Zeiss Introduces Milvus Manual Focus DSLR Lens Line

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Shortly after the launch of its Batis lenses for the Sony full-frame E-mount, Carl Zeiss is rolling out yet another lens line, this time a series of manual focus lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, called Milvus.

The Milvus series will initially consist of the following focal lengths:

  • 21mm f/2.8
  • 35mm f/2
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 85mm f/1.4
  • 50mm f/2 Macro
  • 100mm f/2 Macro

Prices range from a little over $1,100 for the 35mm to $1,843 for the 21mm and the 100mm. They’re expected to ship mid-October.

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Zeiss Batis Lenses Add Value to Sony A7 Series

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The problem with reviewing Carl Zeiss lenses is that in the end there’s often little to say.

Yes, I could repeat the press release or the articles published at the time of the announcement, which would tell you that Zeiss introduced a new line of autofocus lenses for the Sony full-frame E-mount, called Batis.

And that the first two lenses in this series are a 25mm f/2 and an 85mm f/1.8. That the 85mm is stabilized. That they’re both weather sealed. That the 85mm sets you back $1,200, while the 25mm goes for $1,300.

I could share with you the layout and the optical elements, dimensions and other things that one can put into a lens review to flesh it out and increase the chances that the search engines will find the fruits of the writer’s efforts.

But I’m not going to do that. I’m just going to tell you that these are some fine lenses and that they would be a worthwhile addition to your Sony kit if you can spare the money, are interested in these focal lengths and have the patience to wait for them, as they are in extremely short supply.

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Quick Comparison: Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 vs Sony 28mm f/2 and…

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Just before I headed to Europe at the beginning of the summer, I bought the Sony 28mm f/2 wide angle lens. It’s only $450, cheap for the Sony lenses that go with the A7-series full-frame mirrorless cameras. I also picked up a used Sony A7 II, so I had a camera to shoot in low light at high ISOs where my regular Olympus micro four-thirds kit doesn’t deliver the image quality I want.

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More Ambivalence – Sony A7R II Review

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The Sony A7R II that I rented for the past 10 days, brand new in the box from the rental company, needs to be shipped back today. Ten days, in between dropping off our son at college, isn’t enough to really test a camera this complex. But it’s enough to judge the key elements and to get a feel for it.

And to be ambivalent about it as I pack it up to return it. Ambivalence seems to be my thing with Sony cameras, I have learned.

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Barcelona with the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro Lens: A Review

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Lots of doubt had surrounded my taking the new Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro to Barcelona with me. For one, it’s a pretty heavy lens. For two, it’s a pretty large lens.

As such these aren’t problems, but large and heavy is just not part of the Micro Four-Thirds ‘gestalt’ and certainly wasn’t my idea of having a fun time shooting in a hot and humid city.

I had even bought the much smaller and lighter Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens to take along with me, so I could leave the 7-14mm behind and take to the streets with a lighter wide angle zoom.

Now, after four days in Barcelona, I find once again that life is full of ironies: I haven’t used the 9-18mm at all. It’s been sitting in the bag, untouched. And I haven’t used the 7-14mm wide open in the cathedral I most wanted it for, instead stopping it down for more sharpness.

Ok, moving on.

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