Expanding upon the high-end manual focus line of Milvus lenses for DSLR cameras, today Zeiss announced they are adding three new additions. These new lenses — a 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8, and 135mm f/2 — will feature the same solid optical quality housed within a beautiful barrel design that the Milvus line is known for. Created for both high-resolution photography and videography, the new lenses will begin shipping at the end of October.
All Zeiss Milvus lenses have a floating elements design and use T* anti-reflective coating. Together, many common image errors are compensated for right in camera, such as flare and ghosting. The lenses are dust and weather resistant, and feature a full-metal barrel.
The Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 uses a Distagon lens design with 15 elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric lenses. The super wide-angle lens offers a 110-degree field of view. Something fairly rare for super wide-angle lenses like this is that the 2.8/15 also has a 95mm filter thread.
The Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18 is a compact super wide-angle lens that also uses the Distagon lens design. There are 14 elements in 12 groups packed in, with two aspheric elements. The 2.8/18 has a 99.9-degree field of view and can focus as close as 0.25 meters, making it useful in architecture and landscape applications. The filter thread size of this lens is a more standard 77mm.