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Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4: Long Term Keeper, Maybe the Best Wide Angle Zeiss has Made + the Human Perspective

Get Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo.

The Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 has become a favorite. I can’t think of any other Zeiss wide angle I like this much (well, Loxia 21/2.8 but that's for Sony mirrorless).

The Zeiss Milvus 25m f/1.4 is an Otus in all but name, excepting few limitations such as a bit less good peformance at every close range. Ditto for the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 by f/4.

Its superlative image quality holds up in any shooting conditions, from the mundane to landscape to astrophotography. It is worth the weight to carry it. Add the Milvus 18/2.8 and Milvus 35/1.4 (both superb) for a heavy but immensely useful kit.

To my eyes, the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 offers a beauty and clarity that is hard to prove out, but stands out in images like this. Note that it is not immune from flare (bottom left) if non-image-forming light strikes the front element—always shade it.

See examples from this area in Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Examples: Dana Lakes

Human perspective matter most

Human perspective matters in photography; it is the key draw for most of us. An image of me as shown below might have little interest for you, but an image of you or your friends or family adds considerable interest to place and time for you—the iPhone proves that if nothing else. People love themselves and that will never change.

A picture like the one below captures a time and place along with what I was doing/feeling/enjoying; a whole range of memories and emotions is recalled—far more powerful (personally) than the very best landscape photo which has universal (boring) appeal, IMO. I have found this to be true over the years—people matter, places do not. Famous events or people do not matter unless you personally have some interest. It is only your own life and sense of life that really matters—to you and to few others (except those in your life). It is the most fundamental and joyful fact of life (unless deranged by collectivism), and why there is only one philosophy with validity, drawing from that core principle.

As well, a person in a landscape scene provides a sense of scale and the human experience. This is true for pictures of joy or misery (I avoid the latter, I’ll leave that to others).

With temperatures hovering not much above freezing at 11,200' elevation and a stiff breeze, I wore a cycling jersey + wool hoody + Western Mountaineering Flash XR + Ibex outer shell and a wool cap under my billed cap. No, I do not have a pot belly (yet)—those are extra gloves inside the jacket.

That’s a fishing pole in my backpack, but there was so much fish kill from the winter of 2016/2017 that I did not fish.

Lloyd at Dana Lake #3
f9 @ 1/100 sec, ISO 31; 2017-10-31 13:50:54
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4

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Sometimes isolating the subject is better, not focus stacking or stopping down. Because, what is th subject?

Lloyd at Dana Lake #3
f1.4 @ 1/4000 sec, ISO 31; 2017-10-31 13:55:31
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4

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