Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2 review (little bit of perfect)

Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm F/2 Review (little Bit Of Perfect)

Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2: B&H Photo | Adorama

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic Sonnar Optical Design
  • Floating Elements System
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott tested the new Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2 lens. And he is pretty fond of it.

He writes:

It is fairly large and definitely heavy, but this isn’t unusual in the current trend of full frame lens design.  Despite these very real challenges the lens is a masterful option for those looking for the ultimate 135mm lens.  It’s a joy to shoot with, and produces images that look amazing right out of the camera.  If you pride yourself on doing minimal post processing, you will love the Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 2/135mm; images look great without being touched.  If you are looking for a magical telephoto for shooting video, you will love this lens.  It is special, and I’m so glad that it has found its way into the Milvus lineup.

Dustin Abbott praises the “superb optical performance that is rarely matched and never outdone“. A sample pictures gallery is here. You can go for the written review, or watch the 16 minutes full review video below.

Want to know more about the Milvus 135mm f/2 outstanding optical features? Don’t miss the video below.

Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2: B&H Photo | Adorama

Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 and Milvus Distagon T* 18mm f/2.8 first look videos

Zeiss Milvus 135mm F/2 And Milvus Distagon T* 18mm F/2.8 First Look Videos

Dustin Abbott had the chance to have a first look on two of Zeiss’ recently announced new Milvus lenses, the Milvus 135mm f/2 and Milvus Distagon T* 18mm f/2.8. All new Zeiss Milvus lenses can be pre-ordered

Canon EOS M5 hands-on and introduction video

Canon EOS M5 Hands-on And Introduction Video

Canon EOS M5: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay.nl

At a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot EVF, Touch and Drag AF Control
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth Smart
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 9 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Digital IS 5-Axis Image Stabilization

The Canon EOS M5 is here, and it seems to be anything users wanted. Tony & Chelsea Northrup posted an overview video that you may be interested to watch.


DPReview posted a critical article about the EOS M5, named “Opinion: The EOS M5 is Canon’s best ever mirrorless camera, and a big disappointment“, and in my opinion is one of the many, boring Canon brand-bashing reviews without any relation to the real world. Since Canon is market leader, I guess throwing mud on the company is some hipster-like thing the makes you look cool.

A large selection of EOS M5 pictures (not samples shot with the EOS M5) can be reviewed at Photography Blog.


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV reviews and hands-on round-up

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Reviews And Hands-on Round-up

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay.nl

At a glance:

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card Slots
  • Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

Well, it’s amazing how fast DPReview got their comprehensive Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review ready. They write:

[…] the 5D Mark IV[…] is the most refined 5D yet […] This is a camera that will stand up to years of abuse and churn out images with appreciably better quality (and at a faster rate) than its predecessor. The touch screen and Dual Pixel AF offer users more shooting options, and the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC will be an important addition to those working in the field. It may not be a revolutionary update, but this evolutionary update will find its way into the hands of thousands of working professionals, and it will reward them with better and more reliable results than ever before. For those that don’t need it, the Mark IV won’t be an exciting camera. But those that do now have a new and improved all-rounder that will last them for years to come.

Next, Amateur Photographer’s first impression:

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV hasn’t stunned us in the same way as the EOS 5D Mark III did when it first arrived in 2012. Whereas the EOS 5D Mark III was quite a major step up from the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV feels more of a modest upgrade. Although it adds appealing features and is undeniably the most advanced EOS 5D-series model we’ve seen to date, my lasting impression from a brief hands-on with the camera is that it’s not quite as cutting edge or revolutionary as hoped. There’s often a strong case for skipping a generation – current EOS 5D Mark III owners who don’t necessarily require 4K video functionality and are content with the image quality produced by their 22.3-million-pixel CMOS sensor may find it hard to justify an upgrade, whereas original-EOS 5D and EOS 5D Mark II users who didn’t make the move up to the EOS 5D Mark III are much more likely to find the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV an appealing option.

A quick first impression with low light sample pics by De.Light Photo.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Image Gallery by Dustin Abbott

Below: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Unboxing and First Look by Dustin Abbott


Below: Jared Polin, aka Fro Knows Photo, compares the EOS 5D Mark III to the EOS 5D Mark IV.


Below: Again Fro Knows Photo with his Canon EOS 5D Mark IV “Real World Review”: Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV pre-order links after the break.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DxOMarked, best Canon sensor so far, still behind competition

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DxOMark put the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV under examination in their labs. The EOS 5D Mark IV scores better than any other Canon DSLR, getting a score of 91.

However, Canon’s new full-frame DSLR is still behind the competition. The Nikon D810 and Sony a7R II, which score 97 and 98 respectively.

Writes DxOMark:

[…] Canon has certainly caught up with the competition, but remains behind the top sensors in Sony and Nikon cameras. The Sony A7R II offers over two-thirds of a stop better color (26 bits compared vs 24.8 bits), but only marginally better dynamic range (13.9 EV vs 13.6 EV), thanks to the big strides forward Canon has made in this regard.

[…] Canon enthusiasts and pros alike have been chomping at the bit for the latest upgrade to the 5D series. For stills photographers, the EOS 5D Mark IV doesn’t disappoint, boasting an array of enhancements to the autofocus, metering system, and resolution, as well as adding intriguing new features such as Dual Pixel RAW mode.

Read the review at DxOMark…

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV pre-order links after the break.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV teardown by LensRentals

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All pictures © LensRentals and used with permission.

LensRental’s Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz did it again. They completely disassembled the brand new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

They write:

The weather sealing on the Canon 5d Mark IV appears pretty robust […]  The shell of the camera has an interlocking construction with lots of pins and clips and more screws than previous Canon cameras. This makes it kind of a pain to get into, but I’m sure it adds to the shell’s overall strength. It might make it more weather resistant if the parts are held together more tightly […].

There are more chips, and more and heavier connectors moving electrons from board to board than even the Canon 5Ds cameras have. This kind of makes sense because there’s lots of new stuff in here: a touch screen LCD, dual-pixel technology, WiFi, GPS, the list goes on. […]  There are some empty spaces that aren’t packed full of electronics. In other words, this camera probably could have been a bit smaller but Canon wanted to keep the form factor the same.

canon eos 5d mark iv

There is much more in the original article, along with a huge set of picture documenting the teardown step by step. Read the article at LensRentals…

You can rent the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV at LensRentals.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV pre-orders links

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body

USA – $3,499 – Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £3,599 – Park Cameras

Germany – WEX Cameras | Calumet

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens

USA – $4,599 – Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon 

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-70mm IS USM Lens

USA – $4,399: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

Battery Grip for 5D Mark IV (BG-E20)

USA – $490: Adorama | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £329.99 – Park Cameras

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens

USA – $2,199: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon 

UK – £2,349 – Park Cameras

Germany – WEX Cameras

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

USA – $1,099: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £1,129 – Park Cameras

Germany – WEX Cameras

Canon W-E1 WiFi adapter

USA – Adorama B&H Photo | Amazon

UK – Park Cameras

More pre-order links after the break.

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