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Zeiss Milvus

Zeiss Milvus Lenses

Outstanding build and optical quality across a wide range of focal lengths.

Zeiss ZF.2/ZE

15mm f/2.8 Distagon

Ultra high performance in an extreme wild wide angle lens.

ZF.2/ZE 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Brilliant imaging, even wide open, but with a few quirks. (Review in progress)

  1. 21/2.8 Distagon Main Page
  2. MTF Chart
  3. Distortion
  4. Distortion vs Nikon 14-24/2.8G
  5. Field Illumination (Vignetting) and Off-Center Color Balance
  6. Examples
  7. Examples 2
  8. Examples ZE/Canon Landscape
  9. Examples Climbing Mt Dana in Yosemite
  10. Examples in Yosemite,and White Mountains, Late Fall
  11. Examples ZE/Canon NYC
  12. Examples ZE/Canon Low-light
  13. Examples (close-up)
  14. Rendering Style at f/2.8, f/4, f/8: Aspen Thicket
  15. Examples: Lundy Canyon, Before The Snow
  16. Examples: Lundy Canyon, Drowned Conifers at Dusk
  17. Examples: Lundy Canyon, Early Winter
  18. Examples: Lundy Canyon, Brilliance at the Big Beaver Pond
  19. Studying f/2.8, f/5.6, f/9: Blue Dusk Settles On Lundy Beaver Pond
  20. Flare
  21. Close-Range Aperture Series (Tioga Pine)
  22. Aperture Series: Pine Creek Tungsten Mine Buildings / Waterfall (Nikon D800E)
  23. Aperture Series: Pine Creek Stormy Light (Nikon D810)
  24. Aperture Series: Green Hills (Nikon D800E)
  25. Aperture Series: Eroding Ancient Bristlecone Pine (Nikon D800E)
  26. Aperture Series: Curving Confluence with Sedges and Boulders (Sony A7)
  27. Focus Shift Assessment vs Nikon 20/1.8G and 14-24/2.8G
  28. vs Nikon 20mm f/1.8G: Mt Conness Glacier Remnants (Nikon D810)
  29. Aperture Series: Wyman Cabin Trashed Interior (Canon 5DS R)
  30. Aperture Series: Big Laurel at Bend in Alpine Creek (Canon EOS R5)
  31. vs Nikon 14-24/2.8G, et al
  32. vs Canon 16-35/2.8L II
  33. vs Nikon 14-24/2.8G
  34. vs Nikon 14-24/2.8G
  35. vs Canon 20mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/2.8L II
  36. vs Nikon 14-24/2.8G and Nikon 16-35/4G VR
  37. vs Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH (Leica M Typ 240)
  38. Comparison: 21/2.8 and 25/2.8 Distagon vs Nikon 24/1.4G

Ultra-wides Compared

Visualizing how 15mm, 18mm, 21mm compare.

135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

Beautiful bokeh, razor sharp, superb color correction.

  1. 135/2 APO-Sonnar Main Page
  2. MTF Chart
  3. Distortion
  4. Vignetting
  5. 135/2 Zeiss Press release
  6. Making Close-Range Portraits
  7. Tulips at ƒ/2
  8. Focus Stacking: Ultegra 11-32 Cog Cassette
  9. Aperture Series (D800E, Dolls)
  10. Bokeh Aperture Series: Tulips 10 (Nikon D800E)
  11. Bokeh Aperture Series: Peach Blossoms (Nikon D800E)
  12. Max Detail Aperture Series: Mosaic (Nikon D800E)
  13. Using ƒ/4 vs ƒ/2 for Isolation: City Binoculars (Nikon D800E)
  14. Macro Quality at 1:4 (D800E, Doll Seated)
  15. Aperture Series (Leica M Typ 240, Dolls)
  16. Aperture Series: Blue Doll / Pellegrino (Nikon D800E)
  17. Aperture Series: Blue Doll / Pellegrino (Canon 5D Mark III)
  18. Aperture Series: Glacial Erratics in Tuolumne River (Nikon D800E)
  19. Aperture Series: Glacial Erratics in Meadow (Nikon D800E)
  20. Aperture Series: Bristlecone Bokeh (Nikon D800E)
  21. Aperture Series: White Branches By Creek (Canon 5D Mark III)
  22. Aperture Series: MTB Gearing (D800 Monochrome)
  23. Aperture Series: Yellow Aspen at Meadow’s Edge, Blue Dawn (Canon 5DS R)
  24. Bokeh: Out of Focus Specular (D800E, Vehicle)
  25. Bokeh Examples (D800E, Various)
  26. Bokeh Examples (D800E, Golden Gate Bridge)
  27. Examples (D800E, Hakone Garden, Garden)
  28. Examples in Monochrome, Pescadero Creek (D800 Monochrome)
  29. Examples in Monochrome, Various (D800 Monochrome)
  30. Examples (5D Mark III, Backyard)
  31. Alignment (D800E, Distance Scene)
  32. Compared to Nikon 135mm f/2 DC (D800E, House)
  33. Compared to Nikon 135mm f/2 DC (D800E, Rulers on Table)
  34. Discussion: 135/2 APO-Sonnar vs 100/2 Makro-Planar
  35. Compared to Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar (D800E, Rulers on Table)
  36. Compared to Canon 135mm f/2L (Canon 5D Mark III, Dolls)
  37. vs Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL ED VR: White Flowers (Nikon D810)
  38. vs Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art: Pink Flowers (Nikon D810)
  39. Performance on 56-megapixel DSLR Pixel Density + MTF (Nikon D7100, Dolls)
  40. APO Behavior vs Leica R APO 100/2.8 and 180/2.8
  41. 135/2 APO-Sonnar Unboxing Video 📹
  42. Aperture Series: Mosaic (Fujifilm GFX)

Zeiss Otus

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