Sony SAL-85F14Z Telephoto 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Autofocus Lens

Model #SAL85F14Z

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Specifications

Physical

Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.95 x 3.19" (7.49 x 8.10 cm)
Filter thread Front: 72 mm
Weight 1.43 lb (650 g)

Performance

Minimum focus distance 2.79' (85 cm)
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Diaphragm blades 9
Angle of view 29°
APS-C Picture Angle: 20°
Magnification 0.13x
Focal length 84 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 127.5 mm
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:7.69
Groups/elements 7/8
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)

Features

Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
22 April 2016
9.0/10

Costing around £1500 the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is one of the most expensive 85mm lenses on the market, but it’s also one of the best. On the evidence of using it on the 42-million-pixel A7R II, I see no reason why it won’t meet the demands of even higher resolution sensors that may come on the...

Photodo.33034400
7 July 2016

The Sony G Master range is described as a “supreme blend of high resolution and beautiful bokeh” and in the case of this Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM goes on to claim “outstanding sharpness dissolving to magnificent bokeh” and “the ultimate portrait lens” - clearly bold claims and definitely desirable...

Ephotozine.34750887
14 June 2016
10/10

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master lens is a traditionally very high quality choice. It is ideal for many more types of subject than portraits, although with the beautiful bokeh provided portraiture may well be high on the list for users of this lens.

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    Outstanding sharpness, Low CA, Flare resistant, Beautiful bokeh

  • -

    Price, Some edge CA, Heavy, Bulky

Photography blog.34420874
28 April 2016
9.0/10

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is an outstanding prime lens for portraiture, offering a winning combination of sharpness and very appealing bokeh. Shooting at the maximum f/1.4 aperture does reveal a minor reduction in sharpness, but this is already resolved by f/2, and even at this aperture the lens is...

Amateur photographer.32822919
22 April 2016
10/10

While there is still room for the Sony FE lens range to grow, particularly with affordable optics, most of the key optics required by professionals are now available. This includes the recent Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens.

Photozone de.34752480
21 January 2015
7.7/10

The Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA remains a very good lens on the NEX 7. However, even the mighty Zeiss isn't perfect anymore on the 24 megapixel sensor. At max. aperture the center performance is certainly very good but the border quality is a bit lower than expected.

Photozone de.34752480
2 April 2009
8.3/10

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 well.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
19 December 2016
10/10

People, please stop reviewing this lens on how it works with an adapter on a different system (A7r2). On my A99II this lens is nothing short of magic. Amazingly fast focus, awesome bokeh and images that I can only top with the Zeiss 135. Just buy it!

Amazon.32817384
14 July 2017
4.0/10

I got this in 2015 for $281, price went up i guess. I would not recommend this lens especially with a price increase ... If you will be needing a lens for shooting a family or kids, anything movimg or if you will be using as hand held ..

Crutchfield.32829990
31 October 2016
10/10

Pro:Sharp wide open. THE best bokeh.Focus lock. Aperture ring great for video.Excellent build quality. Fast focus.Con:Expensive, a bit of too heavy.Regarding the focus noise others have been complaining about:It is not loud at all but audible from close distance.

Sony.33706150
17 December 2012

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 short.

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    Fast, flexable, sharp short tele lens.

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    A bit heavy, but to be expected.

Amazon.32817386
16 April 2017
10/10

Wow amazing this is my wisest but most satisfied investment on a lens so far . The bokeh effect is brilliant and the colour is just pop up to your eye and capture anyone's attention. I would say it's the best lens for portrait and the price is worth every penny. G Master lens by Sony rock !

Amazon.32817384
15 April 2017
8.0/10

Good lens, especially for the money. Manual focus gets very tricky especially at wide apertures but that's to be expected. Small problem is that the lens won't work if it's properly fastened on the camera.

Amazon.32817384
28 March 2017
10/10

This is a great lens at a bargain price. Construction is sturdy, focus chip is spot on. Photos are as sharp as any Nikon branded lens I have used, including 24-70 & 70-200 2.8 versions. Does not have VR or motorized autofocus.

B h photo.32817553
16 March 2017
8.0/10

I LIKE THE LEN I just don't love it , may be in 6 Months , the summer will be here .

Amazon.32817386
4 March 2017
10/10

If you are a pro and/or a well funded E-Mount shooter, don't hesitate, buy it. A fabulous 85 mm with very fast/accurate auto-focus despite all the fantastic glass packed inside. If not, try the "slightly" more economical (manual) Sanyang F1.4: I really don't think you'll be disappointed either way.

Amazon.32817386
1 February 2017
10/10

♦ Introduction ♦ The G Master Lens series by Sony are their top of the range and some of their most expensive lenses available, so as a hobbyist I was truly stuck whether to go for the or lens as I could only afford one, though to be honest, both have received EXTREMELY positive reviews in regards...

Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • For Sony Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coating
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Focus Mode Switch
  • Focus Hold Button
  • 0.13x Magnification
9.0/10
Average Expert Score
9.6/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Carrying Case
  • ALC-SH0002 Lens Hood for 85mm f/1.4 Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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