Gaining Control and Attaining Sharpness with the ZEISS Milvus Lenses

April 20, 2017 ZEISS LENSPIRE Team

Every shoot is a challenge

Being a photographer has its challenges. I specialize in portrait photography which includes conceptual and fashion editorials, as well as wedding photography. Every shoot is a new challenge to me especially as I work with human beings; breathing and moving individuals who are unique in their own ways. To ease my workflow, the equipment I choose to work with plays a significant role, particularly with regards to the right focal length for my subject as well as the image quality.

Working with manual focus changed my perspective

To be honest, I had my doubts when I was first given the opportunity to work with the ZEISS Milvus lenses – it was never about the quality but the manual focus. Years of shooting with auto-focus lenses had kept me in a comfort zone that I was uncertain about leaving. Working with the ZEISS Milvus lenses has changed my perspective.

© Victor Tong, NIKON D4, Milvus 1.4/85, F/10, 1/200 sec., ISO-100, painted woman © Victor Tong, NIKON D4, Milvus 1.4/85, F/11, 1/160 sec., ISO-100, painted woman

Taking back control

Instead of making the process more challenging, it gave me control while at the same time, encourages me to slow down and really look at the image in front of me while I double check the focus point. That allows me to explore my creativity and also spot any required adjustments to the subject. Besides, focusing manually means to allow precision. If you manage to hit the “sweet spot” when focusing, the sharpness of the image is a killer.

85mm – my choice for portraits

Nothing else that I have used comes close to the ZEISS Milvus lenses in terms of image quality. I fell in love with the Milvus 1.4/85 in particular. 85mm has always been my choice of focal length for most of my portraiture shoots. The Milvus 85mm surprised me with the impressive image quality and sharpness from center to corner of the frame. This is especially crucial for commercial shots as they have to meet the clients requirements. They need to be able to see sharp images showing all the details. The build quality of the lens is an additional bonus; you can actually feel the difference once you get your hands on it!

Sure, a little more time might be needed when working with the manual focus Milvus lenses. However, I definitely gain more advantages in the end. This is also being recognized by other photographers. For instance, I placed amongst the Top 10 International Photographers in PPAC 2017  for my work created with the ZEISS Milvus lenses!

© Victor Tong, NIKON D4, Milvus 1.4/85, F/11, 1/200 sec., ISO-100, golden woman with birdcage © Victor Tong, NIKON D4, Milvus 1.4/85, F/11, 1/200 sec., ISO-100, woman with birdcage

About the Author

International wedding and portraiture photographer, Victor Tong founded CASH Studio (Malaysia) in 2011 which has since grown to become one of the most sought after photography studio by 2013 in Malaysia. He took the big leap to give up his 9-to-6 job, and with more time to focus on his new career, he started venturing into collaborations with different fashion and lifestyle magazines; that is when he grew fond of shooting conceptualized fashion portraits.  Today, his work has generated many international accolades and awards. Victor is also the ambassador of the Professional Photographer Asia Community (PPAC) in Malaysia and the only photographer who has maintained the Top 10 International Photographer title consecutively for two years. | Homepage

 

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