Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Vs. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM from ThePhoblographer

ziess milvus 85mm 1.4 vs sigma 85mm f 1.4

ThePhobloggrapher has made a comparison review on the new announced Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 lens ($1,799 at B&H Photo Video & Adorama) and Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens ($969 at Amazon & B&H & Adorama).

Conclusions from ThePhobloggrapher:


  • Zeiss has superior build quality with a metal exterior and weather sealing.
  • Sigma has autofocusing and therefore is easier to use. It also is lighter to hold.
  • Zeiss wins in terms of sharpness but both lenses are remarkably similar when it comes to the bokeh, color rendition and fringing control.
  • What you’re paying for with the Zeiss lens is the better build quality, weather sealing, and better versatility as being a still and video lens due to the longer focusing throw. If that is very important to you, then this lens may be work being almost twice the price. It also depends on if your work demands the extra performance.
  • With the Sigma, you’re really just going for what could be the best autofocusing 85mm lens in the business for DSLR cameras. If your work doesn’t demand such high performance, then you’ll be more than satiated with the Sigma.

Read full comparison review at ThePhobloggrapher.