Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 lens review with samples
We have here the milvis 35 millimeter, f, 1.4 it’s, a manual focus lens for full frame, digital slr cameras, although it can also be mounted onto mirrorless cameras. This lens costs a huge 1 300 pounds in the uk or around 2000 us dollars, so it had better be something seriously special. I love 35 millimeter lenses on a full frame camera because they’re incredibly practical with a useful, wide angle field of view. Yet 35 millimeter gets you just close enough to your subject for you to subtly be drawn into them and even to get a bit of background separation on the action too, especially when shooting at f 1.4 and an aperture as bright, as that also allows you to Shoot in very dark conditions a lot more easily, this lens’s build quality is pretty spectacular, to put it mildly, it’s awesome to behold and a very simple lens, too it’s metallic, very solid and pretty heavy weighing over a kilogram or nearly three pounds, it’s pretty big too. So it only really feels at home on a larger camera. The metal lens mount at the rear is edged with a generous weather, sealing gasket in zeiss’s distinctive hypnotizing blue color. The lenses. Only external control point is its focus ring which extends across almost the entire body, but is finished in rubber towards the bottom. It turns wonderfully smoothly and with a very long, throw about 230 degrees by my estimate, which allows for very precise, focusing the lens exhibits.
A moderate amount of focus breathing zooming in noticeably, as you focus more closely to your subject, as i mentioned already, this is a manual focus lens and it doesn’t have image stabilization, but you can control its aperture through your camera and get exif information in your files. The lens also comes with a metallic hood, which is deep and very nicely flocked on the inside to prevent reflections overall top marks for build quality here. So i really do know how to make a gorgeous manual focus lens, although its size and weight are certainly not for the faint hearted honestly. In some ways, i prefer the build quality of these zeiss milvis lenses to their far more expensive otis lenses. The milvis lenses are a little smaller and have extra weather sealing now. Let’S move on to picture quality, i’m testing, the lens on quite a demanding camera here, it’s adapted onto my 45 megapixel full frame canon eos r5 in the middle of the image at f 1.4. We see a slightly soft image with rather low contrast. Yes, the lens was focused correctly here over in the corners. Unfortunately, we see a very soft image again honestly, this lens was focused correctly disappointing, stop down to f2, and things are a little clearer in the corners. Is still a little jumbled, the middle of the image looks excellent. Now, though, at f 2.8, the middle of the image is absolutely perfect and the corners dramatically improved now, looking very good, f4 and f5.
6 see further little improvement, leaving you with excellent image quality, although the lens shines away from being truly razor sharp here, if you stop Down as far as f16, then a fair bit of softness will emerge from the effects of diffraction. I have to tell you now that i don’t think i had a faulty copy of the lens here. Its optics were well centered, and these results are actually largely in line with other reviews. I’Ve seen on the internet and with zeiss’s own published mtf charts for a two thousand dollar lens. The image sharpness here at bright apertures really is very disappointing. Now i could have tested this lens on an aps c: camera too my canon eos m6 mark ii, but that’s with a friend at the moment, and i doubt the results would have been good, though so let’s move on and look at the lenses, distortion and vignetting On full frame, we see moderate barrel distortion being projected here just enough to be noticeable in your pictures, but nothing dramatic. We are also treated some very heavy vignetting at f 1.4. The good news here is that if you stop down to f2 or f 2.8, then those corners do brighten up quite quickly still just an average performance here now let’s see about close up image quality. The lens can focus down to a very impressive 29 centimeters, giving you lovely, intimate images of smaller subjects. Very nice less. Encouraging, though, is that image sharpness deteriorates as you move closer.
Looking very soft at f, 1.4 f2 looks far better, though, and at f 2.8 sharpness is excellent. Again close up now, let’s see how the lens performs against bright lights. So far, its performances have been a little mediocre, but here we see a better than average, showing the lens shows little flaring and holds on to its contrast quite well and now bokeh. An important question for a very expensive, f 1.4 lens, is how nicely its backgrounds are rendered. Generally. The zeiss lens does a very nice job, its out of focus areas, look pretty lovely and soft overall, but not perfect, as you can see here at f 1.4 there’s, a strong cat’s eye shape to blockables even quite close to the center of the image and within Those brighter points we do see an onion pattern, substructure and finally related to bokeh – is longitudinal chromatic. Aberration it’s tricky to see here because of the soft close up image quality, but we do see a little color fringing before and after the plane of focus. Stop down to f2 or f 2.8, and it quickly goes away so that’s a slightly better performance than average in all fairness, so then, 2. 000. What do you think to a reasonable person? Is this lens really worth it because of its enormous price tag? I think i need to put my boxing gloves on here, because to use a colloquialism, this lens is all fills and no knickers it’s gorgeous on the outside, with absolutely superb build quality.
But the lens doesn’t have the technical image quality where it counts, especially at brighter apertures, performing way behind the average expectations of even a much less expensive, 35 millimeter lens sigma and tamron make 35 millimeter f 1.4 lenses that perform much better than this nowadays that’s. How much the photography industry has changed in recent times on the face of it? The lenses pictures look nice, its bokeh is pleasant enough and when stopped down, it is capable of good sharpness, but even very inexpensive. 35 millimeter lenses can achieve that as soon as you zoom into your images. For a closer look, a number of problems begin to emerge which will leave you feeling shorts changed.