Damien Demolder finds out whether the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 is worth its near-four-figure price tag

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Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4


Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review


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Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review: Introduction

If you’re happy with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, standard lenses for full-frame cameras are usually reasonably priced, of good quality and compact enough to avoid adding weight or bulk to your camera set-up. Recently, however, there has been a growing trend for faster standard primes that carry a premium in price, weight and size.

This Zeiss Milvus 50mm is one such 
lens – but it demands that premium and more. It’s a monster of a lens, with a vast forward element, a bulbous barrel and a weight that suggests it’s smuggling lead. For most of us these characteristics will be placed firmly on the negative side of the balance sheet, so a lens like this needs to offer something very special just to even out the scales, let alone 
put the unit in a positive light.

This 50mm is part of a new range of lenses from Zeiss. All manual focus and with a striking family resemblance, the range is designed for Nikon and Canon users, and they provide a covering circle extensive enough for full-frame sensors. While most of the Milvus family 
has been re-clothed and adapted from the previously existing Classic ZE/ZF.2 range, 
this 50mm f/1.4 and an 85mm f/1.4 are completely new optical designs. And the design of the 50mm f/1.4 needs to be pretty spectacular to make this lens worth the money.

  1. 1. Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review: Introduction
  2. 2. Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review: Features
  3. 3. Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review: Performance
  5. 5. Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  6. 6. Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review: Verdict
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