The genus’s namesake has inspired the line of the Zeiss Milvus lenses, the new ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 is the eleventh in the line, and the fourth to feature a f/1.4 aperture, continuing to emulate the power and elegance of the avian.
Building upon a vast history of precise manual focus, unparalleled optical performance, and excellent ergonomics, when Zeiss announces new glass photographers tend to pay attention. The completely redesigned ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 blurs the lines between the Otus and Milvus lines with Zeiss boasting outstanding edge-to-edge quality, all-metal sealed body, and minimal color fringing are the wides apertures.
“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.” Cazenave continues “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any color fringes. The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.”
Focal Length: 25mm
Aperture Range: f/1.4-16
Lens Elements/Groups: 15/13
Minimum Focus: 0.252 m (9.93″)
Full Frame 35 FOV (diag): 81.2°
Focusing ring rotation: 172°
Weight: ZF.2: 1171 g (41.3 oz) ZE: 1225 g (43.2 oz)
Keeping in line with Zeiss Milvi, the new 25mm f/1.4 has enhancements including color-matching throughout the entire line, consistent performance throughout focusing distances, improved coating to further control ghosting and flare, and exceptional resolving power due to the floating elements design.
The ZF mount (Nikon) has the ability to de-click the apertures using an included key, well suited to video shooting; while the ZE (Canon) has an electronic-only aperture.
You can find the press release below:
ZEISS Unveils High-Speed DSLR Lens: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25
With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, which are perfect for videographers too.
The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from Canon and Nikon is suitable primarily 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.”
High-speed wide-angle lens
Thanks to a maximum aperture of 1.4, this lens can even capture exceptional images in poor light. “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.” The metal housing is what makes the lens robust, and its dirt and dust protection even makes the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 ready for action in adverse weather. The large 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing for adding creative touches to photos and videos.
The largest ZEISS lens family yet
Featuring eleven focal lengths ranging from 15 to 135 millimeters, 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.
Perfect for videographers too
The four ZEISS Milvus focal lengths 25, 35, 50 and 85 millimeters 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. ZEISS Lens Gears in a range of sizes permit the use of follow-focus systems.
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