get trash for what you paid for.Bottom line: In circumstances where auto focus is COMPLETLY irrelevant, this lens cannot be beat. But, where auto focus would be even slightly helpful, this lens can ruin you.Hope this helps somebody!
    Date published: 2013-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens This is my favorite 85mm lens. I have the Canon 85mm f/1.2L, which is a great lens, and probably more accurate in color rendition. However, the Canon lens is a beast (it's heavy and big), the auto-focus is slow, and even the manual focus is not great (since the ring doesn't move the optical elements directly). I think the Canon 85mm f/1.2L is better if you shoot in studio or with a tripod. However, I take most of my pictures hand-held, and manual focus works better in dark environments or to take quick shots. Also, this lens is less in your face than the Canon. Compared to the 85mm f/1.8 USM, this is obviously much more expensive and only has manual focusing. But the f/1.8 isn't as sharp or has as good a bokeh (or color pop) as this lens. Other great things: built like a tank, feels great in your hand, controls are super-accurate, the lens hood is well built (metal too!). Small downside: the lens hood interferes with some filters (I can't put it on/off if the filter ring is too big).
    Date published: 2012-06-21
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