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Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Frosty Picnic Table

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8

See my Zeiss DSLR lenses wish list and other wish lists at B&H Photo. Get Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 at B&H Photo.

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

The about $2300 Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 delivers eye-popping contrast, wholly in keeping with its lineage and similar to its venerable 21mm f/2.8 sibling, but I deem it another step up on the performance curve, as this series and more to come will show.

Following the close-range Frosty Wood Round series, this very-near-to-very-far series looks at close range performance and overall visual impact using white frost on dark wood to critically assess color correction and sharpness.

Update 19 Dec: I’ve added some comments from Zeiss.

But one reason I shoot such scenes (aside from liking bluish frost!) is that they can show key lens behaviors. Indeed, this series shows a behavior I have never before seen with a Zeiss wide angle DSLR lens, one that anyone shooting this lens must know about for optimal results.

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2/8 Aperture Series: Frosty Picnic Table (Nikon D810)

Includes images up to 28 megapixels with large crops from f/2.8 through f/11. Also includes an impressive 3-frame focus stacked image at f/9.

f4.5 @ 1/80 sec, ISO 64; 2016-12-17 10:31:17
NIKON D810 + Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8

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Zeiss Milvus Wides for Nikon and Canon
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