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Carl Zeiss Milvus 85 mm f/1.4

Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Model Milvus 85 mm f/1.4
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 29 o
Closest focusing distance 0.8 m
Maximum magnification 1:8.3
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 11 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Dimensions 90 x 113 mm
Weight 1280 g
Additional information Announced: 10.09.2015
Data for ZE version
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  1. srk
    srk 11 August 2020, 21:24
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    IP 193.9.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: €165
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: * Big & Heavy * Manual focus works great with mirrorless cameras, which makes you wonder wether they could have made it smaller and ligher * Some fringing wide open (although this helps the lens achieve definitive 3d look) * A miniature area in the very corners has about 20 pixels that would look a bit smudged even if the entire frame is crystal sharp * You must have enough photographic experience to be able to truly appreciate the look the lens has. Once you do, you will be hooked on Milvus lenses and find yourself on the social support line before you even realize it. * Shooting very close can create slightly distracting bokeh, so be careful with busy subjects shot from MFD (flowers, etc). * Huge vignetting wide open

    Pros: * Sharp and punchy across the entire frame makes it great landscape lens and can be used for panoramas (but you may need to close a stop or two). * Nice, distinctive rendering with unique, cinematic colors. * If you know how to, you can get slightly swirled bokeh. Combined with heavy vignetting wide open, it makes it great to focus on the subject. * All-rounder performance - great sharpness for landscapes, gentle rendering for portraits. * Fantastic build quality

    Summary: This is not a lens you would like to carry around all day long, although it will be able to capture every scene you throw at it. It also requires an experience user who can handle both manual focus, and working with the character to take the best of the lens. You can argue that there are few lenses today that can compete with this Milvus for being the ultimate 85mm. Its performance is very convincing and you will be able to mount it on many mirrorless cameras that come and go, while it will still perform flawlessly.

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