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ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE5014MZE • MFR #2096-557
ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Four Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
Pairing the normal focal length with a complex Distagon optical concept, the Canon EF-mount ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE is also characterized by its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture to provide a well-realized combination of sharpness, clarity, and shooting flexibility. The optical design incorporates four anomalous partial dispersion elements and one aspherical element to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions for notable clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range. A floating elements system is also employed for consistent performance when working with both near and distance subjects. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in difficult lighting conditions.
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ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Overview

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Pairing the normal focal length with a complex Distagon optical concept, the Canon EF-mount ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE is also characterized by its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture to provide a well-realized combination of sharpness, clarity, and shooting flexibility. The optical design incorporates four anomalous partial dispersion elements and one aspherical element to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions for notable clarity and sharpness throughout the aperture range. A floating elements system is also employed for consistent performance when working with both near and distance subjects. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in difficult lighting conditions.

The manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. Additionally, Milvus-series lenses also feature an equally aesthetic and durable frosted, anodized metal lens-barrel surface along with a weather-sealed construction to protect against dust and moisture.

Normal-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides an 80mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Four anomalous partial dispersion elements are used to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
One aspherical element controls distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 1.5' to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales along with hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
Weather-resistant construction includes internal seals to guard against dust and moisture as well as a blue sealing ring at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.

ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View46°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design10 Elements in 8 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.27 x 3.86" / 83 x 98 mm
Weight2.03 lb / 922 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.079 x 5.433 x 4.646"

ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Reviews

Perfection

By Eugueny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-07

You are getting a perfect 50mm lens. Superb contrast, flare resistance and resolution even at f/1.4 on a 60MP sensor (I used a Sony mirrorless adapter). The other two lenses in this class that I am comparing the Zeiss to are Canon 50mm f/1.2L and Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, and the Zeiss is better than both. The trade-off is weight & bulk. It's huge especially compared to the Summilux.

Beautiful and Expensive

By Melton
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-09

Focusing is really challenging at f1.4 even with the rangefinder aid on my Nikon DSLR. But once you get proficient at focusing, you'll notice the soft transition to the out of focus areas.

Love it

By Mike
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-13

All the other reviews convinced me, and they're right! Get it.

Awesome Quality

By Kedar
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-06

I don't know what to say about this lens, i was shocked and amaze by the quality. I wish if they make AF system, but still this lens is beast.

Perfect for me, maybe not for everyone

By Rodgers
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-20

For context, I'm mainly a video guy using Blackmagic, but I use my lenses for photography often as well. Previous 50mm's of mine are the Canon 1.4 which is capable, but I generally don't like it. And the Sigma 1.4 Art, which is one of this lens' main competitors. The Sigma is an excellent lens, it's crazy sharp at 1.4, has autofocus, and has a good build. The reasons I moved on from that lens are the focus ring has really short travel for manual focus. I didn't love the bokeh, which is totally subjective (It's definitely not bad or anything). Finally, it seems slightly dark, my guess is due to its lens coating. 1.4 feels a little like 1.8 for instance. It's a real solid lens overall, those cons are not a big deal, but it just wasn't for me. So onto the Zeiss. The Cons for the Zeiss are: 1) although it's sharp wide open, it's slightly less sharp than the Sigma. 2) The Zeiss has some purple fringing in some situations below F1.8. 3) It doesn't have auto focus (doesn't bother me) My Pros for the Zeiss are: 1) and this is the main thing. The images are super artful. Really nice bokeh, nice contrast, and color. To my eye, it takes really beautiful pictures. 2) the build is superb 3) the focus ring has really long travel for proper manual focusing, and it is beautifully dampened. 4) weather sealed

Excellent Glass

By Theodore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-26

Having spoiled myself with two other Zeiss lenses, I opted for another to replace my Nikon 50mm. Please note, the Nikon isn't a bad lens at all. The Zeiss lens happens to be better. My use is cinematic video production. (Yes, I know it's not supposed to serve as a video lens, but you can't beat the quality for the price.) The image is super clear and even across the entire frame. It really is a new level of shooting. It is heavy but I'm don't consider that a drawback because it feels very sturdy and well-built. The focus is very exact and can bite you if you don't know what you're doing. Nonetheless, it makes you become a better cinematographer. My product has increased in quality. I have done some unpaid stills for friends and I have surprised myself since I do not consider myself a still photographer. In fact, a friend compared pics from a pro he paid and noted the evident, better quality of my work. Definitely a lens that is worth the investment.

Sold my Otus 55 for this

By rayan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-10

Ultra High res. Ultra Micro Contrast. Ultra quality. Only downside versus the 55 Otus is that the internal focus of the Otus is much smoother and lighter. Other than that, this lens is 10/10

I really wanted to keep this lens!

By Connie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-29

The lens itself is wonderful. Feels substantial and well built. The focus ring is very nice. I worked with it for a bit over a week and was unable to get the crisp focus I wanted, to no fault of the lens. My eyes are not that great (I wear glasses and every year the prescription changes for the worse, it seems) and found trying to focus was driving me nuts. I tried several different diopter strengths for the eyecup (and the adjustment knob on the camera) and just could not see well enough to focus the lens. I'm very sad, it just didn't work for me.

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Asked by: Hossam
No, the aperture on the ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF is controlled from the Canon camera body.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2022-05-26

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Asked by: James
Yes. You will have focus peaking on the Canon EOS RP when using this lens.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2021-03-19

Anyone try mounting the 50mm 1.4 or 2.0 on an ...

Anyone try mounting the 50mm 1.4 or 2.0 on an APS-C crop camera? Would you get similar to the 85mm Milvus on full frame? Any thoughts?
Asked by: Henry
Depending on the camera brand, there are a number of different APS-C sensor sizes with effective crop factors ranging from 1.52x - 1.6x when used with full frame lenses. The ZEISS 50mm lens will create an angle of view ranging from 76mm - 80mm when used on one of these cameras.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2019-02-07

Do the Zeiss Milvus lenses come with lens gears?

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Asked by: Cousteau
The ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF does not include lens gears. This is what is included: Front and Rear Lens Caps Lens Hood Limited 2-Year Warranty
Answered by: Lawrence
Date published: 2018-12-14

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Does this lens work manuals focus guide for Canon eos R ?
Asked by: Thanh
This lens would allow for the use of focusing peaking when adapted to a Canon EOS R.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-11-01

is the manual focus linear or fly by wire?

is the manual focus linear or fly by wire?
Asked by: dan
The ZEISS MIlvus lenses are true manual focus and do not rely on electronics or motors to focus the lens groups.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2020-01-19

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What is the main difference between the Milvus and the Zeiss Planar 50 1.4 ZF.2 ?
Asked by: Carol
I own the classic version and the Milvus version (50mm 1.4) the Milvus is a completely new design and BLOWS away the classic version, no comparison!
Answered by: Bryan S.
Date published: 2021-12-04

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I preordered the 50mm. Does this come with lens soft bag? Thank you
Asked by: Evelyn M.
No, the lens does not come with a case or soft bag.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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