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September 08, 2016 05:00 ET

Zeiss Expands Milvus Family With 15mm, 18mm, and 135mm Lenses; Pre-Order at B&H Photo

Photography News: Zeiss Unveils New Milvus 15mm f/2.8 and 18mm f/2.8 Super-Wide Angle Primes, Along With a Milvus 135mm f/2 Telephoto Prime, All Featuring T* Anti-Reflective Coatings, a Floating Element Design, and High-contrast Rendition for 6K Video and Higher

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 08, 2016) - B&H Photo would like to share Zeiss's announcement of the Milvus 15mm f/2.8, Milvus 18mm f/2.8, and the Milvus 135mm f/2. All three manual-focus lenses will be available with either Nikon F or Canon EF lens mounts, offering APS-C or full-frame sensor support. Among these lenses, the 15mm f/2.8 offers the ability to capture the widest perspective, with a field of view of 110°. Color fringing and distortion are minimized even with large apertures, due to its Distagon design of 15 lens elements in 12 groups, which includes two aspheric lenses. Additionally, specialized optics with anomalous partial dispersion and a floating-element design help to prevent chromatic aberrations over the entire focusing range of 9.84" to infinity. This revised model also has a removable hood for mounting 95mm filters more easily.

The 18mm f/2.8 is also a super-wide-angle Distagon lens, with a field of view of 99.9° and minimal distortion. It is constructed with 14 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric lenses. Similar to the 15mm, the 18mm also features a floating-element design plus a minimum focusing distance of 9.84". Internal focusing complements its compact length of about 3.6". The 18mm f/2.8 is an excellent choice for landscape and architectural photography.

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

  • Full-Frame / FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Floating Elements System
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

With its 18.7° field of view, the Milvus 135mm f/2 offers a perspective well suited to portraiture, and it has a resolving power able to match even the highest-resolution DSLRs. Its Zeiss Distagon design of 11 lens elements in 8 groups effectively corrects color aberrations while creating pleasing, out-of-focus highlights. Additionally, its 2.62' minimum focusing distance ensures versatility for any subject requiring a short to medium-telephoto lens.

Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 ZE Lens for Canon EF

Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

  • Full-Frame Format / FX
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Anomalous Partial Dispersion Glass
  • Apochromatic Sonnar Optical Design
  • Floating Elements System
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Even under critical lighting conditions, the Milvus 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8, and 135mm f/2 all feature T* anti-reflective coatings which help to minimize ghosting, flare, or shading effects. When used for video capture, their high optical quality delivers uniform color characteristics that are enhanced by high-contrast rendition, which fulfills most modern video standards of 6K and higher. Video capture with these Milvus lenses is further complemented by rubber focus rings with a large rotation angle that enables precision and a good grip. Weather-sealed metal lens barrels ensure long, reliable use, and are compatible with the Zeiss Lens Gears, which make it easy for filmmakers to obtain smooth follow focus.

Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Nikon

Nikon versions of Milvus 15mm f/2.8, Milvus 18mm f/2.8, and the Milvus 135mm f/2 also include a manual aperture ring with a De-Click function that allows cinematographers using Nikon DSLRs to respond to changing lighting conditions in a quiet and infinitely variable way by directly adjusting the lens.

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