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Keywords: Sony Carl-Zeiss Tele Prime A-Mount 35mm Tested


Registered: November 2010
Posts: 19
Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* SAL-85F14Z review by 3systemuser
Review Date: 12/29/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,400.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: good contrast level even at f1.4 , extremely sharp even at wide open , fast AF on the A900, no distortion at all.
Cons: no SSM.

I think this is the best 85mm I have tested , this lens is better than the Canon 85f1.2Lmk2 , Nikkor 85f1.4G , the Sigma 85f1.4HSM and Zeiss 85f1.4ZF2.

it is sharp even at f1.4 , with great level of contrast.

the Canon 85f1.2Lmk2 is also quite sharp at f1.4 but it is not as contrasty as this Sony at f1.4.

and the Canon has more barrel distortion and much more pronnounced CA than this Sony Zeiss lens.

comparing it to the Nikon G , I found this Sony Zeiss much sharper in the center but not as sharp as the Nikon in the corners of the FF.

the Nikon has more distortion , more pronounced CA , worse bokeh but the Nikkor is much more resistant to flare ghosting.

I think this is the best 85 mm and this lens alone can be good enough reason for some people to go Sony, I think this lens and Zeiss 24f2ZA are that good.

All Sony Zeiss line lenses are fantastic , the 135ZA , the 85f1.4ZA and the 24f2ZA are all almost perfect and they can't get any better than they are.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 12
Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* SAL-85F14Z review by edwardkaraa
Review Date: 8/20/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,500.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpest lens ever, high contrast and 3D rendering.
Cons: AF hunting occasionally, some LoCA but nothing serious.

This lens is almost perfect in every way. Stellar at infinity, stellar at medium and short range, high contrast and micro-contrast, pronounced 3D rendering. An exemplary Zeiss lens.

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 2
Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* SAL-85F14Z review by roweraay
Review Date: 8/31/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,300.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Ultra-sharp corner-to-corner, terrific micro-contrast, superior build and Zeiss optics
Cons: Being an SSM would have been better

This lens is ultra-sharp even wide open at f/1.4 ! On an APS-C 12MP (A700), there is absolutely no detectable vignetting and is sharp corner-to-corner with zero degradation as one moves to the borders. There is even resolution throughout the frame (on APS-C - never tested on Full-frame yet).

The entire lens is cased in metal, with even the hood being metal and the whole lens has a VERY high precision feel.

The only (minor) point about this lens is that I wish this was an SSM lens than having the AF driven off of the body-based motor, even though the AF itself is fast enough, even for tracking action. The body-based motor obviously is not as silent as an SSM motor could be.

Other than the above minor gripe, I can unequivocally recommend this lens. Paired with its companion, the Carl Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 Sonnar, I think this is a terrific one-two punch from Sony, into the ultra-high-end of dSLR lenses. Remember that due to the body based stabilization of Sony bodies, all of these primes are "stabilized", whereas not a single one of Sony's primary Full-frame competition from Canon/Nikon have stabilized lenses.

Can't wait for their Full-frame model with its 24.6MP sensor, with built-in body-based Stabilization, to be released fast enough !


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