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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 ZF/ZK/ZE

Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Model Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 ZF/ZK/ZE
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 84.8 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 28.6 o
Closest focusing distance 1 m
Maximum magnification
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 6 elements / 5 groups
Filter diameter 72 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Pentax K
Dimensions 77 x 62 mm
Weight 570 g
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4.33 Good
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  1. CMB
    CMB 3 July 2011, 13:55
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    IP 89.240.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: £1000
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Really large focus shift on stopping down. Spherical aberration wide open. Weak at close focus distances. Brilliant at what it does well, but not an all-rounder

    Pros: Awesome build quality and mechanical focus action. Very sharp and contrasty. Fantastic handling of background highlights. Characterful but smooth bokeh

    Summary: Not a lens for all-round shooting but capable of awesome images when used creatively and technically mastered. Some portraits taken with this lens can be awesome, but it can also be frustrating to use. From f2.8 to f8 focus shift can be a real pain as the plane of focus shifts rearward by plenty enough to mean focus is well back from the eyes. Lots of spherical aberration wide open but the lens seems to have been designed that way to give a very flattering portrait rendition. Stop down and its a razor. Bokeh is smooth and retains softly rounded shapes, with more character than many modern lenses. It handles backgrounds gracefully, especially highlights.

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