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

BH #ZE5014MZF2 • MFR #2096-556
ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX 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 Nikon F-mount ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 Nikon F-mount ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 75mm 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.
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 50mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
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 3.7" / 83 x 94 mm
Weight1.93 lb / 875 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.88 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.2 x 5.5 x 4.7"

ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Reviews

The Best 50mm Lens I Have Used

By Larry E
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-10

The Milvus 85mm f1.4, 100mm Macro f2, and 135mm f2 have been my favorite and best performing lenses that I use on my Canon 5Ds r. I just purchased the Milvus 50mm f1.4 and my tests show it to be as good as if not better than the other Milvus's just mentioned, and far better than any other lens of that focal length that I have tested. I am looking forward to doing good work with it.

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.

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

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.

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

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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: 2022-02-08

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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.
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Date published: 2018-08-26

is it a macro lens?

is it a macro lens?
Asked by: Mohamed
The Milvus 1.4/50 ZF.2 has a magnification ratio of 1:6.7, whereas most macro lenses are designated at 1:2 or 1:1 (half life size and actual life size respectively). For macro use, we recommend the Milvus 2/50 ZF.2 - which can be found at: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1185213-REG/zeiss_2096_558_milvus_2_50m_zf_2_lens.html
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2020-06-16

question

What filter size does this lens use?
Asked by: Scott B.
This lens uses 67mm threaded filters.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Can the aperture ring of the F mount version be ...

Can the aperture ring of the F mount version be controlled when the lens is detached (i.e. when no electric conection is on the mount)?
Asked by: Ryo
Yes, the aperture ring is mechanical and does not require an electronic connection to function.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2021-03-16

question

Can the aperture ring be controlled in camera?
Asked by: Vladimir
If you set/lock the lens to its minimum aperture setting on the lens, then yes, you can control the aperture via the control on the camera body.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2020-11-14

What is the minimal focus distance?

What is the minimal focus distance?
Asked by: James
The MOD on the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50 lens is 17.7". You can read more about the lens at: https://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/int/photography/products/milvus-lenses/milvus-1450.html
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2020-01-26

I use it on a Nikon Z7 with the FTZ adapter and I ...

I use it on a Nikon Z7 with the FTZ adapter and I don't get focus confirmation. Any suggestions?
Asked by: Jorge
Best bet with this would be to either use the zoom function to zoom in to check focus, or use the focus peaking mode.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-21
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