ZEISS Milvus 1.4/85 – Review by John Riley
John Riley was testing the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/85 lens. Read more to get to the full review at www.ephotozine.com
by John Riley
The wide aperture 85mm lens is something of a classic, having been accepted as the ideal portrait lens for many decades. It is also usually the length that offers the pinnacle of any manufacturer’s lens making skills, so we can expect a very high standard as the norm. It will be very interesting to see how this new and complex variation on the Planar design performs and whether or not the lack of AF is a serious drawback.
The Milvus 1.4/85 is a Planar-based design, the Planar being a symmetrical lens of large aperture designed in 1896 and basically unsurpassed even today. It has 11 elements in 9 groups, eight of which are Anomalous Partial Dispersion glass. The elements are a floating design, meaning that they move relative to each other as we focus, thus maintaining performance at all distances. The ZEISS website bills the 85mm as “The Champion of Bokeh”, a laudable sentiment for a lens in this classic focal length, extensively used for portraiture.
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