The new, completely redesigned Zeiss Milvus 25mm/1.4 wide-angle lens is for all of us who love great optics, manual focus operation and don't mind to carry a bit more weight to achieve crisp, excellent edge-to-edge results. The lens has 15 elements arranged in 13 groups with Zeiss T* coating and is based upon Zeiss' Distagon technology, a "retro-focus" element design resulting in very good correction out in the corners combined with very low field curvature. Even wide-open you get sharp results with very few flaws.
Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25
At ca 1200g / 41oz and $2 per gram, or ca $100 per mm, this is a hefty 25mm lens.
Without AF and no image stabilization this lens might not be for all of us. Since many Nikonians Community members are landscape shooters though, this might be a lens you will consider when upgrading your arsenal. For obvious reasons (landscapes do not tend to run away from us), MF lends itself very well to this photography discipline.
Classic aperture ring is good to have, and a no-brainer to include at this price.
Zeiss built quality and optics are well known to be excellent. The price point definitely reflects this fact, with a street price around $2 400 USD. Zeiss offers this lens with two mounts, our dear Nikon F mount (called "ZF.2") and a Canon mount (called "ZE").
The sharpness and resolution of this lens is excellent throughout the aperture range with a small improvement, as so often, around f/8. If you are interested in discussing this lens, maybe thinking about buying your own, then please join the other members in our MF forum.
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