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    Opinions on Zeiss C/Y 85mm Planar?

    Hey folks.
    I'm considering an 85mm for my 159mm (and EOS via adapter) and am looking at the 1.4 Planar. The 2.8 Sonnar is a possibility but I like to go as fast as I can afford because I prefer natural light whenever possible.

    Anyone lived with the 1.4 Planar for awhile and care to offer an opinion or comparisons to other 85's from any manufacturer?
    I do have a 1.8 for EOS but want to try something else despite that EF 85 1.8 being great.

    This would be for shooting people at the larger aperture range.

    Thanks to all.

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    What do you want to know? It's phenomenal as is pretty much the whole line of Zeiss C/Y lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    What do you want to know? It's phenomenal as is pretty much the whole line of Zeiss C/Y lenses.
    What he said.

    For portraits, I can't think of a better lens.

    I don't own it because I can't afford it, and because my other c/y lenses suit my needs. I have its little brother, the planar 50 1.4. Closed down to f5.6, it yields one very sharp and 3-D image. I think you will see a more natural reproduction of colors using the Zeiss over your Canon lens, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    What do you want to know? It's phenomenal as is pretty much the whole line of Zeiss C/Y lenses.
    Mostly if it is sharp wide open. Most fast glass I've used in the 50mm range is somewhat compromised wide open which I understand can sometimes be unavoidable. Although my 135L is stellar even at f/2... so basically how it performs wide open.

    Also bokeh (there I said it) characteristics. Does it exhibit any nervousness if the bg is extra cluttered?

    Just asking opinions although I didn't think anyone would malign it.
    Only CY lens I own at the moment is the 50 1.4 planar.

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    I'll see about digging up some scanned shots I have using this lens and maybe even shoot a new roll of B&W wide-open people shots this weekend...
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    Just shot a roll of Tri-X and APX25 at the breakfast table with the 85/1.4 Planar wide open. Will try to develop later today or tomorrow and try to scan some by tomorrow night.
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    Wow, thanks Rich.
    I'm hopefully going to go for it early this coming week.
    I've just been in the DR today printing a few shots from the 50 1.4.
    Skin tones are soooo smooth even in 135

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    There was also an f/1.2 version

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    Ok, just souped the film in HC-110 and it's hanging to dry. Some change of plan: I shot another roll (this time Plus-X) later this morning of my little girl and wife in the playground while my son was having his swim lesson. I did not soup the APX25 today after all so I'll have shots indoors at a bright breakfast table all wide open on Tri-x and a roll shot at f/2.0 to f/5.6 taken on Plus-x outdoors in mid-morning sunlight. I did a 5-6 frame "test" of bokeh" for you on the Plus-X by focusing on my daughter at about 2 feet or so away and then shot a house and trees across the street leaving the lens at the close focus and shot a frame at f/1.4, 2.0, 2.8, 4.0 and 5.6 so you can see identical out of focus elements at all those f/stops. Also took one of the same scene in sharp focus. Anyway, got some friends coming for a BBQ soon so depending how late that goes and how much wine I have I'll either do some scanning late tonight or tomorrow, maybe tomorrow night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemuir View Post
    Wow, thanks Rich.
    I'm hopefully going to go for it early this coming week.
    I've just been in the DR today printing a few shots from the 50 1.4.
    Skin tones are soooo smooth even in 135
    Yeah, a real beauty. Sold mine a few years back when I was more budget-constrained and found the 50/1.7 to be quite the awesome lenses itself and felt I did not need both. That was back when you could get a 50/1.7 for $90 from KEH and the 50/1.4 at maybe $175-200. Have you seen the KEH prices for all the Contax C/Y glass these days? Glad I stocked up 10 years ago on the 35/2.8 PC, aforementioned 50/1.7, 60/2.8 Planar and 85/1.4. Also on an expensive whim picked up the 100-300 Vario-Sonnar too back then. i think it's my sharpest lens I've ever used. It's simply amazing. Oh, and nailed the 180/2.8 from KEH for about $300 a month or so ago. Been lusting after that puppy for years and finally pulled the trigger. KEH had it classified as UG because of a nick on the barrel, but NOTHING else wrong otherwise. Just souped my first roll with that lens and I am excited to see the results.
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