The fast 85mm lens occupies a magical place in the hearts of many, but what does the Zeiss Milvus add? Damien Demolder finds out

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Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4

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Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review

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£1,379.00

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Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review: Verdict

Size really does matter when it comes 
to optics for full-frame cameras, and while carrying a big and heavy lens around is 
not always an attractive proposition, the quality that this particular big, heavy lens produces makes the inconvenience more than worthwhile. It outperforms other 85mm fast aperture lenses on every count – it looks fantastic, it feels fantastic and its images are filled with sharp detail and well-corrected aberrations.

Zeiss Milvus 85mm f_1.4

The weight of those 11 large elements is directly related to the level of correction that is applied, and the lengthening of the optical path that creates the extensive barrel proportions is what helps to make corners almost as sharp as the centre and which banishes chromatic fringing. This really is a costly piece of equipment, but if you want the best you 
will appreciate what this lens offers. Once used, others diminish by comparison. It is the finest 85mm around.

Details

Filter diameter:77mm
Lens elements:11
Groups:9
Aperture:f/1.4
Minimum focus:80cm
Length:110mm
Diameter:90mm
Weight:1,210g
Lens mount:Canon EF, Nikon F
  1. 1. Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review: Introduction
  2. 2. Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review: Features
  3. 3. Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review: Image quality
  5. 5. Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  6. 6. Zeiss Milvus 
85mm f/1.4 review: Verdict
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