Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85 ZF.2 Nikon review: The quintessential portrait lens
At around $1800, the Milvus 1.4/85 is composed of 11 elements in 9 groups, using a mix of exotic anomalous partial-dispersion glass types, including what Zeiss calls a “floating elements” design for improved close-focus performance down to 2.62 feet (0.8m). However, unlike the pricier Otus, the new lens shuns an aspherical surface in its optical formula in the pursuit of improving background blur.
Externally, the lens has a much more modern appearance than the lens it replaces, with smooth surfaces, gentle curves, and a shaped hood that matches the body design. Like others in the Milvus line, it features protection from