Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

Model #2096-561

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Weight 2.82 lb (1.28 kg)
Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.54 x 4.45" (90 x 113 mm)


Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (80 cm)
Focal Length 85mm
Elements/Groups 11/9
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.3
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF


Autofocus No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
28 July 2016

The Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85 delivers exceptional sharpness and is sure to make photographers who prefer the feel of a purely mechanical manual focus lens quite happy.

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    Dim corners at wide apertures., Expensive., Manual focus isn't for everyone.

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    Very sharp, even at f/1.4., Negligible distortion., Superb build quality., Dust- and splash-resistant design., Available for Canon and Nikon SLRs.

User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
10 June 2017

The ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE is a very good lens. The color reproduction is really outstanding with ZEISS lenses. I just sold my 3 (three) SIGMA art lenses because I could easily see that the ZEISS offers superior color quality. If you want real professional results go with the ZEISS products.

4 January 2018

After researching for 85 prime , I stumbled on this . I have not own a Zeiss lens before, but I have hear a lot of amazing reviews about it so I gave it a try. The canon 85 mm 1.4 L is another option, however, for the price, this is the bang for the buck item.

B h photo.34921152
13 March 2019

I am. full-time professional videographer/photographer and I purchased this lens primarily for videography and I have had the opportunity to use it a few times now and I absolutely love the image from this lens! It creates a gorgeous creamy bokeh, and has a lovely tonal quality to the entire image.

18 March 2016

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Milvus ZE lives up to everything I had read in reviews of this lens. The sharpness, detail, bokeh and creamy soft backgrounds are absolutely beautiful. I have not had much time to play with the lens but I am already loving this lens.

B h photo.34921152
2 January 2019

My top concern was the manual focusing as I shoot my portraits wide open, usually F1.4-F2. But up to now, all my images from this superb lens are super sharp and in focus. The image quality is amazing.

B h photo.34921152
19 June 2016

This lens will blow the Canon 85 f/1.2 out of the water. Color, bokeh, and build quality for less money. I love the manual focus it really brings back the art of framing.

B h photo.34921152
29 December 2015

This is my first Zeiss lens. It is everything that I had ever read about.

22 March 2017

First impression... Just received it today! I've been deliberating about this for quite some time, watching review after review. I was leaning towards the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L USM.....

B h photo.34921152
25 January 2017

Done deal. nope.

B h photo.34921152
25 April 2016

This line of Zeiss lenses rivals the Otus line at a fraction of the cost. Optic truths revealed within this heavy, yet beautifully manufactured lens. I love the images it produces. It has that punchy, contrasty Zeiss look with great color rendition and nice bokeh.

Product Highlights
  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame 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
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
In The Box
  • Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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