Zeiss has officially introduced three new Milvus-series lenses with support for manual-only focusing. The 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2 primes will be on-display at Photokina 2016 and will be released in late October this year.
The Photokina 2016 event is getting close and closer. At this point, we would have expected to see many more announcements from digital companies. However, they appear to be a bit shy compared to the 2014 edition.
Nevertheless, some companies have at least announced something. We can add another one to the list as the Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2 lenses are now official, as manual focus primes for DSLR cameras.
Zeiss adds three new manual focus lenses to the Milvus line-up
The family of Milvus optics gains three new models this fall. The first is the 15mm f/2.8, an ultra-wide-angle prime with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 It is said to deliver a 110-degree field-of-view for people with a keen eye for landscape photography.
Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 lens has an internal configuration consisting of 15 elements in 12 groups. The floating design includes a couple of aspherical elements and together they will be able to reduce chromatic aberrations and other flaws.
Going further, the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 lens is a super-wide-angle model with 14 elements in 12 groups. It also includes a pair of aspherical elements and a very small minimum focusing distance: 25 centimeters.
This product has a filter diameter of 77 and special distortion-free glass, which will also be helpful when capturing landscapes, as well as interior and architecture photography.
On the other hand, the Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 lens is of a different breed. It is a telephoto lens with a bright aperture that is aimed at portrait photography. Depending on occasion, you can use for multiple purposes, but its bokeh effects will remind you of its initial goal.
This fast telephoto prime has a minimum focusing distance of 80 centimeters, a filter diameter of 77mm, and 11 elements in eight groups.
Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2 lenses to be released towards the end of October 2016
Zeiss’ Milvus optics are designed to cover full-frame image sensors. They are made for the Canon EF-mount and Nikon F-mount DSLRs, albeit they can be mounted on APS-C cameras, too.
All of them will be displayed at the Photokina 2016 show this September, while being slated for release in late October. The 15mm f/2.8 version will cost $2,699, the 18mm f/2.8 unit will be priced at $2,299, while the 135mm f/2.8 optic will set you back $2,199.