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Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Review - Performance

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Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Performance

Sharpness is simply excellent at every aperture, centre and edge, peaking at around f/8. At especially the middle apertures the figures centre and edge are very close, resulting in a beautiful evenness across the frame.  

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 MTF Charts

How to read our MTF charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges.

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution as LW/PH and is described in detail above. The taller the column, the better the lens performance.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Nikon D810 using Imatest.


CA (Chromatic Aberration) is well under control both centre and edge. If further correction is needed, which is doubtful, then we can look at software solutions. This will for most applications be unnecessary.

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Chromatic Aberration Charts

How to read our CA charts

Chromatic aberration (CA) is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimize the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Nikon D810 using Imatest.


Barrel distortion might be expected in a fast 25mm lens, and here it measures a reasonable -1.59%. Again, this can be tackled in software if necessary, but apart from the most demanding architectural shots this will probably not be needed. In any event, for general shots a slight barrelling tends to be accepted. It's what our eyes have become used to.

Flare is well controlled and not generally a problem. In the most demanding of situations, perhaps where the sun is encroaching on the image, it is possible to induce a small amount of flare, but this is an extreme case, and the worst scenario is a slight haze or loss of contrast.

Bokeh is the quality of the out of focus areas in an image. Sometimes with very high resolution lenses it can result in the bokeh being a bit harsh. In this case the bokeh is very well gradated and gives a smooth result can could well be described as creamy. Because of the bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, pleasant out of focus backgrounds can be achieved, despite the naturally deep depth of field with a wide angle lens.

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Sample Photos


Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Aperture range

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