Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2 Macro lens test results published by DxOMark. Tested on the Nikon D810, the macro optic achieved an excellent result overall.
The bright telephoto prime is the fastest 100mm macro lens on the market and closes the gap between long range and breathtaking close-up shots. The lens achieved a score of 40 and ranks high in their database.
According to DxOMark test, the lens has optimum performance across the image field. Transmission, distortion, and chromatic aberration are all excellent, while vignetting, measured at –1.6EV in the extreme corners, is also well-controlled.
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2 Macro Lens Gets DxOMarked
Milvus 2/100M Lens Vs. Zeiss Macro 100mm f/2 lens Vs. AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED VR Lens
Many of the models in the Classic range were based on Zeiss Contax designs, and while excellent, it was inevitable that they would be refreshed to meet the slightly different demands of modern digital SLRs. The original 2/100, however, was a relatively new design and an outstanding optical performer anyway, so any serious updates to the optical design would likely have resulted in a stiff premium. As it stands, the enhancements in the new T* coating have brought both a welcome increase in sharpness levels and in uniformity across the field, all achieved while maintaining the price of the original model. While it’s not exactly cheap, optical quality like this rarely is.