DxOMark recently has tested the new Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 ZE lens for Canon EF mount DSLR cameras. This Milvus 2/35 ZE lens is a manual focus lens, US price for this lens is $1,117.00. Tested on Canon EOS 5Ds R, the DxOMark score for this lens is 36. See the detail below:
Zeiss Milvus 2/35 ZE Lens comparing other 35mm lenses:
Conclusions from DxOMark:
The performance of the ZE (EF-mount) Canon version is very good, with nice low-light results and high levels of sharpness, particularly in the center of the frame. The Milvus 35mm f/2 realizes more of the sensor potential of the lower-resolution chips in the EOS 5D Mark IV and the 1D X Mark II compared to the EOS 5DS R. It does achieve its highest overall sharpness score of 25 P-Mpix on EOS 5DS R, but this represents only half of the camera’s 50.6Mp sensor resolution.
Compared to Canon’s original EF 35mm f/1.4L and the alternative Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZE, the Milvus delivers very comparable results across the board. However, the Milvus doesn’t quite match the heights for low-light performance and sharpness compared to the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II or Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 A, which boast autofocus, too.
This said, if you want some first-class German engineering to attach on the front of your Canon DSLR, the Carl Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 is a beautiful lens and delivers good results.