Sony 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Carl Zeiss Alpha A DSLR Mount Lens

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About Sony 85mm F/1.4

• Get gorgeous intimate or low-light portraits, fashion shots, and quick candid photographs with superior visual accuracy with the Carl Zeiss SAL-85F14Z lens.

A brilliant lens for portraits, low light and midrange telephoto shooting.

• It's a beautiful piece of glass, and for intimate or low-light portraits, fashion shots, and quick candid photographs with superior visual accuracy, this professional lens will satisfy the most uncompromising demands.

• Its performance at fully open aperture is astonishingly precise, and its 35mm-equivalent 125.7mm focal length gives you sharp midrange close-ups and natural, distortion-free portraits at relaxed distances.



The Sony 85mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 85mm F/1.4: Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (5),Nice bokeh (4),Rugged (4),Consistent output (3),Durable (3)
Cons:
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (3),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (3)

Sony 85mm F/1.4 Features

  • Superb Sharpness at Fully Open Aperture:
  • In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this superb Carl Zeiss lens achieves pinpointsharpness, even working with hand-held camera by available light.
  • Excellent Contrast Reproduction:
  • Precision optical design and advanced T* coatings help to reduce flare and increase contrast.
  • Smooth Backgrounds:
  • Smooth, visually pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds give portraits and close-ups an extra dimension of beauty.
  • Focus Hold Button:
  • For full creative control, a focus hold button located on the lens can lock auto-focusing even in continuous advance mode, and focus lock can also be set on the spot-focus center frame area.
  • Auto Clutch:
  • In auto-focus mode, the manual focus ring does not rotate, and in manual focusing, you ll have a solid, hands-on feel

Sony 85mm F/1.4 Specifications

Type

Carl Zeiss® Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 Telephoto Lens
Smooth, visually pleasing background effects
Design
Professional performance for portraits and close-ups
Optics
T* Coating to reduce flare and increase contrast
Focusing

Focus Hold button for full creative control
Auto Clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation
Focal Length

35mm Equivalent: 85 mm
APS: 127.5 mm
Angle of View

35mm Equivalent: 19 deg
APS: 29 deg
Min Focus Distance
2' 10" (85 cm)
Aperture Maximum
f1.4
Aperture Minimum
f22
Maximum Magnification
0.13x
Lens Construction
8 elements in 7 groups with 9 aperture blades
Filter Diameter
72 mm
Lens Dimensions
3-1/4" x 2-7/8" (81.5 mm x 72.5 mm)
Lens Weight
1 lb 3.75 oz (560 g)

Sony 85mm F/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Useful Addition

I've been wanting to add this lens to my kit for quite some time, and finally made the jump. While an outstanding portrait lens, my primary use is for outdoor shots where the 135 f1.8 is too long, the 70-200G isn't quite fast enough, and the 55 is too short. I knew in advance I would not be disappointed with this lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A great Portrait lens

This lens has great color and beautiful Bokeh. It is a great lens for portraits. However I would say it needs an SSM motor. This lens is currently focused by the camera body, and that is both slow and noisy even on A900 bodies. It can't be used for any video because of the focus noise. It is overpriced because its competitors have SSM motors and faster apertures, with the same picture quality. Hold Off till Zeiss puts in an SSM motor or buy the CZ 135 f1.8 instead.

Reviewed by 7 customers

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perhaps the finest portrait lens

By

from Prescott AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Incredible Bookeh.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Useful Addition

By

from Mohnton, PA

I've been wanting to add this lens to my kit for quite some time, and finally made the jump. While an outstanding portrait lens, my primary use is for outdoor shots where the 135 f1.8 is too long, the 70-200G isn't quite fast enough, and the 55 is too short. I knew in advance I would not be disappointed with this lens.

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A great Portrait lens

By

from Glendale, CA  -  Pro Photographer

This lens has great color and beautiful Bokeh. It is a great lens for portraits. However I would say it needs an SSM motor. This lens is currently focused by the camera body, and that is both slow and noisy even on A900 bodies. It can't be used for any video because of the focus noise. It is overpriced because its competitors have SSM motors and faster apertures, with the same picture quality. Hold Off till Zeiss puts in an SSM motor or buy the CZ 135 f1.8 instead.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Favorite Portrait Lens!

By

from San Francisco, CA  -  Pro Photographer

The best lens I have ever used for portraits. Extremely sharp focus, plus great bokeh.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An OUTSTANDING lens !

By

from Springfield, Mo.  -  Pro Photographer

I have several Zeiss lenses for my Sony Alpha A700 system. The 85mm F 1.4 is the sharpest and fastest. We all know that prime non-zoom lenses are the sharpest...and that holds true with this lens. It is incredibly sharp...and produces the finest boca I have ever seen. It also produces that wonderful Zeiss contrast and color balance that really makes your photos come alive. If your a portrait shooter...and want some outstanding pics...buy one of these...its expensive...but definately worth it. My portrait business has increased since I started using this lens. It really has made a difference. I will NEVER sell it, its now a permanent part of my kit! It also works with full frame cameras.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievably Sharp

By

from Miami, FL

Sony's Zeiss Planar 85mm/1.4 is among the sharpest lenses I've ever seen. I've long been a fan of Zeiss medium format glass - particularly the Zeiss lenses for the Contax 645. Not only is this lens incredibly sharp, but somehow even captures a "medium format" look and feel...

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lense will make you shine

By

from west bloomfield, MI  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This lense will make you shine as a photographer and it will capture those special moments and people in the most memorable way, giving your subjects dimension and meaning on paper. I absolutely swear by it. My lens has since been dropped so many times that I am getting ready to drop another 1k+ to buy the new Sony version (it was minolta when I owned it), my family photos are worth it. I am having our 3rd child and I would be remiss as a mom not to give this baby a chance at the stellar baby shots my first two boys have to look at later in life. It's super in natural light. The only inconvenience is it's weight..it's heavy and not a "carry around the park all day", camera to catch a cool shot. It is by no means a pocket lense..but it is the best and worth every penny.

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