ZEISS Announces New Milvus Lens Family

Milvus 1By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS)

German lens-maker ZEISS is announcing a new family of lenses for still photographers and videographers using DSLRs. Called Milvus, the lenses are precise manual-focus for use on DSLR and mirrorless systems requiring higher image quality.

Milvus lenses come in F-mount, called ZF.2 by Zeiss, for Nikon cameras,  and EF-mount, called ZE by Zeiss, for Canon cameras. ZEISS also suggests use of Milvus lenses on Sony α7-mount cameras with an adapter.

ZEISS says, “. . .their high contrast rendition and low level of stray light ensure that the lenses meet the latest video standards such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) and resolutions of 6K and more. For the user, they open up the field of professional video and cine applications.”

The Milvus 1.4/50 and 1.4/85. Photo courtesy ZEISS.

The Milvus family comes in 6 different focal lengths: 2.8/21, 2/35, 1.4/50, 1.4/85, 2/50M, and 2/100M.

ZEISS says, “The lenses offer a harmonious bokeh and excellent reflection reduction thanks to T*® anti-reflective coating from ZEISS. The further optimization of the lens coating reduces ghosting, flare and shading effects in critical light situations. All ZEISS Milvus lenses have a Floating Elements Design which compensates for aberrations at different distance settings. This is achieved by varying the axial distance between individual lens elements or groups. The adjustment of the distance between elements is coupled to the distance setting so that this always results in the right correction.”

ZEISS says the lenses the Milvus lenses interface with the camera to transmit data for the photo’s EXIF data, such as aperture and focal length.

Christophe Casenave, Product Manager for ZEISS Camera Lenses, said, “With this diversity of extremely high-quality SLR lenses, we are underscoring that, with our Milvus lenses, we can supply the right focal length for almost any application or personal preference.”

Photo courtesy ZEISS.
Photo courtesy ZEISS.

Casenave said, “With their extremely high contrast rendition, the lenses meet the latest 6K video standards and display uniform color characteristics.”

A note to filmmakers, the ZF.2 mount Milvus lenses also have a De-Click feature on the aperture ring, which allows for smooth stop changes for video. Zeiss says the lenses the Milvus lenses interface with the camera to transmit data for the photo’s EXIF data, such as aperture and focal length.

The lenses’ MSRP start at $1177 for the Milvus 2/35 and top out at $1843 for the Milvus 2.8/21. The Milvus 1.4/50 has an MSRP of $1199.

ZEISS says, “The newly designed ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50 lens has ten elements in eight groups. The new 50 mm lens features one aspherical optical surface and four elements made of special glass materials, and uses the ZEISS Distagon optical design. This makes it the second standard lens after the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 to incorporate this high-performance optical design. The advanced ZEISS Distagon optical design enables very good image performance across the entire image field, even at full aperture, despite the high speed. The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50 on a full-frame camera corresponds to the perspective of the human eye and can therefore be used for many different purposes.”

Look for them in October.

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