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

BH #ZE8514MZF2 • MFR #2096-560
ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX 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 Nikon F-mount Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 Nikon F-mount Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 127.5mm 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.
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 Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
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 4.33" / 90 x 110 mm
Weight2.66 lb / 1210 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.6 x 7 x 5.5"
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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

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

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How does this lens differ from the older Planar 85mm lens?
Asked by: jeb
I never had the old 85mm f1.4. The last time I used Zeiss on 35mm was when I owned Contarexes in the 1980's. I shot some images last Sunday. It will take some getting used to: it IS heavy but I used mainly medium format so that is not a big deal. The balance with a Nikon D2X is decent. Will have to get used to the very long throw on the focus --- feels like you are focusing forever to get close. The images appear to be top-drawer --- the Zeiss bokeh with saturated colors is there. (Forgot- I had a Contax RTS-2 system but had to make sure the lenses were Zeiss-Germany, not Zeiss Japan. Overall, very positive. May wax rhapsodic later.
Answered by: N David B.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Does it have weather sealing gasket?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes it does according to the information provided by Zeiss.
Answered by: David S.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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