Zeiss just announced their latest addition to the Milvus range – the Milvus 25mm f1.4. With the addition of yet another fast wide angle prime, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts 11 lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, including 4 x focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, which are perfect not just for getting that sweet bokeh in your stills, but also will help with video work as well, especially in low light situations, which are often the trenches event videographers work these days.
Similar to the Zeiss Milvus 35mm 1.4, which was announced back in June this year, the new 25mm f1.4 is fast and allows photographers and video users to capture an even wider perspective, making it more suitable for landscape and architecture photography, and for journalistic shots and videos.
“The completely new optical design ensures superior performance across the entire image field,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “This results in high-contrast photos and a harmonious bokeh.”
Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Canon EF/Nikon
- Canon EF-Mount or Nikon F Mount Lens
- Full-Frame 36 x 24mm coverage
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- 2 x Aspherical Elements / New optical design
- 7 x Low Dispersion Elements
- Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
- Manual Focus Design
- Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
- Weather-Sealed Construction
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
- Price: $2,399 (B&H)
- Available in early November 2017
“Even at full aperture, there are hardly any color fringes,” says Casenave. “The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.”
In true Zeiss fashion, the exquisite metal housing makes the lens truly robust and rear seal keeps dirt and dust away enabling you go get the shot even in the most adverse of weather. The large 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing for adding creative touches to photos and videos.
Featuring eleven focal lengths ranging from 15mm to 135mm, including two macros, the ZEISS Milvus family covers a host of applications, such as portrait, landscape, architecture and street photography. “We can offer every photographer just the right lens,” says Casenave.
Zeiss Milvus 25mm f1.4 Technical Specifications
|Focal length||25 mm|
|Aperture range||f/1.4 – f/16|
|Camera mount||Canon EF-Mount* (ZE)
Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
|Format compatibility||Full Frame|
|Focusing range||0,25 m (9.93″) – ∞|
|Free working distance||0,09 m (3.66″) – ∞|
|Angular field||81° / 71° / 50°|
|Diameter of image field||43 mm (1.69″)|
|Coverage at close range||171 x 112 mm (6.72 x 4.41″)|
|Image ratio at minimum object distance||1 : 4.6|
|Lens elements | groups||15 / 13|
|Flange focal distance||ZE: 44 mm (1.73″)
ZF.2: 46 mm (1.83″)
|Entrance pupil position||127 mm (5.00″)|
|Filter thread||M82 x 0.75|
|Rotation angle of focusing ring||172°|
|Diameter max.||ZE: 95 mm (3.75″)
ZF.2: 95 mm (3.75″)
|Diameter of focusing ring||ZE: 83 mm (3.25″)
ZF.2: 83 mm (3.25″)
|Length (with lens caps)||ZE: 140 mm (5.52″)
ZF.2: 138 mm (5.43″)
|Length (without lens caps)||ZE: 123 mm (4.82″)
ZF.2: 123 mm (4.85″)
|Weight||ZE: 1225 g (43.20 oz)
ZF.2: 1171 g (41.30 oz)
The four ZEISS Milvus focal lengths 25, 35, 50 and 85mm with an aperture of 1.4 are just perfect for filming. Thanks to their high speed, they are suitable primarily for interviews and documentaries where the videographer can utilize natural light.
Thanks to the de-click function in the version for the Nikon-Mount the aperture can be adjusted continuously; although it is a bit of a shame, that the EF version doesn’t have this feature – it is electronic aperture only, so no mechanical ring (as on the rest of the Milvus range in EF). ZEISS Lens Gears in a range of sizes also permit the use of follow-focus systems.
The new ZEISS Milvus 25mm f1.4 is going to sell for 2,400 Euros or $2,400 USD from authorised dealers such as B&H and will be available in early November.
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