The new Zeiss Milvus lenses target high-resolution Canon and Nikon DSLRs

Sep 10, 2015

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The new Zeiss Milvus lenses target high-resolution Canon and Nikon DSLRs

Sep 10, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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milvus_lineup Zeiss has launched its new line of full frame primes for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, called Milvus, with no less than six new lenses being announced today.

Using an adapter, the Milvus lenses can also be used with Sony’s α7 mirrorless system.

The lenses’ high contrast rendition, uniform color characteristics and low level of stray light are said to make them ideal for HDR videos and resolutions of 6K and above.

Ranging in focal length from 21mm to 100mm, including two macro lenses, all the Milvus lenses are manually focused.

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Promising “superior optical performance”, the Milvus lenses will be available in two mounts – ZE for Canon and ZF.2 for Nikon:

  • Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE / ZF.2 – $1,843
  • Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 ZE / ZF.2 – $1,117
  • Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE / ZF.2 – $1,199
  • Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M ZE / ZF.2 (macro) – $1,283
  • Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE / ZF.2 – $1,799
  • Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M ZE / ZF.2 (macro) – $1,843

Other than marketing fluff, Zeiss mentions precise manual focusing, weather sealing (dust and spray water, all-metal barrel, metal lens shade and anti-reflective coating.

The entire line of lenses contains a Floating Elements Design which is said to combat aberrations and different distances. The Zeiss website explains how this design works:

This is achieved by varying the axial distance between individual lens elements or groups. The adjustment of the distance between elements is coupled to the distance setting so that this always results in the right correction.

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Designed with video in mind, the Nikon-mount lenses include an optional ‘de-click’ function that allows smooth and continuous aperture adjustments.

All six of the lenses are expected to start shipping on October 16th and can already be pre-ordered via the links above.

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2 responses to “The new Zeiss Milvus lenses target high-resolution Canon and Nikon DSLRs”

  1. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    I may consider buying a Zeiss lens for my Canon. While I am impressed with the autofocus of the Canon 5D III paired with the 24-105 f4L, I’ve been doing manual focus with film cameras longer than I’ve been doing autofocus. There’s been two separate occasions where I’ve had to switch from autofocus to manual focus: once was at dusk in stop and go traffic, the other was in a conference room.

  2. Frank Nazario Avatar
    Frank Nazario

    as beautiful and superior they are… The art line from Sigma will give them a run for their money… to the point that when shooting the Otus … and the sigma 50.14 you will be very very highly pressed to justify what you see pixel peeping as a difference between them.
    Photography for many of us is a business businesses run with ROI in the forefront all the time. Sigma Art line will deliver an image quality that will definitively be at par and in some instances be superior to the Z lenses… at a more affordable price point per project.