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For many photographers, lenses with a focal length of 35 millimeters are part of their basic equipment and considered true allrounders for reportage, street photography and landscape photography. With an excellent imaging performance and a large aperture, the new ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 also positions itself as the perfect choice for creative portraits.

This tenth member of the ZEISS Milvus family has been developed from the ground up. “With aspherical lenses, special types of glass and a complex correction, we have given this lens a completely new optical design”, explains Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. And it was worth the effort because the images are practically free of color fringes. This is also confirmed by portrait and lifestyle photographer Peter Grüner, who was able to test the new lens beforehand. “With my ZEISS Classic 1.4/35, chromatic aberrations are visible at f/1.4 to f/2. With the new ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35, I noticed absolutely nothing, even with extreme motifs and light from the front.” While developing the lens, ZEISS naturally thought of future camera generations. Christophe Casenave, therefore, considers the ZEISS Milvus lenses a secure investment for the future.

The new Milvus 1.4/35 delivers this excellent image performance even at an wide open aperture of f/1.4 – an important criterion for accomplishing exciting portraits. While the main focus point of the subject is sharp and rich in details, the harmonious bokeh creates a unique portrait look. One’s view is automatically directed to the essential parts of the photograph. “Due to the fast aperture, the subject can be nicely isolated from the background,” explains Christophe Casenave.

“The photographer can use this creatively, and therefore achieve his vision of the perfect composition. Professional wedding photographer Mathew Irving incorporates this perfectly into his wonderful portraits. The manual focus in combination with a long focus throw allow the photographer also to place the emphasis in the image very pointedly. “The focus is pleasant to operate and turns smoothly to give you full control over the focus point,” reports Peter Grüner.

Peter Grüner also noticed a “unique ZEISS characteristics”. This feature has mainly to do with the contrast rendition. But what does contrast rendition actually mean? When we talk about contrast it is always micro contrast, i.e. structures, which we can just about see or just cannot see with the naked eye. Also, In photography, there are often situations in which bright light sources are present in the field of view or nearby. Such light sources are often brighter than other image contents by several orders of magnitude. At ZEISS multilayer coatings were designated as “T*-optics”. These anti-reflective coatings have considerably improved the performance of optical systems providing you with results of incredible contrast, amazing color reproduction and reduced flare. All these characteristics are often mixed up with each other in the term ‘brilliance of the image’. This is often refered to as the ZEISS 3D POP. This is a feature that can be noticed throughout the entire Milvus lens family.

Another charateristic of the Milvus family is the color rendition. In the case of the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is exactly attuned to the other ZEISS Milvus lenses. This is an important aspect for photographers, but even more so for cinematographers as they can switch easily between the different focal lengths while still getting a consistently uniform color look. “This makes the post-processing much easier and saves time,” says Casenave. By using the optional ZEISS Lens Gears, the manual focus can be operated with a follow-focus system. For the versions for the Nikon ZF.2 mount, the iris can be changed to a continuous aperture using the De-Click function. In this way, the ZEISS Milvus lenses are also suitable for ambitious film projects and high-quality productions. Like all members of the Milvus family, the new ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is also protected against dust and spray water. Therefore, using the lens in bad weather presents no problem whatsoever, which is good news for street and landscape photographers. The robust metal barrel also makes this lens a reliable and long-lasting companion when working under tough conditions.