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Carl Zeiss Milvus 18 mm f/2.8

Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
Model Milvus 18 mm f/2.8
Lens style Wide angle
Focal length 18 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 99.9 o
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m
Maximum magnification 1:7.4
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 14 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Dimensions 90 x 109.4 mm
Weight 721 g
Additional information Announced: 8.09.2016
2 aspherical elements, 4 anomalous partial dispersion elements
Dimensions and weight for Canon version
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  1. srk
    srk 11 August 2020, 16:33
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    IP 193.9.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: €200
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: * Heavy vignetting on 2.8 makes it really, really dark * On the dark side for an astro lens * Not overly sharp - don\'t expect to break any resolution records * Skies can look cyan on a bright day * Expensive!!!

    Pros: * Weather sealed * 18mm on Full-frame is wide! * Maybe the best wide angle lens for Nikon F mount * Low CA, low distortion and edge performance makes it great for shooting landscapes, once stopped down * Can mount 77mm filters * No color noticeable shifts in corners allows you to take great landscapes with water/rocks/snow in the frame, but there\'s still vignetting that needs to be dealt with.

    Summary: It\'s a tough call whether this is default choice for landscape photographers. The price point is hard to stomach, although the lens overall performance is quite nice - there are no visible problems and the image looks quite clean, although a bit dark when shooting wide open. Things start to brighten up past f/5.6 and corners become very good as well, maybe even better at f/8. Without being overly sharp, it certainly gives you nice, even performance for landscape. For Nikon F mount, it\'s probably the best lens optically, at 18mm, with very few options that can compete with it. For Canon EF, or mirrorless cameras, things are a bit more complicated at this price range. Hope that LensTip can make an official review of the lens.

  2. Leith Phillips
    Leith Phillips 21 February 2020, 02:18
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    IP 202.0.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: AUD$2700
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Price

    Pros: Light, sharp, minimal CAs, no distortion, little or no flare in contra light

    Summary: Expensive but worth every cent

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