On Thursday 10th September and Friday 11th September 2015 I was invited to the headquarter of Zeiss in Germany.
The reason was the introduction of the Milvus lens collection. I must admit that personally I was more looking forward to the introduction of either a new Batis or Loxia lens. Unfortunately for me it was the Milvus lens line up.
As I had the Sony A7II with me I took the chance to test not only the new Batis lenses but also the new Milvus lens on the Sony A7II. In order to do this I had to use a Metabones lens adapter. Thanks to Zeiss for the generosity of borrowing the lens adapter to me.
I used the Zeiss Milvus 2/35 on my A7II and thoroughly enjoyed using it. Yes it is a bit large on the Sony but the fun of a Zeiss manual focus lens is not to be described. The focus ring on the Milvus lenses are so buttery smooth and extremely accurate to use. It is so easy to focus with these lenses. Especially using the Sony A7 series cameras! Focus peeking and of course the magnification makes manual focus very easy.
The only thing which did not work is the automatic magnification as it does on the Loxia lens lineup.
What I did have on my Sony A7II were the two Batis lenses. The Zeiss Batis 2/25 and also the Zeiss Batis 1.8/85 and Wow what for lenses these are. On pictures both lenses look rather large and heave but quite the opposite is the case. Of course they are not small and neat like the Sony FE 35 2.8 but they are nowhere near as large as the Nikon 85mm lens.
The Autofocus is spot on and fast enough for most situations. Yes on the A7II it will start to slow down when the light is dim but I have the same issues with my Fuji X-T1. That is the downside of a contrast based autofocus.
I will try and get my hands on both the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and the Zeiss Batis 1.8/85 to have more time to evaluate these great lenses. After only using them for such a short time I don´t want to write too much. In my opinion a short test is not enough time.
Below you can find some photographs I took with the different lenses on the Zeiss event. I will also show you a shot which I took with the Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 which is supposed to be the best lens for full frame cameras. See for yourself. I am blown away by the image quality, the sharpness straight out of the camera with now sharpening added to the raw file. And the bokeh is out of this world.
Take a look at the images and feel free to drop a line of what you think.