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Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

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Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T* review: specs and price

Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*
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Why is Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T* better than the average?

  • Widest aperture at maximum focal length
    1.4fvs3.81f
  • Widest aperture
    f/1.4 vsf/3.0072916666666667
  • Smallest aperture at maximum focal length
    22fvs21.76f
  • Sharpness result
    16P-MPixvs10.5P-MPix
  • Distortion
    0.2%vs0.42%
  • Chromatic aberration
    4µmvs8.83µm
  • Aperture blades
    9vs7.3
  • Minimum angle of view
    19°vs36.67°

General info

1.Weather sealed
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.

2.has or is a prime lens
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.

3.Has a metal mount
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

4.weight

560g

Best

Samsung NX-M 9mm F3.5 ED

31g

5.Includes lens hood
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.

6.Lens hood is reversible
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

The lens hood can screw onto the lens in reverse so that you can keep it on your camera at all times, ready to use.

Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.

2.minimum angle of view

19°

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

Best

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II

4.1°

3.maximum angle of view

29°

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

Best

Samyang 8mm F/2.8 UMC Fish-eye

180°

4.optical zoom

1x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

Best

Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 ED OIS

11x

5.magnification

0.1x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Best

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH

14x

Aperture

1.widest aperture at maximum focal length

1.4f

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Leica Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH

1.4f

2.widest aperture

f/1.4

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Leica Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH

f/1.4

3.smallest aperture at maximum focal length

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS

40f

4.aperture blades

9

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

Best

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

11

5.smallest aperture at minimum focal length

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 OSS LE

40f

6.Has rounded aperture blades
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

2.Can focus to infinity
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.

3.minimum focus distance

0.8m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

Best

Samsung NX 10mm F3.5 Fisheye

0.09m

Benchmarks

1.sharpness result

16P-MPix

The sharpness result from the DxOMark set of metrics. This result is based on the MTF (modulation transfer function) measurement, and gives an overall indication of the sharpness of images produced by the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Zeiss Batis 25mm F2

22P-MPix

2.distortion

0.2%

The distortion result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Distortion in the lens refers to the variation of magnification throughout the image. More distortion will result in straight lines being recorded incorrectly in the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

0.2%

3.chromatic aberration

4µm

The lateral chromatic aberration result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results in color fringing along edges within the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

4µm

4.vignetting

-1.5

The vignetting result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Vignetting refers to when the brightness of an image changes from the center towards the edges, resulting in darkened corners. A result of 0 is perfect and the image will have no vignetting. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6

-0.6

5.transmission

1.6TStop

The transmission result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Transmission refers to the amount of light that reaches the sensor through all of the glass elements of a lens, with a lower TStop signifying more light. This is important as less light reaching the sensor can lead to the requirement of higher ISOs or slower shutter speeds. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T*

1.6TStop

6.DxOMark score

33

DxOMark is a set of tests to measure the performance and quality of lenses and cameras. The DxOMark score is the overall score given to the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.

Best

Zeiss Batis 25mm F2

39

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