Review Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon

Lens Overview - Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4

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.

Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 Latest Price



Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View29°
Minimum Focus Distance3.28' / 1 m
Maximum Magnification0.1x
Optical Design6 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.03 x 2.44" / 77 x 62 mm
Weight1.25 lb / 570 g

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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm F1.2 PRO $779 $1199 2016Olympus Wide
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Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 Sony $519 $799 2015Mitakon Medium - Telephoto
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Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 $585 $900 2012Nikon Wide
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Samyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS Fujifilm X $357 $549 2015Samyang Medium
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Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 Sony FE $519 $799 2015Mitakon Medium - Telephoto
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Samyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS Micro 4/3 $357 $549 2015Samyang Medium
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Voigtlander 35mm F1.2 Nokton Leica Save 30% 2011Voigtlander Wide - Medium
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Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Micro 4/3 $233 $359 2014Mitakon Medium
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM $1023 $1574 2007Canon Medium
SemiProDSLR
21 MP
-2.4
0.4
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Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.2 Aspherical Leica M $689 $1060 2018Voigtlander Medium
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Samyang XP 35mm F1.2 Canon $650 $1000 2018Samyang Wide
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Samyang Premium MF 85mm F1.2 Canon Save 30% 2016Samyang Medium - Telephoto
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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 17mm F1.2 PRO $780 $1200 2017Olympus Superwide
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Lens Technical

Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 NikonSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM ASigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Name Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 NikonSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sony FESigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.4f/1.4f/1.4
Year 200920182018
Mount Type Nikon F FXSony FESigma SA
Lens Type Lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens TelephotoLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $1280
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 85105105
Global 32.0198
Effective Mega Pixel 21.8298
Distorsion 0.051
Vignetting -1.28886
Tstop 1.58997
Ac 11.2785
Vignetting Ranking 9236
Tstop Ranking 407
Ac Ranking 8705
Pixel Depth 36.3
Price Sensor 3300
Sensor Raw 36.56
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type SemiProDSLR
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Nov. 2009Feb. 2018Feb. 2018
Brand Carl ZeissSigmaSigma


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