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.
Reviewed by 3 customers
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.
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!
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.