Just announced: Milvus 1.4/25 with completely new optical design
When ZEISS introduced the Milvus series in 2015, the aim was to offer a new generation of manual-focal lenses for powerful full frame digital SLR cameras. The three fast f/1.4 lenses 35, 50 and 85mm have already been available. Now a new focal length has joined the family: the Milvus 1.4/25.
Completely new optical design
Unique for the Milvus 1.4/25 is a new optical design that manifests itself in a maximum aperture of f/1.4. The benefit of such a large aperture is a shallow depth of field for greater precision in focusing and more control over the motif, for example when isolating a motif from its surroundings.
“The optics of the Milvus 1.4/25 have been optimized to handle a very high resolution of more than 36 megapixels and to deliver extremely fast speed on high-performance DSLR cameras,” explains Christophe Casenave, product manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses “As a result, photographers will experience greater flexibility and freedom in their work.”
Superior image quality is guaranteed thanks to its sharpness and well-corrected color fringes, even at the maximum opening of 1.4. The new Milvus 1.4/25 is also characterized by a harmonious bokeh. This, combined with the lens’s high speed, will enable photographers to capture even the tiniest details and explore new creative realms.
As anyone who likes to photographs landscapes knows, color fringes can be an annoying inconvenience when using high-speed lenses at a maximum aperture. Color fringes, also called chromatic aberrations, happen when an image contains extreme color contrasts, for example dark tree branches set against a bright background. But not so with the new Milvus 1.4/25. “Our designers paid a lot of attention in making sure chromatic aberrations hardly appear, even at maximum aperture of 1.4.” asserts Mr. Casenave.
Putting the lens to the test
One photographer who was able to test a prototype of the Milvus 1.4/25 was the German landscape photographer Timm Allrich. Regular readers of LENSPIRE will already know Timm. He has tested other Milvus lenses, one of which produced his stunning photo series from the Lofoten islands in Norway.
For the Milvus 1.4/25, Timm headed north once again, but this time to Sweden. “When I test a new lens, I need to have it calm around me so I can get used to the lens and discover the soul of the lens,” he says. “And Sweden is simply the perfect place for that. The endless landscapes, the clear lakes and untouched forests release a longing in me that I try to show in my images.”
Timm was particularly impressed by how the lens could create long exposures in low-light situations. This helped Timm to better convey the tranquility and peacefulness of the Swedish countryside. “As a landscape photographer, you dream of absolute speed and optical precision in the wide-angle range, and this dream is fulfilled by the Milvus 1.4/25.”
Timm also appreciated the fact that he could simply focus on his photography, without any distractions. “With the 1.4/25 mm, you don’t have to worry about technical details like focus or color rendition. You can just go about your craft and be creative.”
More than a great landscape lens
Due to its high speed and wide angle, the Milvus 1.4/25 is not only suitable for landscape and astro photography, but also an ideal companion when you’re in in the middle of a bustling metropolis and want to show off its buildings and architectural flair. In such situations, it’s crucial that straight lines are rendered exactly like that: straight. The Milvus 1.4/25 is distortion-free, so urban landscapes will appear more monumental and balanced.
Given the growing importance of moving images in marketing, advertising and social media, many photographers today want to be able to use their lenses for video. The Milvus 1.4/25 can be used by both cinematographers and videographers. ZEISS will be offering a special price for a set of all four focal lengths of the Milvus series, including its own transportation case. The case will also include lens gears and focus rings for follow-focus.
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