I have been extremely fortunate in my career as a professional photographer, but also as a technical expert to have had access to many amazing optics across brands and formats.
But speaking just as a pro photographer it has been Nikkor lenses and Zeiss optics I have reached for over the years most often.
Always have held Zeiss in the highest respect, and used their optics a lot on medium format systems over the years but not exclusively.
The Milvus line for Canon and Nikon D. SLR cameras are different (as are the Otus family), in that to me, and without being disrespectful, they are made for photographers who have taken the time to learn traditional skills that still work so well for many situations.
And at the same time demand cutting edge optical and physical design.
I am often (very) asked about lens quality and I think for many they are a natural consideration alongside your camera manufacturers own top optics.
The colour consistency across the range, good old fashioned depth of field scales for those of us that still use them, and cutting edge optical designs all tick the right boxes for serious photographers who prefer the accuracy and quietness of manual focus.
That of course is great for stills, but so important for video.
Not for everyone of course, but today sees the announcement of the tenth Milvus family lens, the F/1.4 34mm lens. A focal length that in recent years has again attracted many manufacturers and photographers to its potential.
Here we go with the details:
Press Release: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 Camera Lens for DSLR Cameras
The tenth lens in the ZEISS Milvus series for DSLR cameras excels at full aperture
Cambridge, 21 June 2017
ZEISS has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon (1) and Nikon (2) on the market: the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35.
The tenth lens in the Milvus family, the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is particularly suitable for portrait photography thanks to its speed.
“The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS.
“The manual focus allows precise focusing, and the creamy bokeh provides an excellent image look.
Even at full aperture the image quality leaves nothing to be desired.” The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is also perfectly at home in landscape photography:
“The 35-millimeter focal length is a genuine all-rounder.” Like all lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, it is protected against dust and water spray and, according to Casenave, can be used even in poor weather conditions.
The metal barrel gives the lens its robust and durable character.
Practically no chromatic aberrations thanks to a new optical design
With aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, ZEISS has given the lens a completely new optical design.
“This means the photos are practically free from chromatic aberrations,” says Casenave.
Thanks to their excellent edge-to-edge imagery the ZEISS Milvus lenses are designed for high-performance digital cameras.
“The resolutions of camera sensors are constantly improving, and this also increases the demands made on the lenses. For ZEISS Milvus lenses this is not a problem. They are a solid investment in the future.”
Also suitable for filming
The ten lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, ranging between 15 and 135 millimeters, are also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a ZEISS Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon3 cameras. A further benefit for filming is
the fact that ZEISS has matched the colour characteristics of the ten lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform colour look. “Reducing the
amount of time spent in post-production,” says Casenave.
Price and availability
The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS
Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is £1,699 inc. VAT.
You can find further information at www.zeiss.com/photo/milvus1435
1 Canon is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group.
2 Nikon is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation.
3 Nikon is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation.
Technical data for ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35
Focal length 35 mm
Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
Lens elements / Groups 14 / 11
Focusing range 0.30 m (11.81’’) – ∞
Free working distance 0.14 m (5.43’’) – ∞
Angular field* (diag. / horiz. / vert.) 64.2° / 55.0° / 38.0°
Diameter of image field 43 mm (1.69″)
Flange focal distance ZF.2: 46.50 mm (1.83″)
ZE: 44.00 mm (1.73″)
Coverage at close range (MOD)* 169.7 mm x 112.1 mm (6.68‘‘ x 4.41‘‘)
Image ratio at MOD 1 : 4.6
Filter thread M72 x 0.75
Entrance pupil position ( in front of image plane) 122.0 mm (4.80’’)
Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf – MOD) 227°
Diameter max. ZF.2: 84.8 mm (3.34‘‘)
ZE: 84.8 mm (3.34‘‘)
Diameter of focusing ring
ZF.2: 82.5 mm (3.25‘‘)
ZE: 82.5 mm (3.25‘‘)
Length (without lens caps) ZF.2: 125.6 mm (4.94‘‘)
ZE: 124.8 mm (4.91‘‘)
Length (with lens caps) ZF.2: 141.5 mm (5.57‘‘)
ZE: 143.7 mm (5.66‘‘)
Weight ZF.2: 1131 g (39.9 oz)
ZE: 1174 g (41.4 oz)
* referring to 24×36 mm format
Designed for high-performance digital cameras: The new ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35.
Creative combinations of focus and blur: The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is particularly suitable for portrait
photography thanks to its speed.
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics
industries. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical
technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress.
ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision
Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more
than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25
research and development centers around the globe.