ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

BH #ZE2128MZF2 • MFR #2096-548
ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Five Low Dispersion Elements
  • Distagon Optical Design
An expansive wide-angle for Nikon F-mount cameras, the Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2 from ZEISS features a sophisticated optical design to control distortion and produce sharp, clean imagery with a dynamic perspective. A Distagon concept, along with a floating elements system, is employed for consistent performance throughout the focusing range and five anomalous partial dispersion elements are featured to control chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color accuracy. For minimizing flare and ghosting, an enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions.
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ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Overview

An expansive wide-angle for Nikon F-mount cameras, the Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZF.2 from ZEISS features a sophisticated optical design to control distortion and produce sharp, clean imagery with a dynamic perspective. A Distagon concept, along with a floating elements system, is employed for consistent performance throughout the focusing range and five anomalous partial dispersion elements are featured to control chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color accuracy. For minimizing flare and ghosting, an enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to benefit 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.

Wide-angle prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 31.5mm equivalent focal length
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in available-light conditions and is also well-suited for astrophotography use.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Five 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, from 8.7" 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.
Manual aperture ring has clicked indicators throughout aperture range. Using the included De-Click Tool, this ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
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 21mm f/2.8 Specs

Focal Length21mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View90°
Minimum Focus Distance8.66" / 22 cm
Maximum Magnification0.2x
Optical Design16 Elements in 13 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.74 x 3.66" / 95 x 93 mm
Weight1.62 lb / 735 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.055 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.6 x 6.75 x 5.5"
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How does this Milvus 21mm compare to the Contax Zeiss 21mm? Trying to decide if I want to buy the Milvus or buy the Contax Zeiss 21mm.
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Other than the focal length similarity, both lenses are nearly the same size and weight, with a minimum focus distance of 3' (0.9 m). The depth of field scale and aperture setting can only be read from the front of the Biogon lens. Both lenses render beautifully, while the Biogon lens seems to have higher contrast, and the Contax has somewhat better resolution, and less contrast. The results with either lens are outstanding and mostly matter of personal choice.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2021-04-08

Is this lens made in Germany? Or Japan?

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Asked by: Scot
The following lens is made in japan.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2021-08-15

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How many blades does the diaphram have? Are they rounded?
Asked by: Fred
The lens has 9-blade circular aperture.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2021-05-21

will this work on an older f series camera like ...

will this work on an older f series camera like an f3?
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Yes this lens can work on a Nikon SLR body like an F3.
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Date published: 2021-09-13

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How does the Milvus compare to the Contax Zeiss 21mm?
Asked by: Tony Y.
While also a manual focus lens like a Contax Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm, the Milvus offers an electronically controlled aperture on Canon EOS bodies, improved lens coatings and a weather sealed design.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2021-05-21

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How does the Milvus version of this 21mm lens compare to the older Distagon version?
Asked by: jeb
Used the older model a few years ago. The Milvus is more ergonomic, with more subtle shape. I believe this model has more weatherproofing. Beautiful, smooth lens. What a pleasure to use.
Answered by: Robert W.
Date published: 2019-12-26

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I see aperture ring and numbers in the product image. If this was used on D7200, does the camera recognize the aperture selected on the ring? And how do the 1/3 aperture stops work?
Asked by: Anonymous
The aperture selection on the ZEISS Milvus ZF.2 lenses can be done using the ring on the lens barrel, or via the sub-command dial on the camera. This choice needs to be made in the set-up menu on the camera (refer to the D7200 user manual for more information). When the aperture ring on the lens is chosen, the aperture is changed in 1/2 stop increments. When the aperture is controlled via the camera using the sub-command dial, then the aperture can be controlled in 1/3 stop increments. When using this method, the aperture on the lens should be set to the lowest level until it clicks into place. Otherwise you will see EE readings in the camera menu.
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2021-04-08

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Would it work with aparture priority, automatic ISO and shutter priority modes of Canon 5DSR? Also, does this camera correct for distortion and fringing as it does for Canon lenses?
Asked by: Anonymous
Aperture Priority - Yes. Aperture is controlled in the lens by the camera body.Shutter Priority - Yes. Shutter speed is wholly a camera body function and is not affected by choice of lens.Automatic ISO - Yes. ISO is wholly a camera body function and is not affected by choice of lens.The in-camera lens correction for in-camera JPEG images only works with Canon lenses.
Answered by: michael b.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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