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9.4 out of 10

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 ZE

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Overall 10
10

zeiss quality

northwind, B&H Photo
10 May 2014
  • Excerpt: it is one of the best dslr lenses in the market, heavy, well built and excellent component of glasses.
  • Pros: Durable, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Perfection

Gretchen Huber, Amazon
31 December 2013
  • Summary: You just can't go wrong with Zeiss optics. Some people bring up the fact that it is heavy. It is. When I switch from one of my other lenses to this lens, I know I'm in business. It is perfection.
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Overall 10
10

Typical excellent Zeiss quality

Bill Pryor, B&H Photo
17 October 2013
  • Excerpt: This is my fifth Zeiss ZE lens. My set includes the 18, 25, 35, 50 and now the 85. All are used via a Metabones adapter on a Sony FS100, and sometimes on my NEX-7 and 5DII. I prefer Zeiss lenses over their Canon L equivalents because they are solid, sharp all the way, and have solid, firm focus rings. They don't flop loosely like those on some auto focus lenses. The only thing I can say about Zeiss lenses is...if you ever pick one up and use it, you will be hooked.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Firm Smooth Focus Ring, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Solid, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Lens

Juan Carlos, Adorama
11 July 2013
  • Excerpt: This is probably as sharp as it gets. It is a wonderful lens. It is built to last at least 50 years. The best lens I've ever had so far. If you can get it buy it, in 20 years you will still be using it.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Lens For Tripod/Fast Shots

Peter, B&H Photo
23 June 2013
  • Excerpt: I use a 1DX and wanted this for a portrait lens. I think 85mm is great for what I wanted and since I have bought and sold the Canon 1.2 twice so far, and since I love Zeiss, I wanted to try this one. I love the images. In my opinion, it is not a great lens to hand hold at SS slower than 1/100. Tripod, no problem, faster shutter speeds, great. The lack of autofocus and IS will be a problem for many and should not be overlooked.
  • Pros: Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus
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Overall 10
10

Perfection.

Golf Nut, Amazon
2 April 2013
  • Summary: Love this lens. Zeiss makes such great glass. Everything about this lens gets me excited to shoot photos. I prefer it over the high end Canon L lenses, and the almost full radius manual focus ring allows for perfect critical focus.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good, for the right style

Lew, B&H Photo
9 March 2013
  • Excerpt: I'm a working pro. I've owned and used this lens for about 2 years now, so I feel my opinion is in pretty good authority to speak about it. This is the only review I have ever left so I hope it sincerely helps somebody make an informed purchase.It comes down to auto focus. In my portrait and fashion work, 1) the model is not moving in distance from me 2) I'm shooting at a huge aperture of f11.
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Overall 10
10

Just a bad ass lens.

Nelson Auge, Amazon
28 February 2013
  • Summary: As many reviewers have stated, this is manual focus only. It takes some getting used to. I will probably shoot tethered when working on location and shooting wide open. Manual focus would be nice, but it is worth living without it with this lens. There is a certain old school sense of satisfaction when you nail the shot with your eye. AF can make you a bit lazy. Remember, AF has only really been around since the 80s. Love it. Sense of color and depth are amazing.
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Overall 10
10

Great lens, Not easy to focus, but a lot of fun

Uncle J, Amazon
4 January 2013
  • Summary: I'll try to keep it short: BLUF: This lens produces some amazing images with very elegant colors, however, it takes a while to get used to the manual focus, which is also what makes it fun to use. Not a super sharp lens therefore it does not get the 5 stars, but a very good (perhaps the best) alternative option to canon's 85mm F1.2L. The good: I've been using the lens for about 2 weeks now, and I am in love with it.
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic lens, sharp like a razor.

John, B&H Photo
6 December 2012
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens a few weeks ago and had tried it for both portrait and landscape photograph. For portrait, it's razor sharp and the color renderation is wonderful. The models were very happy with the final photos. For landscape, it gives 3D look on the photo. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Heavy
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