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ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE2514MZE • MFR #2096-551
ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Seven Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
An impressive wide-angle lens featuring an equally impressive bright maximum aperture, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS is a versatile prime well-suited to variety of shooting applications, including landscape, nature, architecture, interior, and astrophotography. Its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture greatly benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field for using selective focus techniques. Complementing the focusing control is a sophisticated Distagon-type optical design, which employs two aspherical elements and seven anomalous partial dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity.
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ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Overview

An impressive wide-angle lens featuring an equally impressive bright maximum aperture, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZE from ZEISS is a versatile prime well-suited to variety of shooting applications, including landscape, nature, architecture, interior, and astrophotography. Its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture greatly benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field for using selective focus techniques. Complementing the focusing control is a sophisticated Distagon-type optical design, which employs two aspherical elements and seven anomalous partial dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity.

The manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. Additionally, Milvus-series lenses also feature an equally aesthetic and durable frosted, anodized metal lens-barrel surface along with a weather-sealed construction to protect against dust and moisture.

Wide-angle prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 40mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Seven anomalous partial dispersion elements are used to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
Two aspherical elements control distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 9.8" to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales along with hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
Weather-resistant construction includes internal seals to guard against dust and moisture as well as a blue sealing ring at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.

ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length25mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View81°
Minimum Focus Distance9.84" / 25 cm
Maximum Magnification0.22x
Optical Design15 Elements in 13 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.74 x 4.84" / 95 x 123 mm
Weight2.7 lb / 1225 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.11 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.6 x 6.7 x 5.65"

ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Reviews

I expected more...

By Mohamed
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

The brand "Zeiss", the nostalgia of my first Zeiss film camera and Zeiss binoculars some 5 decades ago, and all the reviews, perhaps set this lens up for unreasonable expectations? You be the judge: I had the lens for only a few days, and compared its performance briefly to my canon 24-70 2.8L II at 25 mm, on a tripod, both opened at 2.8 , 4 and 8, and shooting a skyline, 2 hours before sunset, with the sun over my right shoulder. I could not see any difference between the photos on large monitor. I cropped hard the pix from both lenses at 2.8, and printed them on 17x22 paper. Can't see a difference. The pros would probably do more agressive testing? Can my Zeiss copy be just slightly off? I can't recal whether I had rated the canon 24-70, which I had liked a lot upon receiving. If I had rated it 5, would it be fair to rate this 4 because it didn't rise to my very high expectations? The Zeiss is built like a tank, beautiful, and makes you feel good about having it (how important is that?) and I can open it to 1.4. While it is manual focus, it does signal to the camera when focus is achieved, and I could hear the beep, and see the dot in the view finder, indicating that it's in focus. Good help. I can't remember whether others had compared the Zeiss to the canon 24 L 1.4, which I don't have. I'll keep the lens because it's faster, but it is good to know that the much more versatile/flexible zoom is as good. I will probably use the canon zoom more than the Zeiss, but the latter will have its uses/niche. An after thought: in some reviews, people have not found much difference between some Milvus lenses, of which this is one, and top of the line Zeiss Otus. Is there room for some extrapolation here ? I suppose all is in the eye of the beholder

Dont buy it for the lens cap

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-14

There’s most likely a limited market for this lens. It’s big, heavy, and manual focus only. But, if you are into landscape astrophotography, and enjoy tripod work, I haven’t found a better selection. Yes, you’ll have a lot of explaining to do when the bill comes, so think about it first.   Maybe start slowly, you can also consider the 35mm f/2.0 for ½ the price. Just as good, but different. They both take on their own personality in the dark. Now then, for the negative, the lens cap on this lens is an embarrassment to the entire Zeiss family! Seriously? The lens is a 5+, though. Both of them.

great lens!

By Russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-15

This lens is very sharp, has great contrast and great colors.  Bright screen and wide angle make manual focus easy.  There is minimal chromatic aberration visible using a D-850 and 100% mag.  This is extremely minimal and easily fixed in Lightroom.  Images have are great and have a deep, rich look, with feeling of depth I see in other Zeiss lenses.  This lens is much sharper , has better contrast, and richer colors than my Nikon 24mm 1.4.  There are three down sides:  the minimal chromatic aberration, the weight, and manual focus.  I dont miss the autofocus much except for kids when theyre perpetual motion machines and manual focus really isnt an option.

Where to start? This will make you want all Zeiss lenses....

By Sevan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-11

I dont know how to begin but let me just say that my jaw hurts right now because of how much it dropped to the floor after using it first time. When I took my first few test shot I could not believe my eyes just how detailed, razer sharp, clear and that 3d pop I was getting. I was zooming in insane amount in the pictures seeing details like dust and microfibers that I have NEVER seen before in ANY lens that I shot with. This is my first Zeiss lens and definitely will not be the last.  The focus ring is so buttery smooth; an absolute joy to manual focus. If you think you do not like manual focus just wait until you use this baby because it will make you totally forget about it and LOVE manual focus. There is not enough space in this review to talk about how blown away I was with the image quality on my D810, build quality  and pure art of this lens. Its so beautiful I can stare at it all day. I can now understand why it costs so much because the images you will get out of it are totally justified. That zeiss pop is REAL! I cant wait to take it to the snowy mountains to capture breathtaking images in february. Make sure you get a nice carrying case for it to protect this beauty and accidental warranty! Thank you Zeiss for opening my eyes :)

Zeiss has done it again!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-15

I had heard so much about this lens, its sharpness, lack of CA, excellent contrast that I decided to give it a try. I must say it is very close to my Otus 28mm in many ways. Nice to have its weather-sealed capabilities too. Thank you Zeiss for bringing excellence in the 25mm range.

Wow!

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-24

The lens Is giving me images beyond my wildest dreams. This an update on my earlier review. I have canon 24 tar oil zeiss 21, 24,35,85,135 milvus and rented otus 28. Using canon 5d Mk 4. I shoot landscapes. I am ecstatic about the images from this lens. The 21 and 28 otus was fantastic, but the color and transparency of this lens is phenomenal. One series of shots at golden hour is truly breathtaking. I’m actually so excited about these images I can’t stop thinking about them. Medium format look. I will update further when take this lens to the Tetons. Distance resolution is the next big test vs otus 28. I did a Milky Way shot at f1.8 and did have coma on sides. I’ll recheck ay f2, f2.8 shortly.

Great lens family

By Michael
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-10

Have migrated from Canon L Zooms and 24tseii, to Zeiss Milvus Primes 25,35, 85,135 (and 21 distagon) for sharp, contrasty, detailed landscape images with best color out of the camera. I'm still testing, but here is some early feedback. I do not regret my expensive and heavy decision. Far better than Canon across the board. The 135 defies belief in every category. Stunning lens, prints are unbelievable. The 85 have good, but not OTUS contrast, but is crazy sharp at distance up to f8, though I still having questions and will test more on color, and focus stacking isn't great. I just finished a 10 shot pano 13 foot wide print file that has unbelievable detail. The 35 is a very nice lens at distance, and focus stacks very well. With a 5dmkiv at 30 megapixels, f8 is still very sharp. 25..Still testing. Color looks warm like the Otus 28. My copy seems less sharp than the 35 f1.4, and a bit less contrast than my 21 Distagon. Easy to use. No odd shifts while focusing. First sunrise with sun near corner had decent Zeiss sunstars, but had some flair that reduced their quality. Also had ghosting across the lens. I had been using the Zeiss 21 distagon and was sold on color, contrast, sharpness, and character. Everyone goes straight to the Zeiss prints and marvels at them. They are very easy to focus even on 5d mkiii and iv. Manual focus with the Canon 24TSEIi gave my eyes fits. And I had a really, really good sharp copy. I tested 6 before I bought it. While it was a bit sharper with more resolution than my Zeiss 21, I just couldn't always tell when it was in focus.The prints while clinically sharp didn't inspire me like the Zeiss prints. Zeiss images drew more comments and purchased prints. Zeiss was ez from day 1. I rarely miss a shot. The new 1.4-2 Milvus are also very bright. I can often focus in broad daylight without a hoodman, or focus cloth. Ez. I'll be shooting for 7 weeks this summer out west, and will update after I finish processing those images.

Incredible.

By blake
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-30

Big. Solid. Beautiful. Extremely sharp but pleasant rendering.

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