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Reader Comment: Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 and What About Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 or Zeiss 28mm f/2?

Get Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 at B&H Photo, and see my Zeiss DLSR lenses wishlist.

Larry W writes:

I first want to thank you for the Zeiss Milvus 18mm 2.28 zf.2 lens review on your website. I just sold a 36” X 54” image print for a meditation room, really sharp even from 3’ away when the view distance is around 8’. One beautiful lens.

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8

I am looking at buying a used Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 lens or a Zeiss 28mm f/2. The lens would be used mostly for landscapes but some for closer up photography but no where near macro. I print anything up to 12 X 18, but do have a shop here in Eugene to print larger if needed. I am wondering even after reading your reviews what one would be preferable. I value your opinion.

DIGLLOYD: IMO, the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 is probably the best 24/25mm lens yet made for full-frame cameras, unless the new Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM can do better, but of course that is a mirrorless lens, and we are talking about DSLR lenses here.

Zeiss Lenses for Nikon and Canon— My Top Picks and Field Usage Thoughts

Depth of Field Akin to f/128: an Incredible Near-Far Focus Stack with the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8

My best-ever three lens trio are the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8, Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4, Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4.

If the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 is not in the cards for reasons of price/size/weight, then I'd stick with the Zeiss ZF.2 25mm f/2.8. The Zeiss ZF.2 28mm f/2 is also a very fine lens with its own classic look, so you can't go wrong there either.

See also: Zeiss ZF.2 28mm f/2 Distagon: a Classic Design having Optical Demerits Yields Beauty and Reader Comment: Zeiss ZF.2 28mm f/2 Distagon

Zeiss ZF.2 25mm f/2.8 Distagon Examples In California’s White Mountains

 
Zeiss ZF.2 25mm f/2.8 Distagon and Zeiss ZF.2 28mm f/2 Distagon
Four Aspen, Late Dusk
f2 @ 25.0 sec, ISO 100; 2015-10-05 19:01:24
Sony A7R II + Zeiss ZF.2 28mm f/2 Distagon

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Bristlecones and Star Trails, White Mountains
f10 @ 479.0 sec, ISO 200; 2010-11-17 00:15:26
NIKON D3X + Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/25 ZF.2

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