Taking design elements for the Otus, the Milvus line of full frame lenses from Zeiss were meant to be a refresh of the excellent ZE/ZF all-manual lenses. Originally offering traditional focal lengths such as 21mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4 and a 85mm f/1.4, Zeiss recently extended its Milvus family of lenses on both ends.
Starting with the new telephoto option, the Milvus 135mm f/2 is the longest lens in the line up. The lens formula contains 11 elements in eights groups, paired with a wide aperture of f/2 and a 0.8m minimum focus, Zeiss created another option for the portrait photographers.
The Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 will be available for $2,199.
Switching the the opposite spectrum, the second widest lens in the line up is the Milvus 18mm f/2.8. Featuring a standard 77mm filter thread, the optical formula contestants 14 elements in 12 groups (including two aspheric elements). To add some versatility, it can also focus down to .25 meters (9 inches).
The Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 will be available for $2,299
The Milvus 15mm f/2.8this is a true super-wide lens with a 110-degree field of view and the Distagon lens design keeps distortion to a minimum. The lens formula contains 15 elements in 12 groups, with two aspheric elements; as well as some floating elements.
These lenses are all manual focus just like the predecessors. Like with other Milvus lenses, they have a long focus throw and a de-click feature on the Nikon F-Mount that lets you make the iris smooth by just using a small tool. All three lenses will come in both Canon and Nikon mounts.