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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y Lens

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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y lens

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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y MTF Chart

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y MTF Chart

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y MTF Chart

Optical design

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica)

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups

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Average price: $683

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
85mmf/1.4f/168167595/2164/2,5

Additional information:

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y - is a famous portrait lens made by Carl Zeiss company for a 35mm SLR system with C/Y (Contax / Yashica) mount.

Lens is multicoated thus providing contrast pictures and natural colour.

3D pop-up effect on pictures is well-achieved by shallow depth of field with the diaphragm fully opened. In the same time lens preserve contrast on pictures at fully opened aperture.

Diaphragm being opened to F1.4, F2 and F2.8 provides little bit of soft-effect which is very useful for portraiture work. Bokeh which can be achieved by this lens at fully opened aperture is very nice.

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y has a rigid and durable form-factor and smoothly rotating comfortable focusing ring.

All these advantages make this lens very popular and increase its price on a market (however price of this lens is two times lower when being compared to modern analogs).

This lens editions made in West Germany are considered better choice.

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 fits well all modern SLR digital cameras. There is no problem with mirror locking on cameras like Canon 5D and Canon 5D mark II.


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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 11.08.2010



Photos taken with this lens Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y:


The bokeh of German version
Autor: kenjiz
5 0 2486

Tired by walking
Autor: stimilek
5 0 1176

The bokeh
Autor: kenjiz
4.67 0 2523

Marianna
Autor: kenjiz
4.33 0 4464

Mechanical quality4.888
Optical quality4.878
Usability4.258
Pricing / Value3.888
Bokeh5.007
Overall lens rating
4.58

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Owner reviews: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/ 1.4 C/Y

Wilson Laidlaw 30.07.2014 13:45:08
Period of use: 8 months

Strengths:

Extreme sharpess in both centre and edge. At f1.4, lovely 3D effect.


Weaknesses:

Bokeh can sometimes be a bit harsh. Lens tends to get dusty inside as like many Contax lenses, sealing not very good. 


Comments:

I used both the f1.4 and f1.2 Anniversary versions of this lens from the late 90's to 2005, when I sold all my Contax CX/Y lenses and camera bodies. I had at different times, both German and Japanese versions of the f1.4 (AEG and MMJ). I was a beta tester for Contax in the early 2000's and I had discussions with Zeiss engineers about the relative merits of the German and Japanese made lenses. Their view was that the MMJ Japanese lenses, in pretty much every case, were at least as good and often better performers than the earlier AEG lenses. The machinery for grinding the lens elements in Kyoto, was newer and more modern than Oberkochen and the T* coating was improved on the later MMJ lenses. The inspection regime by Zeiss inspectors was equally rigorous. 

I am thinking of re-buying an 85mm f1.4 Planar, now that I can use SLR lenses on my Leica M240 (I already use the 28-85 and 100-300 Vario Sonnars). I don't particularly like the 75mm f2.5 Leica Summarit I have for a lens in this focal length range. The alternative is the Leica 80mm Summilux-R, which is not as sharp as the Planar 85, especially at the corners but has slightly nicer bokeh. Wilson




Bakin 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 3 years

Strengths:
  • Bokeh!!!
  • Fully usable at 1.4
  • Very durable form-factor

    Weaknesses:

    Little bit expensive. But if being compared to modern editions it is not so expensive...


    Comments:

    Excellent portrait lens.

    Can be used for any artistic photography work. If you can afford it - buy it. Be sure you will not regret!