Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
04-05-2020, 06:22 PM - 5 Likes   #1
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Carl Zeiss Planar 85mm f1.4 ZK T*

I am surprised to find this lens missing from the Archive:





04-05-2020, 06:23 PM - 1 Like   #2
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Original Poster




04-05-2020, 06:39 PM   #3
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
pres589's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Wichita, KS
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,730
How long did it take you to find one of these?
04-05-2020, 06:43 PM - 1 Like   #4
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
How long did it take you to find one of these?
it wasn't so much finding one (they are rare) but finding one that was a reasonable price....

about six months or so... I flirted with buying a Sigma 85/1.4 EX DG, but they seem to be nearly as much in price, so I figured I'd hold out for the Zeiss...

04-05-2020, 06:59 PM - 2 Likes   #5
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Original Poster


04-05-2020, 07:04 PM - 2 Likes   #6
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Original Poster


04-05-2020, 07:08 PM - 1 Like   #7
pjv
Otis Memorial Pentaxian
Moderator
Loyal Site Supporter
pjv's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 7,927
QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
I am surprised to find this lens missing from the Archive:
Not anymore Dave. Excellent pix.

04-05-2020, 07:55 PM   #8
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by pjv Quote
Not anymore Dave. Excellent pix.
thank you - more to come...
04-05-2020, 10:46 PM   #9
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,925
With the DFA pricing of old glass will become much more reasonable. Sigma 1.4/85 as well as the FA and A 1.4/85 are overrated. They are very nice lenses, but low numbers and no modern design as competition result in very high asking prices. The ZK version will always feel special, but check pricing for a used Canon, Nikon version and you know what it is worth.
What will the DPR article on best portrait lenses for Pentax look like? Get the old 77mm design that is still a great performer, but stuck in an old body. Find a 15 year discontinued 85mm lens in mint condition...wait for the new DFA....

Last edited by zapp; 04-05-2020 at 10:52 PM.
04-06-2020, 12:38 AM - 1 Like   #10
hcc
Pentaxian
hcc's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,807
There are 8 user reviews, incl. mine:
Carl Zeiss 85mm F1.4 Planar ZK T* Lens Reviews - Carl Zeiss Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

A great lens IMHO, a bit heavy, but superb IQ and great focus ring sensitivity.

My 5 cents.
04-06-2020, 01:17 AM - 1 Like   #11
Pentaxian
Jome's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2016
Photos: Albums
Posts: 751
@pepperberry farm

Hello,

For the same budget, which of the lens would You have taken:
This lens or the FA* 85/1.4? (I had the two available at the same time but I had only budget for one, so I went for the FA*)
Thank you for the answer.

Kind regards.

J.
04-06-2020, 03:45 AM   #12
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Jome Quote
@pepperberry farm

Hello,

For the same budget, which of the lens would You have taken:
This lens or the FA* 85/1.4? (I had the two available at the same time but I had only budget for one, so I went for the FA*)
Thank you for the answer.

Kind regards.

J.

AF vs MF is not an issue for me at all, but in comparing photos of both, the Zeiss has a depth that the Pentax does not...
04-06-2020, 04:23 AM   #13
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
UncleVanya's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 21,010
QuoteOriginally posted by zapp Quote
With the DFA pricing of old glass will become much more reasonable. Sigma 1.4/85 as well as the FA and A 1.4/85 are overrated. They are very nice lenses, but low numbers and no modern design as competition result in very high asking prices. The ZK version will always feel special, but check pricing for a used Canon, Nikon version and you know what it is worth.
What will the DPR article on best portrait lenses for Pentax look like? Get the old 77mm design that is still a great performer, but stuck in an old body. Find a 15 year discontinued 85mm lens in mint condition...wait for the new DFA....
I used to own the A* and while prices are high, the relative rarity of that lens, the absolutely butter smooth focusing and sharp as a razor image make it a worthwhile lens at the price. In my case poor eyesight made manual focus a challenge. I sold mine and bought the fa 77 (new) and fa 31 (used) - both at fire sale pricing. But even now I miss the feel and look of that lens. My copy was like new and was a joy to behold. However selling it allowed someone else to enjoy it with better eyes for manual focus.
04-06-2020, 04:23 AM - 1 Like   #14
Pentaxian
Jome's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2016
Photos: Albums
Posts: 751
QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
AF vs MF is not an issue for me at all, but in comparing photos of both, the Zeiss has a depth that the Pentax does not...
Thanks (note for me: damn it!)
04-06-2020, 04:39 AM   #15
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 28,786
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Jome Quote
Thanks (note for me: damn it!)
that's also just my opinion and according to my eyes...
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
85mm, 85mm f1.4 zk, camera, carl zeiss, f1.4, farm, flickr, pentax lens, sample photo, zeiss, zeiss planar 85mm, zk
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar) Tom S. Lens Clubs 1344 3 Days Ago 11:03 AM
For Sale - Sold: 3 ZK Lenses: Zeiss 35 mm F2, Zeiss 50 mm F2 Makro, and Zeiss 85 mm F1.4 Planar Vantage-Point Sold Items 10 08-31-2016 08:11 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:03 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top