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ZEISS Milvus 100mm f/2M ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE1002MZE • MFR #2096-563
ZEISS Milvus 100mm f/2M ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • Planar Optical Design
A portrait-length prime featuring a high 1:2 maximum magnification for close-up shooting, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 100mm f/2M ZE from ZEISS features a floating elements system for consistently high image quality when working with both near and distant subjects. Based on the classic Planar optical design, this lens features two anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to control aberrations and distortions for even illumination and sharpness throughout the aperture and focus ranges. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and clarity.
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ZEISS Milvus 100mm f/2 Macro Overview

A portrait-length prime featuring a high 1:2 maximum magnification for close-up shooting, the Canon EF-mount Milvus 100mm f/2M ZE from ZEISS features a floating elements system for consistently high image quality when working with both near and distant subjects. Based on the classic Planar optical design, this lens features two anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to control aberrations and distortions for even illumination and sharpness throughout the aperture and focus ranges. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and clarity.

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.

Short telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 160mm equivalent focal length.
Ideal for macro shooting, this lens offers a half life-size 1:2 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 1.4' to suit working with close-up subjects.
Bright f/2 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also enables extensive control over depth of field.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
Two anomalous partial dispersion elements are used to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
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.
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 100mm f/2 Macro Specs

Focal Length100mm
Maximum Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View25°
Minimum Focus Distance1.44' / 44 cm
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Optical Design9 Elements in 8 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.19 x 4.09" / 81 x 104 mm
Length at Maximum Extension5.88" / 149.3 mm
Weight1.85 lb / 843 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.245 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.55 x 6.75 x 5.5"

ZEISS Milvus 100mm f/2 Macro Reviews

The Best 100mm Macro Lens!

By Israel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-07

The ZEISS Milvus 100mm f/2M ZE Macro "has it all" for professional macro photography - Super sharp lens even at wide open aperture (and very sharp at f5.6 to f16), color rendering is just beautiful and the way it controls highlights is superb! the only thing you have to be aware of is the color fringing that is noticeable when you shooting at f2 wide open (easy fix in Capture One or Lightroom) - but it disappears at f3.5 and beyond. It's a wonderful high-quality lens especially for studio work using a tripod and manual focus.

Amazing Contrast and Color

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

I shoot primarily with a Nikon D850 and I am a stickler for clarity and resolution. The Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2 ZF.2 delivers that plus amazing clarity and beautiful color rendition. I bought the Zeiss primarily for macro, but it is also a stunning portrait lens. I love my Sigma Art lenses, but I may have to save up for a Zeiss Otis next.

Absolutely Love This Lens

By Gerhard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-15

This is Milvus lens is used on a Nikon D850. After having used this lens for a month now I feel compelled to write this review. This is not so much about the technical aspect of this lens as anyone considering this lens most likely has studied the specifications. The manual focusing of this lens should not be a deterrent as the long focus throw is simply as precise as it gets. I use this lens on a tripod for slow and deliberate photography. It is very satisfying to slow down and compose and have control of the situation. The color rendering is stunning. I cannot say enough superlatives about the Milvus 100m F/2. Without hesitance I say this lens is special in a way that's hard to describe. Please see my samples below. Thank you.

Wow!

By Kenneth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-16

This is a spectacular lens. While manual focus and only able to focus to 1:2 (half life size, not life size), it is capable of producing stunning photographs. Closeup and macro photography is usually manual focus so the lack of AF is not an issue. The long focus throw enables very accurate focus wide open, causing the subject to pop out of the background. The lens is heavy and very well built, with weather sealing, metal barrel construction and even a metal lens hood. The only downside is that Zeiss lenses are expensive.

Quality Image

By Burdette
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-29

I like this lens. But to be honest, the only reason I bought it is because Nikon stopped making the 105mm F/2.8 Macro lens which was a much better price and for my work just as good of a picture.

Excellent Short Telephoto Lens

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-10

No need to write a long technical review for this lens as their are many that are easy to find. Everyone touts the macro and even portrait capabilities of this lens but I did not find much out there about the use of the lens as a short telephoto for Landscape photography. I use this lens with my Nikon D850 and it is the first lens that I have purchased that keeps up with the Cameras high resolution digital performance. It’s sad that other lens makers aren’t keeping up here. This is a truly amazing Sharp, high resolution lens, Excellent in all respects. Thank you Zeiss!

Super sharp

By Guy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

Super sharp. I use it on the GFX50R. Don't need to crop

outstanding!

By Walter P.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-22

This must be one of the best macro lenses on the market. I'm using it via adapter on an MFT body. I was afraid at first that using only 1/4 of the full-frame capacity of this lens would yield only mediocre performance, Not so. I can crop an image down to 1/8 of what is recorded on an MFT sensor and the detail remains excellent.

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