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#TheMeasure: Hands-on with the Carl Zeiss Milvus 85mm F1.4

Simon Skinner - 4 years ago

We get hands-on with the Carl Zeiss Milvus 85mm lens, checking out how it handles in the real world and who might use it

The Milvus 85mm has a short telephoto perspective that basically makes it ideal for shooting portraits. 85mm is a big favourite focal length for many shooting portraits and whilst there’s a lot of competition in the market, in the shape of Samyang’s manual-focus 85mm f/1.4 model, and the [rather nice] Sigma 85mm f/1.4 which includes aut0-focus [AF] function – for example.  

The Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 is not a small or lightweight lensBig, dense an. In fact, it’s weighty and with a build quality that you’d expect from a brand such as Zeiss. It feels as though it has been carved from a solid piece of metal. At 1.2kg it isn’t unreasonably heavy, though, only more substantial than most comparable lenses. Watch our latest review in #TheMeasure below:

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.