Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZE Series Lens for Canon EOS Cameras

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About Zeiss 85mm F/1.4

For limited time only, save 16.00% on the Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 dropping from $1283.00 to $1083.00 when you buy this item at Adorama.com and Shipping is free! . The Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 also comes in Zeiss Ikon 85mm f1.4 Planar T* ZE Lens for Canon EOS #1677838 -BUNDLE- and a Zeiss SLR ZE Lens Bundle & Transport Case for Canon EF Mount .

The Zeiss 1677838 short telephoto is a classic portrait focal length which is further enhanced by the long barrel rotation for precise control of the focus point in the image. The Planar T* 1.4/85 is optimized for medium to longer distances and provides distortion-free performance, which only improves as the lens is stopped down.

The fast f/1.4 aperture is very useful for creatively controlling the depth of field and the nearly circular diaphragm creates a pleasing 'bokeh' in the out-of-focus areas. Combined with a DSLR with a 1.5 crop factor, the lens becomes a focal length of 128 mm.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent output (4),Nice bokeh (4),Strong construction (4),Durable (3)

Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 Features

  • The lens' shallow depth of field at wide apertures allows the use of selective focus. This helps to emphasize the primary subject by defocusing the background.
  • The 9-blade, circular aperture produces a smooth and natural rendition of defocused images, as well as nearly circular shapes of point sources of light.
  • Geometrical distortion is imperceptibly low, allowing high quality documentation photographs, both analog and digital.

Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 Specifications

Focal Length
85 mm
Aperture range
f/1.4 - f/16 (half steps)
Focusing range
1 m - infinity
Coverage at close range
24 x 36 cm
Number of elements/groups
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.)
M 72 x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps)
°: 78 mm, L: 85 mm
680 g
Zeiss warranty
Mfr #

Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Beautiful images, great quality.


from Bogotá, Colombia.  -  Pro Photographer

It´s a great lens for portraits. The image quality is beautiful. The construction is great, and its short in its lenght. It´s very nice for pictures with enough time to focs manually, not an action lens... It would be nice to have the same Zeiss lens with this size, with autofocus for that purpose... But if your ok with manual focus and have a lens to cover that need, it´s worth it.


Excellent Lens


from Mexico  -  Pro Photographer

This is probably as sharp as it gets. It is a wonderful lens. It is built to last at least 50 years. The best lens I've ever had so far. If you can get it buy it, in 20 years you will still be using it.


Magnificant Glass


from Reno/Tahoe  -  Semi-pro Photographer

KQSW Productions, LLC, does video, mainly. For obvious reasons we went with 5D DSLRS. Needed the best primes, so Zeiss was IT! This 85mm completed the set. Heavy physically, but great images. Only Canon lens we like is the 70-200mm... Having primes means when Canon upgrades their bodies, our lens set will stil be perfect!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Portrait Lens


from NYC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great lens for portraits and Headshots. The color and contrast are superb. Much better than canon lenses. It takes more time and patience to focus manually, but the results are clearly worth it. The bokeh is super creamy. A little soft wide open, which is great for portraits. Tad sharp when stoped down if you'd like to use it for landscape. Needless to say that is great for video too.


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michael w  Is this useful if I already have the Zeiss 100mm Planar?
HOWARD L  Guess it partially depends on what you're going to use it for. The 85mm is a great lens for portraits. I don't have the 100mm though I have the 135mm. All these lens are so sharp and make my photos so sharp and clear.
patrick j  Is this an auto focus lens or is it manual with focus registration?
NATAHSA S  This is manual focus lens.
michael w  Is this useful if I already have the Zeiss 100mm Planar?
HOWARD L  Guess it partially depends on what you're going to use it for. The 85mm is a great lens for portraits. I don't have the 100mm though I have the 135mm. All these lens are so sharp and make my photos so sharp and clear.
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