ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE8514MZE • MFR #2096-561
ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Seven Low Dispersion Elements
  • Planar Optical Design
A prime portrait-length lens characterized by its complex Planar construction, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS features a fast maximum aperture along with a unique spherical design to produce especially smooth bokeh for selective focus applications. The Planar design incorporates seven anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to nearly eliminate chromatic aberrations and other distortions for clean, well-corrected imagery. A floating elements system is used, too, for consistent performance throughout the focusing range, in order to achieve even sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
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ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Overview

A prime portrait-length lens characterized by its complex Planar construction, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS features a fast maximum aperture along with a unique spherical design to produce especially smooth bokeh for selective focus applications. The Planar design incorporates seven anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to nearly eliminate chromatic aberrations and other distortions for clean, well-corrected imagery. A floating elements system is used, too, for consistent performance throughout the focusing range, in order to achieve even sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

The manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. Additionally, Milvus-series lenses also feature an equally aesthetic and durable frosted, anodized metal lens-barrel surface along with a weather-sealed construction to protect against dust and moisture.

Short telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 136mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
Seven anomalous partial dispersion elements are used to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
Unique spherical design produces an especially smooth quality of bokeh to benefit portraiture and selective focus applications.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 2.6' to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales along with hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
Weather-resistant construction includes internal seals to guard against dust and moisture as well as a blue sealing ring at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.

ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View29°
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification0.12x
Optical Design11 Elements in 9 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.54 x 4.45" / 90 x 113 mm
Weight2.82 lb / 1280 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.21 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.6 x 6.6 x 5.65"
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Okay, silly question: If I purchase the milvus ...

Okay, silly question: If I purchase the milvus 50mm 1.4 and mount it on my APS-C, will I get a similar/close rendition as the Milvus 85mm on full-frame? Any thoughts, experiences? Or how's about the 85mm Milvus on an APS-C?
Asked by: Henry
Can you explain further what you mean by "similar / close rendition"? The primary difference will be the angle of view. There is a good explanation on the B&H Explora site, which you can read at: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/content/field-view-how-your-lens-and-sensor-collaborate
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2019-02-08

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Would it be correct to assume that the clicks aperture control on these lenses applies only to the Nikon mount, not the Canon?
Asked by: Thomas
The canon version does not have an f/stop ring and the Nikon version does. The Nikon version also comes with a tool so you can convert the f/stop ring to de-clicked.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-26

I love Zeiss lenses & currently own milvus 25mm & ...

I love Zeiss lenses & currently own milvus 25mm & APO Sonnar 135mm lenses. I currently have Sigma 85mm Art lens & thinking of buying a Milvus 85mm or Sigma 105mm Art lens & sell 85mm Art later. I shoot portraits using live view, so manual focus is not an issue. From purely optical quality perspective, which lens is the better in terms of bokeh, color, micro contrast, sharpness an subject separation ability?
Asked by: manoj
My recommendation is to rent the lens and compare. Many of the attributes you call out are subjective and cannot be measured / compared between brands. The only way to know for sure is a side-by-side comparison using the same camera, lighting and subject matter.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2020-04-30

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I never used manual focus lens - if I buy it and it did not work to me - can I return it without ANY problems ?
Asked by: Osha N.
Should you be dissatisfied with an order, you have 30 days from date of purchase to make a return with all of the original materials included. Full details on our return policy can be found at the following link: http://bhpho.to/19fUBwL
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Hello. I have a question about the warranty on this Zeiss Milvus lens. Does it come with international warranty? (I live in Australia.)
Asked by: Anonymous
The warranty for this lens is USA only, however you have the option to add additional coverage through a company called Square Trade, which provides international coverage. More information regarding the coverage, terms and conditions of the Square Trade protection plans can be found at the following link: http://bhpho.to/1fMHaTB
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-11-12

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Is there noticeable focus breathing?
Asked by: William
I own this lens for Nikon, but I can tell you there is some. I just saw this question and to double check I threw it on my D5 and tripod and alined an object. But here's the crazy thing compared to most lenses that lose magnification with closer focus, this one actually gains magnification. So in other words the object was at it's smallest at infinity, as you move towards minimum focus the object (besides general blur from being out of focus) expands slightly. This is minimal however and I have never personally had issue with it being I use this lens a lot for reproducing artwork.
Answered by: Joel A.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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would this lens have focus conformation on the canon 5DS?
Asked by: cindy
Confirmation. Yes. The focus points will light up when in focus.
Answered by: Einar S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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is this len manual focus?
Asked by: ara m.
Yes
Answered by: David T.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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