The tenth lens in the ZEISS Milvus series for DSLR cameras excels at full aperture.
ZEISS has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon1 and Nikon2 on the market: the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35. The tenth lens in the Milvus family, the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is particularly suitable for portrait photography thanks to its speed. “The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “The manual focus allows precise focusing, and the creamy bokeh provides an excellent image look. Even at full aperture the image quality leaves nothing to be desired.” The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is also perfectly at home in landscape photography: “The 35mm focal length is a genuine all-rounder.” Like all lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, it is protected against dust and water spray and, according to Casenave, can be used even in poor weather conditions. The metal barrel gives the lens its robust and durable character.
Practically no chromatic aberrations thanks to a new optical design with a spherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, ZEISS has given the lens a completely new optical design. “This means the photos are practically free from chromatic aberrations,” says Casenave. Thanks to their excellent edge-to-edge imagery the ZEISS Milvus lenses are designed for high-performance digital cameras. “The resolutions of camera sensors are constantly improving, and this also increases the demands made on the lenses. For ZEISS Milvus lenses this is not a problem. They are a solid investment in the future.”
Also suitable for filming
The ten lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, ranging between 15 and 135mm, are also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a ZEISS Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon3 cameras. A further benefit for filming is the fact that ZEISS has matched the colour characteristics of the ten lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform colour look. “Reducing the amount of time spent in post-production,” says Casenave.
Luke Woodford, our Editor in Chief and Zeiss Ambassador was one of the first photographers in the world to use this lens pre release. He was astounded by the quality of the imagery straight out of camera, especially at 1.4. He believes this lens will become a staple for most ZEISS shooters.
Price and availability
The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS
Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is £1,699 inc. VAT.
You can find further information at www.zeiss.com/photo/milvus1435