ZEISS photographic lenses history can be traced back to the end of 19th century. Although the history is quite long, this prestige brand never abide by stereotypes, innovation and advancing attitude with the times is commendable. In recent years, it doesn’t matter if they are traditional SLR mount Otus / Milvus lenses, or aiming for the younger generation mirrorless system launched the Batis / Loxia / Touit series lenses, you can see ZEISS has put a lot of effort into research and development of their new products.
ZEISS provided a pre-production sample of the Milvus 1.4/35 for this first look and overview. Over the course of a few weeks using the 50-megapixel Canon 5Ds R, I shot the Milvus 1.4/35 alongside its ZEISS Classic 1.4/35 ZE predecessor and also the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II, making a wide variety of comparisons near and far of landscapes, buildings and interiors, looking to thoroughly understand image quality and operational characteristics.