Review Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE Canon

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

A classic portrait-length prime, the Canon EF-mount Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZE 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 full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 136mm 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 MountCanon EF
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)3.07 x 2.56" / 78 x 65 mm
Weight1.47 lb / 670 g

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Lens Technical

Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE CanonSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM ASigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Name Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZE CanonSigma 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 200820182018
Mount Type Canon EFSony FESigma SA
Lens Type Lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens TelephotoLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $1280
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 85105105
Global 33.4889
Effective Mega Pixel 22.5667
Distorsion 0.032
Vignetting -1.41462
Tstop 1.54262
Ac 9.10651
Vignetting Ranking 9818
Tstop Ranking 225
Ac Ranking 6806
Pixel Depth 50.6
Price Sensor 3900
Sensor Raw 51.16
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type SemiProDSLR
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Dec. 2008Feb. 2018Feb. 2018
Brand Carl ZeissSigmaSigma


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