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June 29, 2017 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 Image Gallery

The Carl Zeiss company recently announced another high end prime lens in the Milvus series – the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4.  The Milvus 35mm f/1.4 is a completely new optical formula and covers one of the the most important focal lengths in any photographer’s bag.  The Milvus 35 is big, heavy, expensive…and beautiful inside […]

April 24, 2017 Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Apo Sonnar T* Review

  So I finally have in my hands an autofocusing Zeiss with image stabilization to boot. Have I died and gone to heaven? Not quite. It is then that I wake up and realize that the Batis 135 isn’t actually for a camera system I own. No, this beautiful Zeiss lens is made only in a […]

April 5, 2017 Zeiss Batis APO Sonnar 135mm f/2.8 Image Gallery

So, for the first time I have my hands on an autofocusing Zeiss with image stabilization.  Only one problem:  it is made for a camera system (Sony E-mount) that I don’t own!  That hasn’t cooled my enthusiasm for this beautiful Zeiss lens with amazing optics, and, while I’m not thrilled with a number of ergonomic […]

March 3, 2017 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* Review

  Ludicrous Mode American automaker Tesla has become one of the darlings of the auto industry with their high performance electric vehicles. One of the ironic aspects of Tesla’s Model S sedan is the ability to unlock “Ludicrous Mode”. Ludicrous Mode is a software enabled setting where everything goes into “hyperdrive” and the already high […]

February 15, 2017 Zeiss Otus 1.4/28mm APO Distagon T* Image Gallery

The Carl Zeiss company definitely knows how to make premium lenses with beautiful optics…and very expensive price tags.  Few lenses typify this more than the extravagant Otus series.  The Otus 1.4/55mm, 1.4/85mm, and now 1.4/28mm are all wide aperture premium prime lenses with exorbitant prices.  The Otus 28mm f/1.4 takes that to new level, with […]

October 3, 2016 Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 18mm f/2.8 Review

A Happy Medium? In the midst of Zeiss’ second wave of Milvus lenses come an entirely new lens: the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 2.8/18mm. The Milvus 18mm replaces a classic Zeiss 18mm lens that had a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and wasn’t up to the exacting standards of the 15mm and 21mm Distagon lenses. This […]

September 24, 2016 Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 Review

A Little Bit of Perfect…For Some When the Milvus line launched in 2015 there were six concurrent lens releases. Of those six, two were brand new lenses replacing very different lenses in the “Classic” lineup (1.4/50mm and 1.4/85mm). Four others were “reskinned” lenses built around existing optical formulas but with a new look and build. […]

September 12, 2016 Zeiss Milvus 2/100mm Review

Don’t Call Me Makro Until this point my coverage of the Milvus line from Zeiss has focused on the the lenses with new optical formulas, namely the 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses. Over this past year, however, I’ve gotten a lot of requests to review the Milvus 2/100mm (100mm f/2), a rebuild of the […]