What do you do when you dream comes true?
Sony and Zeiss have had a long standing relationship. Some people have said that Sony own a part of the Zeiss name, others have said Sony own part of Tamron and that the Sony Zeiss lenses are made by Tamron with Zeiss as quality control. I personally don’t know the finer details,but it makes sense for a camera manufacturer to invest in such firms or at least develop a good partnership.
Back when Minolta pulled out of the camera market, my dream lens was the Minolta 85mm 1.4 G D. When Sony announced they were taking over from Minolta, one of the first questions people asked was “will get Sony bring out Zeiss lenses?”. Latter, the Zeiss 85mm 1.4 Planar T* ZA was announced, I knew I just had to have one. Over the last few years I have used this lens a few times and each time I felt like I was 8 years old and just got a big box of Lego. Earlier this year, we were on the way back from New Zealand and had an 8 hour stopover in Singapore (Changi airport just happened to have a Sony Style store in the departure lounge) . In a fleeting moment of weakness my Visa card fell onto the counter and the lens was packed. I have now had the lens for a while and can say that I still feel like I’m an 8 years old that just got a big box of Lego every time I use it.
The basic design of the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 has seen many incarnations over time starting in the ancient Contax C/Y era via the also gone Contax N-system and now for Sony, but only the Sony version supports Auto focus.
- Aperture (Max.) : f/1.4
- Aperture (Min.) : f/22
- Aspheric Elements : no aspheric
- Blades : 9 aperture blades
- Depth-of-Field : Yes
- Distance Encoder : Yes
- Distance Scale : Yes
- Filter Diameter : 72 mm
- Focal Length : APS: 127.5 mm
- Focus-hold Button : Yes
- Lens Groups-Elements : 7 groups, 8 elements
- Lens Type : Standard & Medium Telephoto
- Magnification : x 0.13
- Minimum Focus Distance : 2′ 10” (85cm)
- Non-rotating Focusing Ring : Yes