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NEW Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Completes an Outstanding Lens Lineup

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The latest addition to the Milvus lineup for Nikon and Canon is the about about $2399 Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4, an all-new optical design that offers strict control of color aberrations, according to Zeiss.

My in-depth review of the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 goes into diglloyd Zeiss DSLR Lenses.

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4

With 2 aspheric elements and 7 elements of special glass, Zeiss has brought forth what looks to be a very highly corrected lens.

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 2 Aspherical elements, 7 Low Dispersion Elements, Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring with Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The 25/1.4 fills in the gap between the 18/2.8 and 35/1.4. If recent experience with the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 and Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 is any guide, the 25/1.4 should be another terrific lens—the Milvus 18/2.8 and 35/1.4 have become my favorites for landscape shooting—see for example images from my first shoot with the 35mm f/1.4.

The MTF looks to set a new performance standard; see my

A sample of the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 should be in my hands late today for testing; I am over in the Eastern Sierra, and with a little luck a predicted dusting of snow will also kill off the smoke. I’ll be shooting the Milvus 25/1.4 on the Nikon D850.

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4

ZEISS Unveils High-Speed DSLR Lens: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25

With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, which are perfect for videographers too.

Oberkochen, 18 October 2017

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from Canon(1) and Nikon(2), is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography, and for journalistic shots and videos. “The completely new optical design ensures superior performance across the entire image field,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “This results in high-contrast photos and a harmonious bokeh.”

High-speed wide-angle lens

Thanks to a maximum aperture of 1.4, this lens can even capture exceptional images in poor light. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any color fringes,” says Casenave. “The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.” The metal housing is what makes the lens robust, and its dirt and dust protection even makes the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 ready for action in adverse weather. The large 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing for adding creative touches to photos and videos.

The largest ZEISS lens family yet

Featuring eleven focal lengths ranging from 15 to 135 millimeters, including two macros, the ZEISS Milvus family covers a host of applications, such as portrait, landscape, architecture and street photography. “We can offer every photographer just the right lens,” says Casenave.

Perfect for videographers too

The four ZEISS Milvus focal lengths 25, 35, 50 and 85 millimeters with an aperture of 1.4 are just perfect for filming. Thanks to their high speed, they are suitable primarily for interviews and documentaries where the videographer can utilize natural light. Thanks to the de-click function in the version for the Nikon-Mount the aperture can be adjusted continuously. ZEISS Lens Gears in a range of sizes permit the use of follow-focus systems.

Price and availability

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 retails for 2,399 euros incl. 19 percent sales tax (RRP) or 2399US$ and will be available starting 2 November 2017 at dealers and from the ZEISS online shop. Product photos and sample images taken using the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 can be downloaded here. You will find further information at

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.

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Specifications
Focal length 25mm (nominal)
Aperture range f/1.4 - f/16
Number of lens elements/groups 15 elements in 13 groups
Entrance pupil position ( in front of image plane): 127.0 mm
Focusing range: 9.93 in / 25.2 cm - infinity
Rotation angle, focusing (inf - MOD): 172°
Free working distance at MOD: 5.43 in / 14 cm
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.) 81.2° / 70.8° / 50.4°
Diameter of image field 43 mm
Flange focal offset ZF.2: 46.50 mm / 1.83 in
ZE: 44.00 mm / 1.73 in
Coverage at close range (MOD). 36 X 24mm frame 170.7 x 112.1 mm = 6.72 x 4.41 in
Image ratio at close range 1:4.6
Filter thread 82mm
Length without caps ZF.2: 123.3 mm = 4.85 in
ZE: 122.5 mm = 4.82 in
Length with caps ZF.2: 138.0 mm = 5.43 in
ZE: 140.2 mm = 5.52 in
Diameter max ZF.2: 95.22 mm = 3.75 in
ZE: 95.2 mm = 3.75 in
Weight as weighed (ZF.2 model): TBD
Weight (nominal), ZF.2: ZF.2: 1171 g = 41.3 oz
ZE: 1225 g = 43.2 oz
Mounts ZF.2 (F bayonet), ZE (EF bayonet)
Durable and fast, up to 1800MB/s

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