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: Verdict

Whether you want this lens will depend on how much you are prepared to spend on a standard lens, and a manual one at that. If you decide that you don’t want to spend almost £1,000 on a standard lens it won’t be because this lens isn’t good value for money – just that it is a lot of money.

Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4

I began the test wondering how Zeiss could justify the asking price, despite its nice looks and quality build. I ended the test working out how much use I’d get from it if I bought one. It really is an exceptional piece of kit, and if sharpness, detail, clean edges and a delightful user experience are important to you, this lens was made with you in mind.

For moving subjects, your success will depend on your ability to focus quickly, or your acceptance of an all-encompassing depth of field. But for still subjects and tripod-mounted work there possibly isn’t a finer tool on the market. It is intoxicatingly good.


Lens elements:10
Minimum focus:45cm
Lens mount:Canon EF, Nikon F
  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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