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Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* / SAL85F14Z

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* / SAL85F14Z
alaAverage 4.7

85 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 reviews of Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* / SAL85F14Z. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. Comments about the size and reliability are generally positive. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the price.

design, usability, reliability, size


On average, users rate this product 97/100 and experts rate this product 90/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* / SAL85F14Z from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Lenses & Filters on Reviewers are impressed by the size. The usability also gets good feedback. There are some negative reviews about the reliability and price.

design, usability, size

price, reliability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera

Dec, 2015

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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4


disastrous autofocus work, a little too big astigmatism, outrageous price

It is impossible not to grade this lens without considering its price. From a portrait prime that costs almost 5000 polish zloty we demand perfection in every aspect. As far as the noticeable astigmatism at the wide-open lens can be understood and the...

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: PhotoReview (

Sony SAL85F14Z Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA Lens


A fast, high-performance prime lens that is ideal for portraits and candid photography.The name alone should be an assurance to knowledgeable photographers that the Sony CZ Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA is no ordinary lens and the 'Planar' tag reflects its...

Feb, 2007

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Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA ( Sony SAL-85F14Z ) - Full Format Review / Test Report


Are you listening Canon and Nikon? Welcome the new owner of the 85mm f/1.4 class - the Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA. We were more than impressed by the results during our previous APS-C test and the lens remains great within the full format scope as...

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: SLUF1354 (

Very Useful Addition


I've been wanting to add this lens to my kit for quite some time, and finally made the jump. While an outstanding portrait lens, my primary use is for outdoor shots where the 135 f1.8 is too long, the 70-200G isn't quite fast enough, and the 55 is too...

Fast, flexable, sharp short tele lens

A bit heavy, but to be expected

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: jadeeast69 (

Exceptional Lens


I purchased this lens a few months ago, needing a portrate lens, mid-range telephoto, to capture close up candid photos for my work. This lens has way exceeded my expectations, and the clarity of images is the very best... To be able to take close up...

Clarity of image, quick response


Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: psstudio (

If You Only Have One Lens This Is It.


A brilliant lens for portraits, low light and midrange telephoto shooting. This beautiful piece of glass is perfect for intimate or low-light portraits, fashion shots and quick candid photographs.

Very Sharp, Great Bokeh


Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: ElGueroMasLoco (

Magic Wand


I picked up this lens at the Sony store in Bangkok figuring it would be great to have for the rest of my trip and boy was I right. I'm still a relative beginner so I won't pretend to know what makes this lens great, but it is simply awesome. For me to...

Beautiful Images, sharp focus, details pop, bokeh

Costly, heavy

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Chuckie12 (

I waited to long to buy this lens


This has quickly become my primary lens for use on the 900. The clarity of the images is more then I expected. Even in low light the brightness of the image makes is very easy to manual focus. The ability to control DOF makes the lens flexible for...

Fast focus, incredible detail, well balanced on my 700 and 900

would like to see another focus lock button for vertical use

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: BuffaloJohn (

Amazing Lens. Period.


I've owned this lens for about a week. I moved to the Sony A900 from my Canon 5D Mark II because of the Zeiss line in particular - best build of all lenses made for modern DSLRs in my opinion. I've owned the Carl Zeiss 18mm ZE for Canon, and the nice...

Build, A++++ Sharpness, A++++ Colors

Slow(er) AF, Heavy on Sony A900

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: txphotogryl (



I have been shooting with Sony dslr's since 2006. I already had three other lenses; standard zoom, fish eye and 300mm telephoto. I shoot primarily with a shallow depth of field sko when I shoot portraits I was using the 300mm. The problem is in studio...

Great depth of field; excellent in low light

Slighty heavy; costly

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No

General Features

3D: No
Bayonet Compatibility:Sony / Konica-Minolta
Usage:Digital Cameras