by Tim Fok | 9th September 2016
The Zeiss Milvus line up has been expanded with the introduction of three new primes – the 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2.0. It was this time last year that Zeiss announced a new format for Canon EF and Nikon mount lenses: the Milvus range was to be built upon the foundations of the popular ZE and ZF lenses. For some of their focal lengths, a spruce up in improving the optics, coatings and build was in order. In other cases, the lens was rebuilt from the ground up. Last year we were told the original release were ‘just the 6 for now’ but, as promised, we are now seeing three new lenses to the Milvus line-up. The new Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 and 18mm f/2.8 complete the wide angle department, 21mm previously being the widest available Milvus lens. Both new wide angles are popular existing Zeiss focal lengths, previously found in the ZE, ZF and CP2 lines. Unlike the 18mm CP2, however, both new Milvus wide angles are suitable for up to full frame 24X36mm sensors. The 18mm f/2.8 Milvus is one of the lenses that has been completely rebuilt. It’s predecessor ZE/ZF version was 2/3 stop slower, as it used some older technology in its construction. The 15mm focal length is a fairly new development for Zeiss, and the 15mm Milvus uses existing technology to form the structure. The 135mm f/2.0 is a welcome addition to the Milvus family also, taking over from the 100m f/2 Macro as the longest available Milvus Lens. The Zeiss Milvus are a very robust stills lens line, with an all-metal housing and weather sealed with the signature Zeiss blue gasket. They’re also a good weight in the hand, and much heavier than their Canon L series counterparts. There is also a 50mm f/1.4 ZE lens for EF and Nikon cameras is also available to pre-order too. The Nikon mount versions have a manual aperture, and are reverse barrelled for focusing when compared to Cinema and Canon lenses. The Canon versions lose the manual aperture for electronic only, as unfortunately a Canon protocol prevents the lenses from having both (it’s frustrating to not have correctly rotating focus wheels and manual aperture!). You can check out the new Milvus lenses at IBC if you’re in Amsterdam for the weekend. They are also available to pre-order from CVP and B&H!Read more
by Tim Fok | 10th September 2015
Zeiss has announced the Milvus line, a premium set of lenses designed for Canon EF and Nikon F. They are thing of beauty, a full set of manual focus lenses for Canon EF and Nikon F mount. They take on Zeiss’ sleek new design found with the Loxia, Batis and Otus lines. Being an owner of the 35mm f/2.0 Loxia I can confirm these lenses will be extremely well built, a lovely damped focus ring and solid constructed metal build. Zeiss announces near enough a full set from the go: 21mm, 35mm, 50mm, 50mm Macro, 85mm and 100mm Macro. Time will tell where these sit with the rest of Zeiss’ stills lenses. They’re not in Otus territory but are in a good position to super speed the current ZE and ZF lines. The Zeiss Milvus ZE for Canon EF will be electronically compatible; aperture adjustment will be via the camera body as per normal. Same for Nikon F but with the addition of a manual iris ring at the back for older body adaption. Like the Loxia line, the aperture ring on the Zeiss Milvus ZF.2s will be both smooth and clicked (user can switch between the two with a simple tool). The blue rubber seal signifies that the Zeiss Milvus are weather-sealed lenses. Each of the lens hoods will be felt lined and barrels have focus markings and model names etched onto the metal housing. Check out each independent lens in the line up below: Zeiss Milvus ZE for Canon EF Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 ZE Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M ZE Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M ZE Zeiss Milvus ZF for Nikon F Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M ZF.2 Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M ZF.2Read more
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