Three new additions for the ZEISS Milvus family
The lens family with manual focus for DSLR cameras is now also available with focal lengths of 15, 18 and 135 millimeters. Learn more about the three new lenses in our blog post.
The three new lenses ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15, Milvus 2.8/18 and Milvus 2/135 expand the Milvus family that was introduced last September, bringing the total number of focal lengths to nine. By this, the lens family is complemented in the super wideangle and tele range.
“The ZEISS Milvus family of lenses is an invaluable investment for the future due to its excellent imaging quality and its large range, which now covers 15 to 135 millimeters.”
Christophe Casenave, product manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses
Delivery of the new ZEISS Milvus lenses begins at the end of October 2016.
For high-end DSLR cameras
“The ZEISS Milvus lenses have been designed in particular to fulfill the requirements of today’s powerful digital cameras and those of the future thanks to their high imaging performance, even in difficult lighting situations,” says Casenave. The new lenses are characterized by a harmonious bokeh and – due to the T*® anti-reflective coating from ZEISS – a very high degree of flare control. Because the lens coating has been further optimized, there is also less likelihood than ever of ghosting, flare or shading effects, even in critical lighting situations. On top, all ZEISS Milvus lenses come with a floating elements design. This compensates imaging errors at different distance settings.
ZEISS Milvus for video
Creating high-quality film shoots with a pleasing cinematic bokeh is also no problem for the new ZEISS Milvus lenses. “Due to their extremely high contrast rendition, the lenses fulfill the most modern video standards, and have uniform color characteristics,” said Casenave. The focus ring with a very large rotation angle enables precise focusing. And the focus ring’s comfortable rubber to ensures a good grip. To set the aperture in a soft, noiseless and infinitely variable way, the lenses with ZF.2 mount feature the de-click function. In that way, professional work in changing lighting conditions is no problem at all.
The ZEISS Milvus lenses’ robust full-metal barrel ensures long and reliable usage. Protection against dust and spray water (weather sealing) is also included. The robust metal lens shade is an integral part of the overall product design and included with all ZEISS Milvus lenses. The new focal lengths of the ZEISS Milvus family are also compatible with the ZEISS Lens Gears. A clear additional value-add for filmmakers: a follow focus system can be used hassle-free. The ZEISS Lens Gears are made of high-quality aluminum and feature a hardened surface coating. Mounting is a no-brainer: they can be slid onto the respective lens and are attached to the focus ring by turning two counter-rotating rings.
The new ZEISS Milvus lenses in summary:
ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15:
This super wide-angle lens with a field of view of 110 degrees allows every photographer to consciously compose using extreme perspectives. The lens has excellent imaging performance – even with an open aperture – thanks to the correction of color errors. Color fringing and distortion are minimal. This is all thanks to a ZEISS Distagon® lens design with 15 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric lenses, special glass with anomalous partial dispersion, and the floating elements design. A removable lens shade and the 95-millimeter filter thread also make this lens the ideal companion for special applications with additional slide-in filter holders.
ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18:
This compact super-wide angle lens with a newly calculated ZEISS Distagon optical design has 14 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric elements. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 has a short close-up distance of 0.25 meters and internal focusing. With an angular field of 99.9 degrees, this lens is the ideal companion for landscape and architectural photography, as it allows creative shots to be taken using unusual perspectives. The filter thread has a diameter of 77 millimeters. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 delivers outstanding imaging performance and very good distortion correction.
ZEISS Milvus 2/135:
This fast telephoto lens delivers excellent correction of all color errors. Thanks to a large aperture and pleasing bokeh, it is the perfect lens for portrait photography from a medium distance. The angular field is 18.7 degrees. The short minimum object distance of 0.80 meters makes this lens even more versatile. It has an optical design with 11 lens elements in eight groups and, like the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18, a filter diameter of 77 millimeters.
Price and availability
The delivery worldwide of the three new lenses will begin at the end of October 2016. The lens shade is included with the corresponding lens. Sales prices are EUR 2,699 (including 19% VAT) or USD 2,699 (excl. VAT) for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15; EUR 2,299 (including 19% VAT) or USD 2,299 (excl. VAT) for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18; and EUR 2,199 Euro (including 19% VAT) or USD 2,199 (excl. VAT) for the ZEISS Milvus 2/135. For ambitious cinematographers and photographers, a set solution is also available for up to six ZEISS Milvus lenses. A discount of 8% is available with the purchase of three to four lenses. Purchasing more than five lenses gives the user a 10% discount.
Links to further information
You can find more information on the new lens on the ZEISS Milvus website (www.zeiss.com/milvus) For SLR lenses, the lens families ZEISS Classic (www.zeiss.com/classic) with certain focal lengths and ZEISS Otus (www.zeiss.com/otus) will continue to be available in addition to the new ZEISS Milvus lenses.
You can find an overview of the flickr photos taken with ZEISS Milvus lenses in the ZEISS Milvus flickr Albums
ZEISS Milvus for Cinematography
Watch “Ancient Crafts – The Story of a Blacksmith” video made by DOP Sebastian Wiegaertner. He used the full range of ZEISS Milvus lenses for shooting.