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ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE3514ME • MFR #2111-788
ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Five Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
Characterized by its fast maximum aperture and advanced optical design, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS is a versatile wide-angle prime well-suited to an array of subjects, ranging from portraiture to landscape shooting. Its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture greatly benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field for using selective focus techniques. Complementing the focusing control is a sophisticated Distagon-type optical design, which employs one rear aspherical element and five anomalous partial dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved 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.
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ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Overview

Characterized by its fast maximum aperture and advanced optical design, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS is a versatile wide-angle prime well-suited to an array of subjects, ranging from portraiture to landscape shooting. Its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture greatly benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field for using selective focus techniques. Complementing the focusing control is a sophisticated Distagon-type optical design, which employs one rear aspherical element and five anomalous partial dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved 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.

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.

Wide-angle prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 56mm 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.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Five anomalous partial dispersion elements are used to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
One aspherical element controls distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
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 11.8" 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 35mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length35mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View65°
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Magnification0.22x
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.35 x 4.92" / 85 x 125 mm
Weight2.58 lb / 1174 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.005 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.6 x 6.75 x 5.5"

ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Reviews

Crazy sharp

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-03

I've done a number of reviews of this lens. Very sharp. I've been lazy and shooting my landscapes at f8 and very pleased. But shooting the Maroon Bells after peak sunrise color I played around with f4-7.1. The f4-5.6 was noticeable much sharper. This is with 5dmkiv. Moving to 5dsr to get maximum sharpness from this beast. Just a note, it ilso going back to zeiss for substantial decentering. Even so, excluding decentered corner, exceptional sharpness.

Beautiful images

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-13

I do love this lens. Background. I shoot landscapes/cityscapes semi pro. I upgraded Canon 5d mkiii to mkiv, replaced my Canon trilogy zooms and 24mm tse ii to all Zeiss. I had used the Z21 on the 5dmkiii and was totally in love with my prints up to 24x36. Research told me that my old lenses were not up to the standards of a 36-42-50 megapixel sensor, which is my next bump. I went to Zeiss Milvus 25,35 f1.4,85,135, and kept 21 Distagon. That is a lot of weight to hike with for a 63 year old guy with bad back, knees, and feet, but I have no regrets. The 85,135 are world class lenses in every category-except focus stacking. I am still testing the 25 and 35. The 25 is extremely good and is my most used lens. The 35 stands out as exceptional. The clarity, transparency, contrast, border to edges sharpness, and color, deliver images that are very noticeably better than any of my old lenses, and makes me keep my old favorite, the Zeiss 21, in the case more often. A recent cityscape in an often photographed location just blew me away. I also like using the 35mm focal length to keep subjects larger in the image. It's big, heavy and worth it for me. B&H has supplied the vast majority of my gear for 12 years. Great organization.

An astonishing lens

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-24

Don't ever let people tell you that they don't make them like they used to because here is proof that they do in fact make them better than ever before in Japan. Holy wow, this is such a spectacular lens, from the build quality, mechanics, feel, optics, rendering, color, character, it really has everything I've ever wanted in a 35/1.4. The lens is so good that it reveals details and also flaws in my technique, and pushes me to elevate my technique while also accommodating a new level of imaging that I've never experienced. I mostly use this on a Nikon D810, but have also used it on film SLR bodies. Yes the lens is very sharp, even wide open, but that doesn't begin to describe the beauty of how it renders in 3D...the sharpness is only part of the equation. Objects in a scene that are in focus tend to be contrasty and crispy, while out-of-focus objects melt away with lower contrast. The bokeh effect is thus a combination ofsharpness in addition to contrast. And the transition is smooth as butter. This allows this 35mm lens to produce very nice bokeh subject separation, something I would not ordinarily expect a 35mm lens to do so well. I struggle to produce any CA at any aperture, it is superbly controlled. It is a heavy chunk of metal and glass but you won't mind leaving all your other lenses at home and taking this one by itself. I will never need another 35mm lens again.

Amazing lens

By Katie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-16

Just like other zeiss this one makes otherwise uninspiring pictures pops up. Yes it is sharp. But there's so much more beyond sharpness and I don't see in other lenses.

Another winner for everyone from Zeiss.

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-15

Excellent contrast and wonderful renditioning of landscapes. I own the previous Zf.2 and although its isolation and draw at 1.4 was world class I have to admit I like the new Milvus version better as there is less CA. Looking forward to putting it to work this Autumn here in the Tetons.

wow for the sharpness.

By Nafis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-20

Using it on the fuji GFX system. there is a slight vignette... but the sharpness is AMAZING

Excellent Lens

By Theodore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-11

The Zeiss Milvus 35mm is my second Zeiss lens. The first one spoiled me and the second hasn't disappointed. My use is video with a Nikon D850. 35 years as a producer/shooter/editor and I would rate the two units along any RED, Canon, BM, etc. The lens provides extreme clarity with no distortion or funky edges. Realistic reproduction and the depth of field melts away at 1.4. The metal construction is heavy but also feels solid in your hand. I prefer that over plastic hardware. The 35mm frame and range is pretty versatile from interviews to action shots. I purposely avoid still photography but I would assume the lens performs equally as well in that mode. On to Zeiss lens number three!

Crazy sharp contrast an detail

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-17

I’m using all zeiss milvus primes. The 25 blows the 21 out of the water. And the 21 is amazing. The 35 1.4 testing blows the exceptional 25 away. Editing this week had me in shock with the clarity and detail on canon 5d mkiv. Was a landscape close to distance. Shockingly sharp. I have used the 28 Otus. At f1.4-2 Otus wins. At smaller apertures the 35 is equal. A finer contrast vs heavy handed. Great landscape lens. Does exceptional focus stacking, too.

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This lens is pretty heavy, do I need a tripod collar or something to additionally support it when I mount it on a tripod?
Asked by: Daniel
I would not bother with extra support with this lens.
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Asked by: Lucas
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