Zeiss unveils ‘future-proof’ fast 35mm prime

Zeiss has announced a full-frame Milvus 35mm f1.4 lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, which it claims is almost free from edge-to-edge chromatic aberrations.

ZEISS Milvus f1.4 35mm Lens (PRNewsfoto/CARL ZEISS SBE, LLC)

Construction is 14 elements in 11 groups, consisting of aspherical elements, along with ‘special glass materials’, and a new ‘highly complex’ mechanical design is credited for it.

‘This means the photos are practically free from chromatic aberrations,’ says Christophe Casenave, Zeiss product manager. ‘The resolutions of camera sensors are constantly becoming higher, and this also increases the demands made on the lenses. For Zeiss Milvus lenses this is no problem. They are a solid investment in the future.’

Zeiss is gearing this manual focus, quick prime lens toward portrait photographers.

‘The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur,’ says Casenave. ‘The manual focus enables very exact focusing, and the creamy bokeh provides an excellent image look. And even at full aperture the image quality leaves nothing to be desired.’

The lens is also well-equipped for landscape and street photographers thanks to the robust dust- and splashproof design.

It’s the tenth lens in the Milvus family.

It will be available from July 2017, with an international RRP of US$2200

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