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Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
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- 85mm f1.4 telephoto lens boasts professional performance for portraits and close-ups
- Astonishing sharpness at fully open aperture
- T* coating to reduce flare and increase contrast
- Smooth, visually pleasing background effects
- Focus hold button for full creative control, auto clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||circular hood|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 3.23 x 2.87 inches|
|Item Weight||1.23 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.85 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||8|
|Number of Groups||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||29 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Style Name||85mm Zeiss Lens|
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From the Manufacturer
- Superb Sharpness at Fully Open Aperture: In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony α (Alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this superb Carl Zeiss lens achieves pinpoint sharpness--even working with hand-held camera by available light.
- Excellent Contrast Reproduction: Precision optical design and advanced T* coatings help to reduce flare and increase contrast.
- Smooth Backgrounds: Smooth, visually pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds give portraits and close-ups an extra dimension of beauty.
- Focus Hold Button: For full creative control, a focus hold button located on the lens can lock auto-focusing even in continuous advance mode--and focus lock can also be set on the spot-focus center frame area.
- Auto Clutch: In auto-focus mode, the manual focus ring does not rotate--and in manual focusing, you'll have a solid, hands-on feel.
Sony DSLR-A100, DSLR-A100K.
What's in the Box:
Lens, front and rear lens cap, SH0002 lens hood.
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Top Customer Reviews
This lens is the real deal. I can't wait to see this lens in action on a Full Frame body. I was able to shoot a ballet with apertures of f/1.4 to f/2.0 in ISO 200 or ISO 400 and get sharpness corner-to-corner and freeze the jumps with brilliant color. I get amazing portraits.
My biggest knock on this lens is the autofocus is a bit jumpy, but if you get used to the freeze button on the side, you get good results.
This lens has paid for itself. I won't go to Canon or Nikon or any other manufacturer because I doubt I will get results like I do with this lens. The lens makes the camera, period. I don't use a flash with this lens, ever. I don't need to. It grabs every last bit of color and light it can find and reproduces it better than your eyes can see.
Also, you have to come into this purchase knowing this thing is built like a tank. It weighs as much as the A77 body, or at least it feels like it does. It comes with a hood with a rubber rim you can use to stand the body and lens up on.
My Minolta glass is all metal and is very heavy for a 58mm. My DT 16-105 lens doesn't feel like a pro-lens per-se, but it feels substantial nevertheless and is the easily the best "handling" lens in my collection. I also have a Sony 50 1.4, a Minolta 50 1.4, and a Sony 35 1.8. Of all of my lenses including the Minolta 58, the Zeiss 85 is the only lens that I have that feels like a pro lens. It's aesthetically beautiful. Weight-wise, it's hefty but doesn't feel end-heavy like my 16-105; I mention this because it's my unscientific opinion that the better the weight is balanced from camera to lens, the less arm fatige one feels. That said, I'm sure on the a65 it would be end-heavy.
A lot of people snuff about the AF system on this lens but I have to say, for normal everyday movements the Zeiss 85 is *not* too slow, as many have expressed. I can surmise based on my shooting experience with this lens that it would be too sloow trying to autofocus athletes playing a sport, or a dog running. That said, I had very little issues capturing people crossing the street, walking, or gesturing in some direction.Read more ›
Very fast focusing even in low light, but to really get the most out of it, mount it on the A700. It does tend to lag a tad in low light when mounted on the KM 7D.
You'll forget the hit to your pocketbook as soon as you print your first shot!
Back in the days of 1600 ASA film, this lens was my mainstay when shooting available light. It really opens up to allow every last bit of light. Focusing could not be easier because the lens was super-sharp and snapped in and out of focus with little drama. Distortion was non-existent.
Wide open the depth of field is minimal, but with modern auto-focus electronics this is much less of an issue than back in the day. The minimal depth of field really brings out your subject while eliminating visual clutter.
In the bright light of the day, the lens again performed with aplomb. Flare was minimal and images were tack sharp. Again, once you adjust to the images a medium telephoto lens provides, horizons really open up. It is a superb candid shooter, especially for quick moving subjects like children. The lens also allows you some distance from your subject. That allows for less posed, more natural images.
Even in a more formal setting, like wedding photography photography, the lens is a stand out. It is after all a "portrait lens." Couple it with a small flash or perhaps a old-school "potato masher" flash rig and fire away. The crisp, brilliant images will not disappoint.
The only real down-side to Carl Zeiss lenses is their cost. Planar T lenses always carry a premium.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this glass in April 2015 because I have decided to switch over to all Sony glass after purchasing three Sony alpha cameras. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Greg Marczak
This is my favorite lens. I use this lens with my a77 and get sharp photographs. I use this lens for outdoor photography on a variety of subjects, but it's best used for portraits. Read morePublished 8 months ago by tasha
It's a Zeiss lens with autofocus for Sony. Us Alpha shooters take this for granted, but having autofocus with Zeiss optics is a rare treat. Read more
Extremely sharp. Some CA wide open but stopping down fixes that. Heavy. Built like a tank. Nice bokeh. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pat J. Dooley
From all the brands I shoot and all the lenses I have every shot with, this is by far the best image quality I have ever had. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by sad sack
I had this on my A99.
I like the picture quality. Better than my Canon 85mm L lens.
I hate the loud focusing noise, so annoying that I switch to manual focus. Read more
A stellar piece of glass. Tough to use lower quality lenses after a really good one. That certain extra presence that perhaps comes from silky superior optics.Published on October 26, 2013 by Vikram D'Mello
You think they could have added SSM and a little quieter focusing for $1300.00 ?? I mean i know this is a portrait lens primarily but it would have been nice to have it to expand... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Shinebox