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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
Lens Format CoverageFull-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"

ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

Absolute Game Changer

By Gerhard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-21

Status: Enthusiast. I'am using this lens on a Nikon D850 and shoot raw. Also use Zeiss Milvus 100mm and the Zeiss Milvus 135mm and they are also in their own right spectacular lens. But the Zeiss Milvus 85mm is in a class of it's own. Incredibly sharp. Please do not let the lack of auto focus be a deterrent. I have grown to like the manual focus better than auto focus, the precision and the length of the focus throw is so precise you are on target a great percent of the time. Please note these lenses are in my opinion for slow and deliberate photography which is most pleasing for me. I use them with a tripod. The color rendition is nothing short of phenomenal. The samples I have provided are from the Zeiss Milvus 85mm /1.4 for Nikon mount and have had no post processing color adjustments. Please treat yourself to a Zeiss Milvus they are all special.

My most used telephoto

By M E
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

Perfect for my landscapes. Crazy, ludicrous, sharp. 85mm is my most used tele lens, Never leave home without it. Tripod and technique pays dividends. Really Right Stuff works very well, and remote with mirror lockup.

Surprisingly good.

By M E
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

I shoot landscapes and cityscapes only now, I've used all the Canon L lenses, and they are very good. Switched to all Zeiss over the last 7 years. Sold my Canon 70-200 2.8 L crazy sharp lens to go with Milvus 85 and 135. Had them 3 years now in many locations. The 85 is my fav, and as you know, the reviews for the 135 are incredible. The 85 is razor sharp to the corners at f8-11. I prefer its rendering to the 135 for my landscape style. I have used all the Otus lenses, and agree at 1.4, the Otus in center and edges is a smidge sharper-more contrast. But the out of focus areas of the Milvus 85 are sublime. Smoother than my 135. I'm surprised that I tend to pack the 21 35 85 or 25 35 85 combo the most. Recent 6 week trip out west had about 35% of the images shot with the 85mm. Absolutely a lens I never want to be without. There is just something special about it. Strongly recommend it. If you buy on sale, unbelievable value for cost.

Milvus 85mm F1.4 for Canon

By Jermaine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-25

I purchased this lens to Pair with my Canon EOS R6. I have not been disappointed with lens it's definitely a skill to Manual focus but you should not let that deter you from buying the lens. In 2022 it's not the sharpest lens it has to battle agains canon and sigma but it's the best rendering in color and tone I've ever got out of a lens it's becoming one of my go too for portrait.

Exceptional Lens

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-03

This is a truly wonderful lens when used properly. I shoot with a Nikon D850 and appreciate how this lens adds a crispness/pop to my portraits. The lens is stellar if you have the patience for manual focus (MF). Hand held can be difficult given the relative weight of the lens combined with MF. Moving subject are tough, but not impossible, if you are willing to work on focusing skills. Both color rendition and sharpness of images is very very good.

Excellent rendering and color

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-04

Excellent rendering and color. I like this lens a lot.

Heavy perfection

By Eugueny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

This lens is better optically than my Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH. Absolutely perfect wide-open on a 60mp sensor on my Sony camera (I use an F-mount adapter). However, this lens is nearly 3x heavier and bigger than the Summilux, which severely limits its usefulness. I see it as an optically perfect lens for low-light situations and shoot it exclusively in f/1.4 to f/2 range. If that's your case, you'll love it!

Simply amazing

By Eugueny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

Some context: I am coming from 10+ years of shooting Canon's L-lenses on the EOS mount, and Leica M lenses. I needed a fast 85mm lens for my 60MP Sony A7R IV as well as my Nikon film cameras. I used to have Canon's take on this, their 85mm f/1.2L and was looking for something similar in the F-mount. This lens is shocking. First, it is the heaviest prime lens I have ever owned. It is much bigger and heavier than Nikon's own 105mm or 85mm AI-S primes. Definitely not an every day lens, more like a tool for special occasions. I was prepared for this, and I was ready to sacrifice portability to get that f/1.4 aperture. It is so heavy and bulky that my Nikon F3 can't even sit straight with this lens mounted. The barrel is so wide, it tilts on one side. Second, I was absolutely blown away by its performance at f/1.4. None of Canon L-lenses I've ever owned could deliver this at this aperture, or even smaller. At f/1.4 this Zeiss outperforms a pair of Leica Summiluxes I have. And finally, the build quality is out of this world. I prefer this lens construction to everything else I own, including not only premium 35mm choices mentioned above, but also Hasselblad/Zeiss lenses for the V-mount. Basically, the weight and bulk are the only weaknesses this lens has, even it's price is appropriate given its performance.

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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.)
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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: Tom
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: 2021-11-17

Where is this lens made?

Where is this lens made?
Asked by: Bernard E.
The ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE for Canon EF is made in Japan
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2021-11-29

I'm thinking of buying this lens, but the weight ...

I'm thinking of buying this lens, but the weight is important to me. Is it true that its real weight is much lower than that declared by the manufacturer (1165 g vs 1280 g)?
Asked by: Luke
The ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF is 1280 g (45.15 oz) . The Nikon mount version is slightly lighter at 1210 g (42.68 oz).
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-02-24

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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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