ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • 1 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Element
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Floating Elements System
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F

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ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 overview

  • 1Description

A standard, bright wide-angle prime for the Nikon F mount, the Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens from ZEISS utilizes the Distagon optical design, with one anomalous partial dispersion element, to produce well-controlled imagery with minimize chromatic aberrations and distortions. A floating elements system is also used, for consistent performance throughout the focusing and aperture ranges, in order to achieve even sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to markedly reduce lens flare and ghosting for working in trying lighting conditions.

Its manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. This ZF.2 lens also features a manual aperture ring that can be manually de-clicked for silent, stepless switching between aperture setting to benefit video applications. 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.

This 35mm f/2 lens is designed for FX format Nikon F mount DSLRs, and can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 52.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2 maximum aperture benefits working in varying lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field.
Distagon type optical design incorporates one anomalous partial dispersion element to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions for a high degree of sharpness and clarity.
Floating elements system maintains consistent performance when working with both close-up and distant subjects.
Enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating controls ghosting and flare for high contrast, color-neutral imagery.
Manual focus design is benefitted by laser-engraved focusing and depth of field scales, along with an IR position dot and hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
The 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.
In the Box
ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • De-Click Key
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 specs

    Focal Length 35mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Angle of View 62°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.3
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 7 Groups
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.03 x 3.20" / 77 x 81.3 mm
    Weight 1.43 lb / 649 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.079 x 5.512 x 4.646"

    ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 reviews

    Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lens My first review was after owning the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 ZF.2 lens for 10 days. I was really impressed. I have now owned the lens for 7 months and shot several thousand photos using it and I am even more impressed. I have used the lens in my professional engineering work on several projects now. Indoors and out doors under extreme weather conditions and the lens has never failure to do what was ask. The photos are the property of my clients and I can't show them at this time. I have also used the lens for personal use indoors and out. The first photo is of my Hasselblad taken in my studio. I often photo failed parts, the Hasselblad shows how well they can be rendered. The second photo is Sun Set - I hit the Golden Hour right on the button with that one. Notice lack of lens flare and the excellent contrast. The Zeiss Milvus 35mm beats my other none Zeiss lenses for lack of flare and contrast.
    Date published: 2017-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens Initial Review I have only had the lens for 10 days. The manual focusing is not a problem. I have used the lens on a Nikon D800. and the Nikon F4 with black and white film, T-Max 400. With the D800 the Zeiss Milvus 35mm at F2, appears to have the same image quality as my Nikkor 85mm F/1.4 D at F/1.4 and 180mm F/1.8 ED at F/2.8. The Zeiss Milvus with the Nikon F4 was exceptional. The film contrast was outstanding and equal to or better than I get with the Hasselbald with it's Zeiss lenses. The contrast showed up much better with black and white film and with color from the D800 sensor. I am a Forensic Engineer and high quality technical photography is very important to my business. I can't wait to use the lens in a field application.
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Sharpest lens I have ever owned, and just a lovely thing to behold. I'm a landscape guy, so the 35mm focal length (full-frame) is kinda my normal lens. Never seen one better.
    Date published: 2016-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes the old Distagon 2/35 Obsolete Noticeable difference in image quality compared to the old 2/35 Distagon. Feels lighter than I expected it to. The lens is shipped with the aperture in the de-clicked position, which surprised me because at first I thought it was defective. The lens comes with a De-click tool that is required to switch to and from the de-clicked position. I could see this tool getting lost or misplaced easily if you don't have put it away in a safe place immediately (and remember where you kept it). It's not a big deal but I don't know why Zeiss couldn't design this feature without using a separate tool. I own the Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4 and this new Milvus is a lot lighter. Less flare and CA even wide open. Even with f/2, I feel overall, it's a better lens. Definitely much easier when shooting video. So far can't find a Con to this lens. Cost of the lens is not even that bad.
    Date published: 2015-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Lens I Want The Entire Line Got a copy of this lens from one of the first early batches that shipped. The construction is rock solid. The manual focus and focus markings are buttery and bold, with more throw distance then any of the Nikon G lenses I own. It does not interface well with my D610 body if I want to manually adjust aperture on the lens dial. De-clicking the aperture and using it on the D610 is also weird as a spring or lever on the D610 prevents the loosely adjusted aperture dial from staying in place well. Those can be problems, but I don't care about those in the big scheme. If taken this lens for two still photo assignments and had great results with mild paced action sports. When I focused the lens manually properly, the images were stunning. Overall I've been using this lens on the Sony FS5 using one of two Metabones adapters, a speed-booster ultra and another just Nikon F to Sony E-mount adapter. I LOVE this lens for video, which is primarily why I purchased it. As of today I plan to add the Milvus 50mm 1.4 and 85 1.4 lenses to my camera bag as soon as possible. I'm not seeing any relevant issue of chromatic aberration and wide open in real world use I'm not seeing any distortion or vignetting worth noting, if any. This lens has some weight to it.
    Date published: 2015-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Improved bokeh, sharpness; reduced microcontrast Very well-built lens. All metal and rubber construction. Weather-sealed with a hood that fits the lens perfectly - this thing is a joy to hold. Focus is nicely dampened and easy to use. High quality workmanship from Zeiss as expected. While, optically, the 35mm f/2 Milvus is similar to the 35mm f/2 Distagon it replaced, the new coatings give the lens a look better suited to video. Microcontrast and saturation are reduced, while bokeh and sharpness appear to be improved. This gives the lens a very smooth, sharp look that looks great on digital cameras and makes grading and post-processing for different looks much easier. That said, I actually prefer the classic Zeiss look - images from my Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar ZF.2 are punchy, saturated, and have that subjective Zeiss 3D look to them straight out of my film and digital bodies. But that's a bit harder effect to work with in post, especially if you're after a low-contrast, desaturated look for your images. In short, this new 35mm Milvus is an amazing lens - great ergonomics and build quality, great bokeh and sharpness and very easy to work with when post-processing stills and video. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2016-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar Great for stills or video. Sharper and better bokeh than my Sigma 35 Art. This lens has become my new favorite with the BMCC; has that cinematic look that MFT lenses lack. As a long time user of Zeiss glass I'm accustom to their quailty but Zeiss has really produced a winner with the Milvus line up.
    Date published: 2016-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent medium wide landscape lens. For me, a lens is a tool and as a tool it can only be judged is relation to the job I ask it to do. That job is landscape photography and for that purpose, this lens is very well suited. I always use a tripod, so lens speed is not important, depth of field is. The f/2 maximum aperture allows a smaller minimum aperture. The depth of field scale is easy to read and use and I use it for virtually every photograph. I very seldom want fast focus but when I do I find using an appropriate hyperfocal distance more useful than autofocus.
    Date published: 2016-05-30
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    ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 Q&A

    ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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