ZEISS Adds New High-Speed 25mm Lens to Milvus Series

With 11 lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, ZEISS Milvus is a solid option for videographers.

The ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 is the newest focal length added to the company's lens range dedicated to full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. Developed for DSLR systems like Canon and Nikon, Milvus lenses feature manual focus control; compatibility with high dynamic range shooting; a silent, continuous aperture; and all metal housing. They come in EF or F mounts. 

With the addition of the new 25mm f/1.4, the Milvus line now features 11 focal lengths ranging from 15 to 135mm, including two macros. Four focal lengths—25, 35, 50, and 85mm—have an aperture of f/1.4, making them an ideal option for filmmakers. 


Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZF.2Credit: ZEISS
If you ever used a ZEISS lens, you know you're going to get solid optical performance. Milvus lenses in particular will produce sharply focused images with high resolution digital cameras. Because the level of light stray is low, images will have good contrast across the entire image field shooting in HDR. All Milvus lenses feature a T* antireflective coating, developed specially for ZEISS, to reduce stray light reduction and a pitch-black lacquer to trap light in the mechanical components preventing further reflections. Each focal length has its own individual optical design and tailored glass displaying anomalous partial dispersion to keep color fringe to a minimum.

Image taken with 25mm f/1.4 MilvusCredit: Tim Allrich

The 25mm f/1.4 high-speed wide-angle lens can capture detailed images in low light and a large, 172-degree manual focus rotation angle has a smooth, buttery feel to give you full control of your workflow. Focus changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder and the lens has engraving in meters and feet with a focus scale adding additional support. The continuous aperture setting (de-click function with ZF.2 mount) and the long focusing range are ideal for video. ZEISS Lens Gears provide options to add a follow-focus system to your rig.

Milvus 25mm f/1.4
Milvus 25mm f/1.4Credit: ZEISS

A 15 lens element, 13 group "Floating Element Design" provides optimal image performance across the entire focal plane.  Additionally, an ergonomic design enables fatigue-free filming and reduces camera shake. With the all-metal housing, adjustments are a haptic experience and factory seals protect against dust and splashes. 

The ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 will be available starting November 2, 2017 with a price tag of $2,399. 

Tech Specs: 

  • Focal length: 25 mm
  • Aperture range: f/1.4 – f/16
  • Lens elements / Groups: 15 / 13
  • Focusing range: 0.252m (9.93") - ∞
  • Free working distance: 0.093m (3.66") - ∞
  • Diameter of image field: 43mm (1.69")
  • Flange focal distance: 
    ZF.2: 46,50 mm (1.83″)
    ZE: 44,00 mm (1.73″)
  • Image ratio at MOD: 1:4.6
  • Filter thread: M82 x 0.75

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A bit of an ugly design... :-/

October 18, 2017 at 6:18AM

You voted '-1'.
Matt Carter
VFX Artist / Director / DP / Writer / Composer / Alexa Owner

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.

October 18, 2017 at 7:08AM

Patrick Ortman
I tell stories for money.

And then you hold one in your hands, and you realise it is a thing of beauty...

October 24, 2017 at 3:14AM

Director of Photography

Definitely care about how well this lens resolves, especially for full and super35 shots at atleast F2.
Less care about how "fashionable" the lens body itself looks to others.

October 18, 2017 at 8:36AM, Edited October 18, 8:41AM