ZEISS Milvus 2/135 – Review by Jim Fisher
by Jim Fisher
If you’re going to benefit from the amazing image quality that the ZEISS Milvus 2/135 ($2,122 list) delivers, you’re going to have to live with focusing manually and be prepared to part with a good chunk of change. If you’re not familiar with ZEISS naming conventions, the Apo Sonnar has a 135mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2. The lens, which is available for Canon and Nikon cameras, is nearly double the cost of native autofocus equivalents, but it’s not too far off in price from the Sony ZEISS 1.8/135. That lens isn’t quite as sharp, and can only be used with Sony D-SLRs, but does support autofocus. Despite the price tag, the build quality and optical performance of the Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 make it worthy of our Editors’ Choice award—it’s simply a perfect lens from an optical standpoint.
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