ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

B&H # ZE5014MZF2 MFR # 2096-556
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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 1 Aspherical Element
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • 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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ZEISS 50mm f/1.4 overview

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The Nikon F mount Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens from ZEISS pairs the normal-perspective focal length with a complex Distagon optical design in order to achieve notable image quality, even when working with the fast maximum aperture. The lens construction incorporates four anomalous partial dispersion elements and one aspherical element to control 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.

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 50mm f/1.4 lens is designed for FX format Nikon F mount DSLRs, and can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 75mm equivalent focal length
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also enables extensive control over depth of field.
Complex Distagon optical design features four anomalous partial dispersion glass elements and one aspherical element to benefit performance when working with wider apertures. This design also significantly reduces chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and sharpness.
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 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • De-Click Key
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ZEISS 50mm f/1.4 specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Angle of View 46°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.7
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 9 Groups
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.26 x 3.70" / 82.9 x 94 mm
    Weight 1.93 lb / 875 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 5.433 x 4.646"

    ZEISS 50mm f/1.4 reviews

    Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Lens I have Purchased, Period This is the best lens I have purchased without a doubt. Focusing the lens was not as daunting a task as some people make it out to be. I was amazed at the results when I shot inside churches at ISO 3200 because where I used to see noise in the dark parts of the pictures, especially in the ceilings and corners, there was not any noise to speak of. I like this lens so much that I now do not use my zoom lenses (Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 and 16-35mm f4.0). I also don't use apertures above f5.6 because this lens is so sharp. This is the first I have even written a review because I have never been this impressed enough with a single product. I would tell anyone thinking about acquiring this lens to just do it, you won't regret the results.
    Date published: 2016-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy good! I bought this lens to put on a video camera as it features the de-clickable iris but I used it recently in a studio photo session paired with my Nikon D800 and it performed amazingly well. The colour, the 3D feel to the photos is hard to explain. If you can, go see the guys at B&H and try it on your camera...you will love it. Warning: it is a pro lens and it doesn't suffer fools. It slapped me around a bit at first as it takes time to get used to the manual focus and no IS. But keep at it and you will be rewarded with some fine images. Now I want the 85 Milvus.
    Date published: 2016-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens I am a forensic engineer. I use this lens in my work, both in the field and in the lab with studio lighting. I have had the lens for two weeks and have used it on one project that involved field work and studio conditions. The lens does an excellent job of rendering very fine color gradations. I have found that very little correction is needed in Lightroom CC. I have a Zeiss Milvus 35 mm F/2 also. The focusing with the 50 mm is different especially at closer distances and takes some getting used too. The key for me is excellent performance under poor weather conditions with difficult lighting. Six months and 1000 photos from now I will have a better idea about the lens, but it is a keeper.
    Date published: 2017-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sell your first born - Sack standard zooms - beautiful I photograph Horse racing in winter light and weather and performance / dance drama and anything else they'll pay me for. This series of lenses are my go to for remote set ups and people and place images. While the bread and butter are the preserve of the Nikon 70-200 and 300 2.8 As soon as you feel the weight you know that these lenses are high quality, serious equipment. Sure metal and glass is harder to hump round all day than Nikons increasingly plastic OE but the quality of the images produced is worth the wrist strain. The construction and combination of elements produces a minimum of distortion and chromatic abberation is minimal. Beautiful optics coupled with a smooth long travel focusing action. I would and do rather carry 4 of these than the short zooms I used to rely on. I took some images with the 28-70 2.8 two weekends ago and couldn't believe the difference! What was I thinking. Expensive they may be but these will out live me with the minimum of routine maintenance, will take the knocks that full time in the field will deliver. Buy some you won't be dissappointed.
    Date published: 2016-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Prime Lens I have been making a living in photography since the late 70's and have always loved fine prime lenses. When this lens first came out I had to try one. The build quality is sheer joy. I have always preferred a larger camera (Nikon 810 or larger) and this lens fits nicely on a larger body. It may be a bit much for someone who likes compact cameras and lenses. Image quality is superb as expected. You will see a bit of vignetting wide open which is expected. Stop down a bit and that disappears entirely. One thing to note is you must be comfortable with a manual focus lens. The first thing I did was photograph my 2 year old granddaughter in very low light at f/1.8 She was moving around the room so fast it was a challenge for me to keep up with the focus. I don't blame the lens for this, but it is something to consider.
    Date published: 2016-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have this lens and its so great I se its so many as say It is 90% of Otus and other 95% of Otus. But in the real life shoting you will not se the difrends at all, you shoting for a image right? If you go back after a time and looking at your pics, you can not tell whos pic as are made of Otus or Milvus. I started to making pics 20 years before in come any aotofokus lenses so this is no problem for me, and Zeiss is made for focus manuly that is a big difrends from a autofokus lens as you tray to make manuel focus with. Why I go for Milvus was the wether seiling, and its like good bild as Otus, the Milvus lens will be ther for your grand kids and steel be like good :) run and buy it
    Date published: 2016-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy, Expensive, Stunning. This lens has ridiculously good image quality. It's heavy, it costs more than most 50mm lenses, but that's where the cons end. It is THE sharpest lens I've owned, and I've owned many 50mm lenses. It's even sharper than my 3 macro lenses. In fact at one time I had 7 50mm lenses in my bag because I'm a nut. I've owned all the Nikon 50mm lenses since Ai-S and this surpasses them all pretty easily. The color is the best of my lenses and all I shoot is pro level primes. The background blur of this Zeiss is unexpectedly creamy even though it's got an aspheric element. For the best background in the Milvus line, look to the 85mm. Depth rendering on the 50mm is very good, micro contrast is excellent. The focus throw is long and very precise, the aperture blades can be declicked for video use. It's weather sealed unlike the Otus or the Sigma Art lens. It is an exceptional lens. It is heavy, about 2 ounces more than the Sigma Art, yet 3 1/3 ounces less than the Otus lens but still not huge. The resistance to flare is the best I've ever seen. If you want flare for artistic reasons, you'll have to use another lens, this one won't do it. It's go floating elements that adjust for maximum image quality at close and far distances so it is smokin' at all focus distances. (I've tested) It's got very low distortion. I noticed just a tiny bit of barrel distortion at close distances, but it was gone at medium distances. It has no CA in the critical plane of focues, and just a little bit of secondary CA in the OOF elements, but it doesn't detract from the image. I'd rather have a little LOCA and stellar everything else, than no LOCA and nothing special otherwise. This lens is magical. It's pricey, but if you think it's just a couple hundred more to get this fantastic Zeiss build quality and precision, then it's worth it.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Lens Hold this lens in your hands for the first time and you will just feel the the quality. The focus ring is as smooth as silk, just the right width, the right feel and the right resistance. This thing is heavy (its holding and protecting a lot of quality glass), but the kind of heavy that tells you it is robust and will last. It fit effortlessly to my Nikon D750 with just a bit of restraint by the blue seal. Optically it is exceptional but there is a learning curve. You discover quickly that this manual only focus lens will force you to take your time and really think about what you're doing. At f1.4 the DOF is razor thin so you really have to compose your shot carefully and decide where you want focus. You can relax a bit at f3 on but will get a different effect. One of my first test shots was a portrait taken without flash in fluorescent lighting. Even though I had auto WB on I thought that it would require some post processing. I was completely surprised how little work was needed on the image. The color was spot on and the image just had a soft natural glow about it that is hard to explain. I've since taken many nature shots and just love the sharpness of the images and near perfect bokeh. So far I love this lens and am thinking about getting the Milvus 15mm f2.8 as well for landscapes even though I already have other very suitable lenses. Until now I've been biased on buying and using limited zooms (with a few specialty primes), and I may continue to do so, but this fine piece of glass from Zeiss is making me think that perhaps a kit exclusively using their primes may indeed be the way to go. I'll just need a wheelbarrow to cart them all around. Bottom line though is that if you like exceptional glass in an exceptionally designed and engineered body that produces exceptional optical results you need this lens.
    Date published: 2016-12-18
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    Designed for use with:

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    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
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    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
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    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
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