The most recent addition to the Milvus lineup for Nikon and Canon is/was the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4, which began shipping in July.
For my in-depth review of the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 in diglloyd Zeiss DSLR Lenses back in June, I shot all the examples on the Canon 5Ds R. But the lens I ordered is ZF.2 (Nikon) mount and I’m looking to shoot it on the new Nikon D850 just as soon as get the camera because pixel quality depends on resolution and color correction (and other things), and the D850 should be a very demanding camera what with the much lower noise than the Canon 5Ds R.
The Milvus 35/1.4 is major upgrade over its predecessor, its all-new optical design offers strict control of color aberrations wide open along with beautiful bokeh, and stopped down a bit, it delivers world-class sharpness far exceeding its ZE/ZF.2 predecessor.
The total rendering style of the Milvus 35/1.4 along with strictly controlled color aberrations makes it highly suitable for photography at dusk in blue light: shapes and colors remain free of color or shape distortions . This exceptionally natural look is seen in every image and it contributes to a strong separation of subject from background. By f/2.8 the Milvus 35/1.4 delivers outstanding world-class contrast which is eminently suitable for black and white conversions and I’d strongly recommend it for anyone doing 'street shooting' documentary work.
I’ve published a number of articles over the past year on the Zeiss Lenspire site.
These articles are also available here on this site, with higher quality image presentation.
- Focusing Zeiss DSLR Lenses For Peak Performance PART ONE: The Challenges
- Focusing Zeiss DSLR Lenses For Peak Performance PART TWO: Tips and Best Practices
- Astrophotography Tips, especially with ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 APO-Distagon
- Depth of Field Challenges: Bypass the Limits with Focus Stacking, Near or Far, Macro or Landscape
- Macro and Close-up Shooting, Especially Outdoors
- #1 – Zoom or Prime Lens? A series by Lloyd Chambers
- #2 Zoom Lens or Prime? Moderate Wide Angles (25mm, 28mm, 35mm)
- Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21: Class-Leading Performance in a Compact Package for Stills or Video on Sony Mirrorless
- Zeiss Fills Out the Milvus DSLR Lens Lineup with the 2.8/21, 2/35, 2/50M, 2/100M
- First Look at the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 – by Lloyd Chambers
- Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 Anchor a Gorgeous New Lens Line
- Zeiss Otus 1.4/28 APO-Distagon: The Reference Standard With a Gentle Grace
- Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: ″The best lens that I have ever used with a 35mm camera”