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UFO* with the Zeiss Milvus 100/2M

Get Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M and Nikon D810 at B&H Photo.

Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M

The Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M is a pleasure to work with. I didn’t think I would like it any more or less than the 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar, but along with the Milvus 50mm f/2M, I am persuaded on the new ergonomics as a nice move forward, my only reservation being the lack of texture on the focusing ring—but since the ring is generously wide, this is not an issue in practice.

On a camera like the Nikon D5500 (try the cherry red D5500), the Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M is like shooting a 150mm f/2 (75mm f/2 for the Milvus 50/2M). The extra working distance could be useful and it effectively yields more depth of field, albeit with a different perspective. However, the image below was shot on my full-frame workhorse camera, the Nikon D810. With all the enthusiasm about Sony mirrorless, the Nikon D810 is still my “go to” camera with an outstanding lens repertoire.

Note: as this was written, the Nikon D810 is $500 off with 10% rewards, making it effectively $2516, or effectively $2966 with the 24-120mm lens. For a small business, it’s not to late to get one and write it off for the 2015 tax year.

We don’t get much frost at my place but with an arctic front following the pre-Christmas deluge, my backyard frosted-up beautifully last night (last year I can’t recall a single night cold enough to freeze water more than paper thin). But the sun quickly melts all the fine ice crystals, so there is only a short time in which the light pops things and the frost melts.

This scene caught my eye; I really enjoy 'found' subjects, particularly when I have only to step outside. Image quality holds up unusually well at f/16 with the Milvus 100mm f/2M; that is not a given because with many lenses, increasingly collimated rays can tend to interact with the flat sensor and reduce contrast over and above what diffraction is already doing.

*Unidentified Frozen Object
f16 @ 1/5 sec, ISO 64; 2015-12-26 11:26:12
NIKON D810 + Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M ZF.2

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