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Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85

Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85
Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85
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Initial Price: 
$1300
  • 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Floating Elements Design
  • Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating
  • Metal mount 
Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85
Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 ZE
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Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 lens construction
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Overview

Description by Zeiss:

This classic portrait lens captures people in their surroundings, playing with a range of sharpness, soft focus and contrast effects. Its distinctive circular bokeh is a crucial creative element. The Planar T* 1,4/85 produces very high quality and shallow depth-of-field when wide open. This is especially suitable for isolating the main subject from the foreground and background. This lens is also suitable as a general-purpose lens.

Floating Elements Design
State-of-the-art camera techniques and high-resolution digital image sensors increasingly demand more from the lenses. The modern floating element design compensates aberrations of the Carl Zeiss SLR lenses at different distance settings. This is accomplished by changing the axial distance of single lens elements or element groups to each other. The adjustment of the element distance is coupled to the distance setting so that it always results in the right correction. The mechanical design of these lens elements is very complex and the workmanship must be particularly exact – both specialties of Carl Zeiss.

 

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Excellent image quality
The Carl Zeiss range of T* lenses offers the highest possible standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. Quite simply, they are superior in every way. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images, for example. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes – especially useful when photographing products and architecture.

Elaborate stray light reduction
Rich, vibrant colors are vital to creating a lasting impression. Stray light in the lens, however, would lead to a brightening of the image, which is particularly visible in shadow areas. Image contrast is lowered; the image appears dull and bleached. We combine various, elaborate techniques to reduce unwanted stray light. For example, all lens elements are coated with the famous Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating. Additionally, a jet black special paint is applied by hand to all lens element edges to ensure that reflections are prevented from the start.

 

Precise manual focus
Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your fingertips. A good ergonomic design makes all the difference. Carl Zeiss SLR lenses stand out with their large rotation angle which enables precise focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane. The precise engraving in meter and feet, and the depth of focus scale provide additional support for manually focusing.

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Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatingAll lens elements in SLR lenses from Carl Zeiss feature the T* anti-reflective coating and an optical design that produces brilliant pictures even in unfavorable lighting conditions. We vacuum deposit very thin, transparent coats on the surfaces of the lens elements to make them anti-reflective. Special substances, one by one, are vaporized with very high energy in a high vacuum, which are then deposited on the glass surface as a coating with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflections. The first coatings were applied by Carl Zeiss back in the 1930s.

 

 

Carl Zeiss Lenses for SLR Cameras - Camera Mounts

The manually focusable Carl Zeiss SLR lenses are available with EF bayonet (ZE), F bayonet (ZF.2). The possibilities of using scene programs, different types of exposure metering and individualized functions can be varied depending on the camera model.

 

zeiss-lenses-_zf2 ZF.2 Lenses
Lenses with F mount equipped with AI-apperture coupling and CPU
zeiss-lenses ze mount ZE Lenses
Lenses equipped with an EF bayonet for EOS cameras from Canon

 

Reviews

"The Carl Zeiss 85mm ƒ/1.4 Planar is a sharp lens, but for maximum sharpness it must be used stopped-down to at least ƒ/4. Wide open at ƒ/1.4, the lens is not tack-sharp, producing images on the full-frame D3x where the center is in the range of 2 blur units, and there is some corner softness, around 3 blur

Post date: 25/03/2011 - 00:00

"The first Zeiss ZE lens aspect you need to be aware of is the lack of auto focus. The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Lens is a manual focus-only lens and is built to maximize the manual focus experience. The 270°-rotating manual focus ring is wide (covering most of the lens barrel), very smooth and very precise. There is no play whatsoever. Again, there is no rubber on this ring - it is all metal.

Post date: 24/02/2009 - 00:00

"The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* Lens is the first available Carl Zeiss lens built specifically for the Canon EOS mount. Prior to the ZE lenses, Zeiss lenses required a special adapter to be used on Canon EOS bodies. People took the extra effort to EOS-mount Zeiss lenses because the image quality they obtained from these lenses was worth it. Zeiss' formal announcement of the ZE series of lenses triggered a flood of emails requesting Zeiss reviews. So, it was with great anticipation that I ordered and received the first ZE lens I could

Post date: 16/02/2009 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$1300
Release Date: 
11/2009
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
15.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
1.7 TStop
Distortion: 
0.10%
Vignetting: 
-1.4 EV
Chr. aberration: 
12.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
Manual Focus Only
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
85mm
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
6 elements in 5 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture: 
f /16
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
1.00m
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
77.0mm
Length: 
86.0mm
Weight: 
570 g
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
72mm

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