Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 review

The full-frame, manual-focus Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 is an ultra-wide prime designed for Canon and Nikon DSLRs

Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8
(Image: © ZEISS)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Although hugely expensive to buy, this widest-angle of the Zeiss Milvus range is typically immaculately engineered, has wonderfully refined handling characteristics and delivers beautiful image quality. The lack of autofocus won’t be to everyone’s liking but manual focusing with this lens is particularly smooth and precise. The Nikon-mount edition also features a de-click facility for the aperture ring, enhancing its usefulness for movie capture as well as stills.


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    Outstanding build quality

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    Impeccable handling

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    Luscious image quality


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    No autofocus

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    No de-click facility for Canon

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    Very expensive to buy

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The Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 is based on the company’s classic Distagon (retrofocus) design, aiming for consistent correction across the entire image frame, along with very low field curvature. It’s one of a number of Milvus wide-angle, full-frame compatible lenses available in ZE (Canon EF) and ZF.2 (Nikon F) mount options, also including 15mm f/2.8, 21mm f/2.8, 25mm f/1.4 and 35mm lenses in both f/1.4 and f/2 options.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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