ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 7 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Complex Planar Optical Design
  • Floating Elements System
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F

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ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 overview

  • 1Description

A prime portrait-length lens characterized by its complex Planar construction, the Nikon F mount Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens 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 also used, for consistent performance throughout the focusing and aperture ranges, 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 difficult lighting conditions.

Its manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. This ZF.2 lens also features a manual aperture ring that can be manually de-clicked for silent, stepless switching between aperture setting to benefit video applications. 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.

This 85mm f/1.4 lens is designed for FX format Nikon F mount DSLRs, and can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also offers extensive control over depth of field.
Complex Planar optical design features seven anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to significantly reduce chromatic aberrations for increased sharpness and clarity.
Unique spherical design produces an especially smooth quality of bokeh to benefit portraiture and selective focus applications.
Floating elements system maintains consistent performance when working with both close-up and distant subjects.
Enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating controls ghosting and flare for high contrast, color-neutral imagery.
Manual focus design is benefitted by laser-engraved focusing and depth of field scales, along with an IR position dot and hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
The manual aperture ring has clicked indicators throughout aperture range. Using the included De-Click Tool, this ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
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 85mm f/1.4 specs

Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.3
Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
Autofocus No
Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.54 x 4.33" / 90 x 110 mm
Weight 2.67 lb / 1.21 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 6.772 x 5.354"

ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 reviews

Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sleek & built like a tank Out of a plethora of lenses for my D810 this is just sublime. The build quality blows away any Nikon gold ring lens and third parties. The smooth focusing ring is a nice touch for myself as it doesn't dig in after a full days usage. The long throw makes manual focusing a breeze for stills. The drawback to this lens thus far would be the weight, but being an all metal construction it's expected. Also the fact that the focus ring is almost the entire body can make mounting and dismounting a slow and steady process.
Date published: 2015-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Portrait Lens! I bought this for my portrait work and it is outstanding. I like the extra focus throw as it helps to dial things in a bit. The sharpness wide open is outstanding and can only be matched or beaten by the Otus. It is pretty heavy but something I can deal with considering the performance.
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jaw dropping experience I have Canon 85L II, Nikon 35mm 1.4G and now this lens. First impression, the lens built like a tank. I have several Zeiss lens and have always love their high quality built. Matte Black finish is quite interesting when I get used to the glossy black previously. This lens is heavy, but pair well with my D810. It will probably better with pro body like D4 or D4S. The lens is sharp at F1.4, I found no CA at wide open and shoot against the harsh sunlight. The background is creamy and the image popped out like 3D with this lens. However, the light bokeh is not round, it shaped more like a football. The manual focus is pretty accurate when pair with the range finder system on Nikon cameras. However, the focus ring has pretty long throw due to precision focusing. It will take some practice to get used to it. But once you master it, it will be pretty easy. About the colors it produce, oh boy, I feel like I found gold. The colors are wonderful, and for my personal taste, I like a little saturate colors it produces. But if you shoot RAW, it really doesn't matter. I shoot both Jpeg and RAW at the same time, BTW. In conclusion, it is worth every penny (a lot of pennies) for this lens. From the design (the look), the built, the glass, you can't go wrong with this lens.
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lens I love this lens. Paired with the D810 it is amazing. It has very low CA or fringing issues. It does have a little magenta tint in out of focus areas wide open. But for a purely spherical lens, it is amazing. I look forward to investing in more of the Milvus line. I just wish the Otus 55 was weather sealed, as the Milvus 50 1.4 has some major fringing issues from my tests.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in Class Image Quality with a Catch This lens has no flaws, but it very much magnifies any error the user makes. I don't see this as a problem with the product?hence the 5-star rating?but I do feel I should share my experience. This lens is insanely sharp wide open for its class, and the quality of its bokeh is sublime, as is the transition between in focus and out of focus areas. The obstacle I ran into was that I could only ever get the full quality this lens had to offer 100% of the time when shooting from a tripod. Of course, I knew going in that this is a manual focus lens. I have plenty of experience focusing manually, but I'd always done so with film equipment or with old glass on my new digital bodies. In such cases, very minute differences in focusing were not as apparent due to the softer image. While I had no issue with camera shake (just use an appropriate shutter speed), I found that while shooting wide open, I would regularly not achieve absolutely perfect focus because I or my subject would move very slightly between achieving focus and releasing the shutter. Because depth of field at f/1.4 at 85mm is so thin at a portrait shooting distance, any movement, even very small, of either myself or subject would push the shot out of focus enough that the Milvus's supreme sharpness would not come through. Working from a tripod solved all problems when working with a landscape or still life, but I still sometimes had problems with subjects moving. In the end, while this is an absolute masterpiece of optical engineering and manufacturing, I returned the lens, opting instead for the newly released Nikon 105mm f/1.4E and it's autofocus. The Milvus 85mm is fantastic, but I prefer shooting handheld and could only nail focus 100% of the time at f/2.8 or smaller at close focusing distance. While not a problem with the lens, I decided it wasn't versatile enough for my needs. However, if you're a master of manual focus and/or always shoot from a tripod, I recommend this lens most highly.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I wanted to really love this lens, but didn't. Attached to a Nikon D750 it was tack sharp . . . BUT, and here's the problem with it, I compared it head-to-head with a Panasonic/Leica 42.5mm 1.2 on an Olympus OMD E-M1 (equivalent to 85mm on a 35mm camera). Both were mounted on a RRS tripod with Arca-Swiss ball head. Identical IOS, apertures, and shutter speeds. Processed RAW images in Capture One Pro 9. The Leica was sharper (corner to corner) with better contrast . Surprised the heck out of me. So, I returned the Milvus and will continue to use the Leica for portrait work. (And, the Leica is autofocus, too, and image stabilized although for this comparison I used manual focus.)
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Been using Zeiss on my Hasselblad since 1969, still the best Portraits taken with this lens jump at you! Compare it to any other: Nikkor, Leitz, f1.8 or f1.4, special portrait lens or no, this is just a very special lens. Heavy, very long throw on the manual focus but, oh. what an image!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great portrait lens This lens is far superior to the Nikon 85mm f1.4 G in image quality, the only thing lacking is auto focus which would be helpful for children portraits, however for adult portraits it is absolutely stunning at f1.4.
Date published: 2016-02-21
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Designed for use with:

  • Nikon D4s
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D7500
  • Nikon D800E
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D810A
  • Nikon D850
  • Nikon Df
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