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ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Prime - EF Mount

Abel Code: CZ-1677-838
Mfr. Code: 1677-838
Estimated to Ship – 3-7 days
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This is a special order item. You will be charged upon placing your order, which is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
This 85mm f/1.4 prime lens was designed for use with analog and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, and features an EF Mount.
Key Highlights
  • 85mm f/1.4 Prime
  • EF Mount
  • MOD: 34.65" (0.88m)


The ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Prime - EF Mount lens brings out the best in its subject, while masterfully manipulating both sharpness and soft focus. Pinpoints of light in the background envelop the individual and conceal a mysterious message. 

This classic portrait lens captures people in their surroundings, playing with a range of sharpness, soft focus and contrast effects. Its distinctive circular bokeh is a crucial creative element. The ZEISS Planar T* 1,4/85 produces very high quality and shallow depth-of-field when wide open. This is especially suitable for isolating the main subject from the foreground and background. This lens is also suitable as a general-purpose lens.

ZEISS Classic lenses have enjoyed an outstanding reputation with photographers all over the world for many years. The solid all-metal mount ensures constant functionality and image performance, regardless of the number of photographs taken. Manual focusing promotes creativity in the design of the image.

High-Speed Lens

Impressive photographs captured in low light always begin with a fast lens for an SLR camera, as a fast, high-performance lens captures as much light as possible. This lens, with its f/1.4 maximum aperture, provides exceptional results when shooting in unfavorable light.

9-Blade Aperture

Photographers want to guide the observer through the image. Subsequently, minimal depth of focus is often used as a design element, keeping the background intentionally blurred to focus the attention of the observer on the main subject. These different representations of the blurred areas, as well as the quality of the transition, are referred to as the Bokeh of a lens. The finely tuned features of the optical design on ZEISS SLR lenses ensure a particularly harmonious effect of the blurred areas of the image. The nine diaphragm blades and resulting (virtually circular) aperture on ZEISS SLR lenses are crucial to favorable rendition of highlights in the foreground and background.

Excellent Image Quality

The range of ZEISS T* lenses offers the highest possible standards in terms of performance, reliability, and image quality. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images, and virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes (especially useful when photographing products and architecture). 

Elaborate Stray Light Reduction

Rich, vibrant colors are vital to creating a lasting impression. Stray light in the lens, however, leads to a brightening of the image that is particularly visible in shadow areas. This lowers image contrast, making the image appear dull and bleached. ZEISS combines various elaborate techniques to reduce unwanted stray light. For example, all lens elements are coated with the ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating. Additionally, a jet black special paint is applied by hand to all lens element edges to ensure that reflections are prevented from the start.

Precise Manual Focus

Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your fingertips, and a good ergonomic design makes all the difference. ZEISS lenses stand out with their large rotation angle, which enables precise focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane. The precise engraving in meters and feet, and the depth of focus scale provide additional support for manually focusing.

ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating

The optical elements of ZEISS lenses feature T* anti-reflective coating on all surfaces and an optical design that guarantees images of superior brilliance at all times, even in unfavorable lighting conditions. We apply the anti-reflective coating to the lens surfaces by the vapour deposition of extremely thin, transparent layers on the glass. In this process, special substances are vaporized with extremely high energy in a high-vacuum environment and are subsequently deposited on the glass surfaces, one after another, as layers with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflective properties.

High-Quality All-Metal Mounts

ZEISS lenses are ready for decades of intense use, thanks to the high-quality craftsmanship of their all-metal mounts, easy-to-grip metal focus and aperture rings, and the robust front bayonet and filter threads, all of which ensure an ideal photographic experience.


  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Focusing Range: 39.37" (1m) to Infinity 
  • Free Working Distance: 34.65" (0.88m) to Infinity
  • Number of Elements/Groups: 6/5
  • Angular Field, Diagonal/Horizontal/Vertical: 29°/24°/16°
  • Diameter of Image Field: 43mm
  • Coverage at Close Range: 9.45" x 14.17" (24cm x 36cm) 
  • Image Ratio (at MOD): 1:10
  • Flange Focal Distance: 44mm (1.73")
  • Entrance Pupil Position (Front of Image Plane): 38mm (1.49")
  • Rotation Angle of Focusing Ring: 243°
  • Max. Diameter & Diameter of Focusing Ring: 78mm
  • Length (with caps): 88mm (3.46")
  • Length (without caps): 65mm (2.56")
  • Weight: 1.47 lb (670 g)
  • Filter Thread: M72 x 0.75
  • Camera Mount: EF Mount (ZE)

What's in the Box

  • Rear Cap
  • Front Cap
  • ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Prime - EF Mount


Key Highlights

  • 85mm f/1.4 Prime
  • EF Mount
  • MOD: 34.65" (0.88m)
  • 72mm Filter Thread

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Lens Mount:
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Blade Count:
Filter Thread Size:
Fixed Focal Length:
Front Diameter:
Max Dimensions (Diameter x Length):
78mm x 65mm - 3.08" x 2.56" (without caps)
Elements & Groups:
6 elements in 5 groups
Magnification Ratio:
Rotation Angle of Focusing Ring:
Aperture Range:
f/1.4 to f/16
Minimum Focus Distance:
34.65" (0.88m)
Max Angle of View:
16degrees - Vertical (29degrees Diagonal, 24degrees Horizontal)
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