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Monday, October 19, 2015

Zeiss 50mm and 100mm Milvus Macro Lens Review

Zeiss Milvus line of lens

In an attempt to fend off challenge from other lens manufacturers, especially the Sigma Art series of lens, Zeiss has decided to offer a 'lower priced' line called Milvus. It is still not cheap but only time will tell whether this is a winning strategy. The current Zeiss Otus line is so over-priced and does not present a compelling reason for many photographers to own them.

The new Milvus line will be primarily fast prime lens, from 21mm to 100mm, with speeds of f/1.4 to f/2.8. Sigma has come out with a fine line of Art prime and short zoom lens in the last couple of years. Their standout 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is especially a great value and has given the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 some real competition for a fraction of the price.

Below is a video from DigitalRev testing the Milvus 50mm and 100mm lens. I am hoping Canon will step up to the challenge and announce replacement to the EF 50mm f/1.4, EF 50mm f/1.2L and EF 24-105mm f/4L lens soon.

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