Thornwood, NY—The newly launched Zeiss Milvus SLR lens family consists of six focal lengths with ZE or ZF.2 mounts for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. The new lenses are Zeiss’s response to the current trend toward sensors with increasingly high resolution that require higher and higher image quality.
Geared for professional applications, the lenses support all important operating modes of DSLRs, including aperture priority, shutter priority and program modes, as well as manual time and exposure settings. In addition, their interface transmits the lens data to the camera, which is saved to the photo’s EXIF data.
The new lenses also work with mirrorless system cameras, like the Sony α7 series, via an adapter. In addition, the line is designed to offer high-contrast rendition and a low level of stray light to meet the latest video standards, such as HDR (high dynamic range) and resolutions of 6K and more.
“We want to provide users with the freedom to use the focus position as an artistic tool because it is one of the most important creative possibilities available to photographers,” said Christophe Casenave, Product manager for Zeiss Camera Lenses. “The Zeiss Milvus lenses are therefore targeted at all owners of a high-resolution DSLR camera, offering them considerable added value. They are also suitable for photographers who have specialized in applications which the six focal lengths optimally support, e.g. portrait, landscape and macro photography.”
Initially, the Milvus lineup consists of the following six focal lengths: Zeiss Milvus 2.8/21; Zeiss Milvus 2/35; Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50; Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85; and two macro lenses, the Zeiss Milvus 2/50M and Zeiss Milvus 2/100M. Further focal lengths will be added to the Milvus lens family over the next few years.
“With this diversity of extremely high-quality SLR lenses, we are underscoring that, with our Milvus lenses, we can supply the right focal length for almost any application or personal preference,” Casenave added.
Zeiss Milvus lenses feature an rubber-covered, easy-grip focus ring to enable precise manual focusing. An all-metal barrel helps guarantee reliable use, and the lenses are protected against dust and spray water. A metal lens shade is another standard feature.
“Other features include: bokeh and excellent reflection reduction thanks to Zeiss T* antireflective coating; a floating elements design that compensates for aberrations at different distance settings; the ability to enable film recordings with soft and cinematic bokeh; an exceptionally long rotation angle of the focus ring for precise focusing; and a de-click function in the ZF.2 mount lenses that allows filmmakers to adjust the aperture freely and smoothly.
Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50. Constructed of 10 elements in eight groups, the new 50mm lens features one aspherical optical surface and four elements made of special glass materials. It uses the Zeiss Distagon optical design to enable imaging performance across the entire image field, even at full aperture, despite the high speed. On a full-frame camera it corresponds to the perspective of the human eye and can be used for different purposes. $ 1,199.
Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85. This short tele lens has 11 elements in nine groups and uses the Zeiss Planar optical design. It is particularly suited for portrait photography where the main subject is isolated and emphasized against a beautiful bokeh background. The use of special glass materials aids in ensuring extremely low chromatic aberration. $ 1,799. zeiss.com