Wednesday, May 29, 2024

85 f1.4 Carl Zeiss HFT Planar

85 f 1.4 Carl Zeiss HFT Planar


The lens was introduced in QBM mount in 1972/73. Production run of limited 400 pieces for Contarex in 1974 (!!!). It was introduced for Contax CYT mount in 1976.



Strange enough this 85/1.4 and the 35/1.4 are the lenses that I used very little. For 35mm most of the time I would prefer the more compact and less distortion 35/2.8. For telephoto I would prefer the longer 135/2.8.  Nevertheless, this is a very beautiful lens to me just by looking at the front element. Picture wise most of the time I used this lens for taking wedding photography and the lens has so far never disappoint me. The Rollei version of the 35/1.4 and 85/1.4 has triangular aperture blades, something not found on other Zeiss lenses.



Rolleiflex SL 2000 F 85/1.4 HFT Planar Ektapress 100 


Rolleiflex 3003 85/1.4 Carl Zeiss HFT Planar Ektar 11 May 1995 


Jui Zhai Valley China - VSL-3E - Agfa Ultra 50 15 Oct 1998






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