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

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

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

B&H # ZE8514ZF2N MFR # 1767-826
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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F
$1,283.00
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ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 overview

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A classic portrait-length prime, the Nikon F-mount Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 127.5mm 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 85mm f/1.4 specs

Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
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
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Image Stabilization None
Autofocus No
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.03 x 2.44" / 77 x 62 mm
Weight 1.25 lb / 570 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 4.5 x 4.2"

ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 reviews

Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from solid lens with nice bokeh 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.
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile portrait and landscape lens While many purchase this lens for it's wonderful rendering and bokeh for portraits it is also a very nice lens for landscape when stopped down. I did an entire Engagement shoot with the lens, something it is very suited for, without any lens changes at all. In landscapes it produces very sharp neutral images. Night shots have the contrast, color and sharpness with them. Most recently one of the pictures with this lenses was included in a local exhibition. I am very happy with it. At the price I paid it was worth every penny.
Date published: 2015-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my 1st zeiss lense purchased 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.
Date published: 2011-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens 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.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can't beat these results This lens is perfect for still photograhy and minimally moving objects such as flowers and landscapes. Colors are vivid and accurate and skin tones are nice. The focus is right on with my D700. I did add a Katz Optic prism focus screen, but I'm not sure that helps. (kinda cool though) Not a lens of choice for family action or pets, as manual focus hard to do, although practice has improved the number of usable pix. The price is fair, given I recently spent over twice this for a new Nikor 70-200 VRII.
Date published: 2010-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A joy to use This is a beautiful lens to use. The focus ring is buttery smooth, and has a long enough turn for you to get accurate focus. It's a Zeiss, what else would you expect? It renders bokeh beautifully, and in-focus images are sharp. Also a bit brighter (about a half stop) than the Nikon counterpart. There are some critiques, but they are nit-picks. Compared to the Nikon 85mm f/f/1.4 AF-D (I have a good sharp copy), this lens tends to halo in higher contrast areas a bit while at larger apertures. Seems almost like a soft focus at times. If you stop down, the effects become minimal. Also, it doesn't seem as contrasty as the Nikon. We did a blind test - D3 on a tripod, same manual exposure settings, same scene, taken with the Nikon and Zeiss 85mm lenses, from f/1.4 to f/11. Overall, most people preferred the images taken with the Nikon lens. The differences are marginal, and all very nit-picky, but you can see it if you looked for it. HOWEVER - everyone who held the Nikon and Zeiss said they would rather USE the Zeiss over the Nikon unless they're shooting a wedding or an event they may need AF. The Zeiss just feels that much nicer in your hand, and the focus is just a dream to turn.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb, as Expected from Zeiss I use this product for portraiture. Results are stunning clarity and color. A little soft and dream-like at 1.4, but that's to be expected. I have also shot with the Nikon 85/1.4 (non-AFS), with great results, but the Zeiss rules in clarity and color. With quite a throw on the focusing, I was able to fine-tune focusing beyond the in-focus dot indicator on my Nikon D3. Absolutely no play in the focus mechanism. Lens build, construction, and the helical system is top-notch, as expected. So is feel and balance. Of importance was that the lens was perfect out of the box, i.e., void of internal dust and imperfections in the glass that some brand new lenses have. My only minor issue is that the focusing ring resides close in proximity to the face of a Nikon D3, hence, with large hands, there is not much air space between fingers/hand and camera body. Only improvement on this superb lens might be a sliding built-in hood.
Date published: 2010-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From auto, to manual prime....growth curve Ok, gotta say this is a whole new experience for me. This is the first lens that I have owned where I felt like I owned some really high-end engineering. The images are very very sharp. It is a big adjustment for me to manually focus, and to have a prime, but I know with time and experience I will realize more of my potential as I grow into this glass. I love it, just have to grow into it.
Date published: 2016-12-22
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Designed for use with:

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