ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

B&H # ZE2514MZF2 MFR # 2096-550
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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Seven Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F
$2,399.00
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ZEISS 25mm f/1.4 overview

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An impressive wide-angle lens featuring an equally impressive bright maximum aperture, the Nikon F-mount Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 37.5mm 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.
Manual aperture ring has clicked indicators throughout aperture range. Using the included De-Click Tool, this ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
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 25mm f/1.4 specs

Performance
Focal Length 25mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 81°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
Magnification 0.217x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.6
Optical Design 15 Elements in 13 Groups
Features
Autofocus No
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 82 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.74 x 4.84" / 95 x 123 mm
Weight 2.58 lb / 1171 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 6.6 x 5.5"

ZEISS 25mm f/1.4 reviews

Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The landscape lens of choice for discriminating users This lens is not for everyone. It is ungodly heavy. It is expensive. It is comparatively huge. It is obviously manual focus. However, everything the best Zeiss lenses have, is there with this lens. The famous Zeiss color that is so natural. The sharpness. The "pop". It is better than all of the competition in either mount (I have used most of all of the Nikon and Canon 24mm lenses as well as the Sigma 24 art lens), but I can not tell you whether it is better enough given the cost/size/weight and being manual focus as that is a decision everyone has to make on their own. I think if you are a discriminating photographer who will use this lens for landscape, then this the obvious choice.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Glass I have had this lens for about 10 days after having previously tried it on a rental. For landscape, when focused properly, it is extremely sharp and the color rendition is phenomenal. Before purchasing this lens, I had also tried the Milvus 15mm 2.8, the Milvus 35mm 1.4 and the Otus 28mm 1.4. This lens is so close to the Otus that it's hard to justify the difference in cost unless one is a full time high end professional. Frankly, I can't really see where there is any obvious difference, even enlarged up to 20"x30". The lens is used on a Nikon D810.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you have never shot with a Zeiss, rent one and try it. As a long time Hasselblad C series and Nikon mount ZF.2 guy, I expected to see the 25 f1.4 "look" like the Zeiss lenses we hear about. And it does. These babies are a bit like a Ferrari - you just don't know one till you see and hear it. For me, the lack of auto-focus is a sad fact since there really are times I need it - never needed it before, but this ain't "before". Sony(s) have it, why can't I. Still, when I just gotta have it, I take the hit and use an AF zoom. Like I said, for those of you who know anything about Zeiss, this "25" is one of their best and I do have a bunch of others to compare it to.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Otus-like Before deciding on a wide-angle lens, I rented both the 1.4/28mm Otus and the 1.4/25mm Milvus. I have, and love, both the 1.4/55mm Otus and 1.4/85mm Otus lenses, so I figured there would be no contest. After a week with both lenses, I bought this 1.4/25mm Milvus. On my Nikon D850, it is bitingly sharp edge-to-edge, and has amazing micro-contrast. I loved everything about the 1.4/28mm Otus but the focal length. For me, the 25mm focal length was more useful, and I don't feel like I've given up too much as opposed to the 1.4/28mm Otus. Images from this lens are spectacular, with breathtaking micro-contrast detail and that glorious ZEISS family look. This lens has become my second-favorite lens after the spectacular 1.4/85mm Otus (although the 2/135mm "Classic" lens is a very close third). This lens is very easy to focus, especially using Live View at 100%. Like other ZEISS lenses, the large focusing throw allows very precise focusing. I can't recommend this lens highly enough.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This one will make you start your lens selection all over. After spending two years in the Army as a photographic officer, I went to grad school on GI and worked 36 hours a week at Altman Camera in Chicago.� �In college, I had gone through some pretty decent gear: Nikon F with 50-105-200, Leica with 35-50-90, so I was not a heavy wide-angle user: a firm believer in "Enemy number one of the good photograph is the superfluous" and gravitated towards my 105mm Nikkor.�� However, as a still camera salesman, I was confronted with eager amateurs who wanted a wide angle lens.� �My usual approach was to have them look through their camera with the 50mm lens on it.� �Then I would switch to a 35mm and they would look again.� Mostly, they were disappointed.� It wasn't sweeping vistas.� It did not seem to them that different from their normal lens.� �I would then put on a 28mm and NOW� they thought --- that is a wideangle lens: 74 degrees , not 46 degrees.� �Mostly, they purchased the 28mm.� � � However, as to my own use, the 35mm became integral.� At that time, many of the magazine photographers would be seen with a Leica M2 with 35mm and Leica M3 with 90mm lens.� �Eventually, that would be supplemented with a Nikon F and a 200mm or 300mm lens.�� � � � � �I stopped pushing 28mm because it just didn't have the universality of the 35mm� --- it was too wide for a lot of stuff and not quite wide enough for landscapes or dramatic perspective.� �When Nikon came out with their 24mm f2.8 it immediately became a top-seller.� You could buy a 24mm and later add a 35mm if you were so inclined.� It was faster and sharper than the 21mm lenses then available. � � � �The camera salesmen were aware that Leica and Zeiss were considered the best lens makers.� � There are certain drawbacks.� I picked up my Leica M2 with 35mm Summaron and 50mm Summicron from DuPage Photo from a guy who purchased the pricey outfit, put two rolls of film through it before determining he hated rangefinder focus.� �The problem with the Zeiss lenses were that they attached to the Zeiss Contarex camera, a heavy piece of gear that was not great on reliability, and COST A FORTUNE! � � �Now we have the glorious choice: for those of us who don't even listen to discussions about whether 7 frames per second is enough or you have to have more� (7 fps at 1/1000th second means you missed 993/1000 of that second --- the decisive moment still counts.� Nor those who spend countless hours determining and adjusting their cameras so the auto-focus will be optimum, again these are manual� focus lenses.� �Try it and you will either fall in love with manual focus or decide it is too much trouble.� �With these large maximum apertures and the brilliant Zeiss glass,� focusing the lens is an exercise in sublimity.�� � � � I had purchased the 85mm Milvus Planar and immediate;u retired my other portrait lenses (mostly) and picked up a 35mm f2 used.� �When the 25mm was announced, I put my name on the list and I think I got one of B&H's first shipment. � � � It was better than I expected.� The dynamic range of the images seemed better than what I had seen with my eye.� �The colors had the Zeiss saturation just as my Hasselblad lenses delivered.�� � � � �Before the 25mm came along, I had thought that the� lens kit complement for wide angle would be a 21mm and then perhaps a 15mm if I found I would use it.� � Now, the 18mm seems to be the perfect complementary piece.� � � � � � It remlinds me of the fine images that the 24mm Nikkor delivered but at c0nsiderably higher plane of shaprness, color saturation, dynamic range, etc.� �I'll probably never use my 24-70 Nikkor at its wide end ever again. � � � � With the Zeiss long throw focus, focusing is not an effort, it is an adventure. David Blocher
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishly sharp I knew going in that this lens is heavy--very heavy. What you get for that is astonishing clarity and brilliant contrast. I'm using this on my new D850 and the combination is unbeatable with a camera of this size. Use a tripod and focus very carefully--with this level of detail, missed focus really shows. The wide f1.4 aperture helps with focusing.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very impressive lens! in my limited use so far,i have been very impressed with the sharpness and the true to life colors right out of camera and lens combination.very smooth manual focusing and dof scale seems right on the money.if you can afford it and dont mind manual focusing,this should be a great lens for you,especially for landscapes and interiors also......i am wanting to test it on the milky way and will doing so soon!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yet, another Zeiss lens to my collection. Since I have retired I always wanted to try a manual focus Zeiss lens. The Milvus line has made that possible. The 25/1.4 is the newest addition so I expected much the same from this lens as my others (18,35,50,135) and I was not disappointed. I use these lens on my D850 and have learned to hand hold though I mostly shoot using a tripod. The rangefinder on the D850 is very good, much better than the D810's rangefinder. I rely on the rangefinder when hand holding, but use live view w/focus peaking when on a tripod. This lens is heavy and one of the larger lens in my lineup, but still a joy to use. I have now retired my 24-70mm/2.8G and 50mm/1.4G Nikkors. The image below was shot at f1.4 during low light conditions handheld at 1/200s using the D850/battery grip. My left hand moves under the lens with 2 fingers near the lens hood giving me the steadiness I need to hand hold. As of this review LR does not have the 25/1.4 profile added yet, but I did not need it for this shot. The Zeiss Milvus lenses are not for everyone. I grew up with manual focus lens so this was not something new I had to learn. But it has brought back the joy and has forced me to take my time. And being retired I have no clock to report.
Date published: 2018-09-23
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Designed for use with:

  • Nikon D4s
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D7500
  • Nikon D800E
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D810A
  • Nikon D850
  • Nikon Df
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