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Zeiss Announces Milvus 15mm f/2.8 for Nikon and Canon DSLRs

See my Zeiss DSLR lenses wish list and other wish lists at B&H Photo.

Get the new Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 at B&H Photo.

See also last year’s Understanding the new Zeiss Milvus Lineup.

With the same optical formula as the Zeiss ZF.2/ZE 15mm f/2.8 Distagon but improved lens coatings (a behavior I have directly verified), the Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 adopts the Milvus-style ergonomics and weather sealing build. I really like the new build style on the Milvus 15/2.8—a nice improvement over the ZF.2 15/2.8 Distagon.

The weather sealing is a huge plus, and Rich S can now rest easy if he sends me the Milvus 15/2.8 for testing in winter/spring, unlike the original 15/2.8 Distagon.

Another benefit is that the lens hood is removable, not a fixed hood as with the 15/2.8 Distagon.

Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8
Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 Specifications
Focal length 15.4 mm (infinity), 15.1mm (1:9)
Aperture range f/2.8- f/22
Number of lens elements/groups 15 elements, 12 groups
Focusing range: 0.25 m / 9.84 in
Free working distance 0.09 m / 3.54 in
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.) 110°/ 100°/ 76°
Diameter of image field 43 mm / 1.69 in
Flange focal offset 46.5mm for ZF.2, 44.0mm for ZE
Coverage at close range (MOD). 36 X 24mm frame 340 x 221 mm / 13.39 X 8.70 in
Image ratio at close range 1:9
Filter thread M95 x 1.0
Length with caps ZF.2: 114.0 mm / 4.49 in
  ZE: 117.0 mm / 4.61 in
Diameter max ZF.2: 102.3 mm / 4.03 in
  ZE: 102.3 mm / 4.03 in
Weight (nominal) ZF.2: 880 g / 31.0 oz
  ZE: 947 g / 33.4 oz
Mounts ZF.2 (F bayonet), ZE (EF bayonet)
Stree price: about $2699
Durable and fast, up to 1800MB/s
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