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

BH #ZE502MZF2 • MFR #2096-558
ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/2M ZF.2 Macro Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Planar Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
Pairing a normal-length perspective with an impressive 1:2 maximum magnification ratio, the Nikon F-mount Milvus 50mm f/2M ZF.2 from ZEISS features a floating elements design to ensure consistent image quality when working with both close and distant subjects. Inspired by the classic symmetrical Planar optical design, this lens is capable of achieving well-corrected imagery with controlled aberrations and distortions. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and flaring for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in difficult lighting conditions.
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ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/2 Macro Overview

Pairing a normal-length perspective with an impressive 1:2 maximum magnification ratio, the Nikon F-mount Milvus 50mm f/2M ZF.2 from ZEISS features a floating elements design to ensure consistent image quality when working with both close and distant subjects. Inspired by the classic symmetrical Planar optical design, this lens is capable of achieving well-corrected imagery with controlled aberrations and distortions. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and flaring 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.
Ideal for macro shooting, this lens offers a half life-size 1:2 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 9.4" to suit working with close-up subjects.
Bright f/2 aperture helps to achieve a more compact, portable form factor while also remaining versatile for use in a variety of lighting conditions.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
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.
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/2 Macro Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View45°
Minimum Focus Distance9.45" / 24 cm
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.19 x 2.87" / 81 x 73 mm
Length at Maximum Extension3.74" / 94.9 mm
Weight1.45 lb / 660 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.42 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.45 x 5.45 x 4.85"

ZEISS Milvus 50mm f/2 Macro Reviews

The best 50mm lens ever

By Yushu
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-19

Zeiss promises an excellent lens. A good choice for traveling and microscopic.

Very much happy with the lens

By Milos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-30

I have to be honest, the price of the lens was for a long time an obstacle for me. I already own a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor, so spending over $1200 for another 50mm was really a struggle for me. I have spent days and days reading different reviews and experiences from different photographers... but in my heart I knew I wanted a Zeiss on my D750. As soon as I spotted the discount - I ordered! To cut the story - it works perfect!! Brings out the full potential of that sensor. Mind blown with how colors are true and vivid. Sharpness - well, it is a known fact for a Zeiss, so it is not a surprise. My wife noticed immediately that photos look 3D-ish compared to the ones I have taken with other lenses. And that was exactly what I was looking for. Manual focus is very precise and EASY to use. I have used it only handheld so far and had a very small number of missed focus. Even my sister ( who doesn't use DLSR in real life ) took some great photos of me... spot on focus. I was never into a macro, but this close focusing possibility really gives me more room to be creative. 1:2 ratio is just enough for me. The lens is superb! I enjoy every single photo that came through this lens.

Excellent lens great service from B&H

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-15

The lens was delivered as promised all packaging in new condition, warranty cards etc.. I have used Zeiss lenses for over 25 years. First with Contax bodies, lenses for my Hasselblad 501c, and for the last 10 years on Nikon bodies. This is my first Makro Planar lens. I shoot mostly Macro prior to the Zeiss I have primarily used a Nikkor 105mm f2.8 Afswi and it’s predecessor for many years. Smooth focusing razor sharp images and fabulous color representations. Zeiss 50mm f2m zf.2 is a fabulous lens.

Best 50 mm Lens I have ever used.

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-18

This is the sharpest lens I have ever used. No distortion at any F stop. Tremendous contrast. Its close focusing range in less than 8 inches. It is expensive but worth every penny.

Zeiss performance from an all-purpose focal length

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-06

I use a manual adapter to mate this to my Sony A7. Excellent build quality, handling, and overall performance. Exactly what I expected from this unit. An existing Zeiss lens owner will appreciate the similarities in optical performance of this model to other Zeiss models. Of note, f/2 produces a great, bright image but leaves a bit to be desired for corner sharpness and overall image chromatic (in favor of chasing exceptional depth of field/bokeh). Stopping down to 2.8 makes a huge performance difference. The only real complaint I have for the Milvus model design is the focus grip. Prior generations used a typical knurled focusing ring while the Milvus line uses a narrow, smooth ring. Not as much surface area so have to pay closer attention to focus operation. Bottom line is I do agree with all other commentary, reviews, examples, etc. for this lens. I consider it an exceptional performer and am very pleased with the purchase.

My First Zeiss and not my Last

By Francis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-23

I was blown away by this lens, how it feels.. how it focuses and the sharpness of photo it produces. I see here in comments a warning about the lens cap and need to leave the hood on all the time... spot on. I find the same thing is needed.

Worth the price

By Emma
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-14

A gorgeous lens. The micro-contrast and sharpness I get with this is ideal for food and still life photography and for me, worth the price. I am happy with my investment and I can tell it will be the only 50mm lens I'll need for years to come.

Medium Format IQ on Full Frame

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-26

I own the excellent Nikkor 50mm f1.4 however the IQ is not what I want for my best images. I already owned the Zeiss 135 and 100mm and both are insanely sharp even compared to my other sharpest lenses, have superior color rendering and have an strong aesthetic pop compared to top lenses of other manufacturers. I sprang for the Milivus 50mm f2 as I also do macro and close focus and currently do not have the budget for an Otus 55mm. Like my 100 and 135, when put on a high resolution body. top Zeiss glass significantly closes the gap between full frame and medium format IQ and look. Professional quality Medium format glass has long been more "no compromise" optics than most SLR lenses. Zeiss has a long history of making top medium format lenses for Hasselblad. Zeiss lenses have that same performance and look with that famous 3-D quality. I'm still keeping my Nikon nifty 50 for situations that require autofocus. However when shooting people or still life when I need the sharpness of Zeiss, I am going to use manual anyways to hit that perfect critical focus. I do miss the knurled metal autofocus rings of classic Zeiss that were probably sacrifice for the elegant modern design of the Milivus series, however I am using this lens out in the field including on nature and city walks in inclement weather so the newer weather sealing out weighs the smooth runner focus ring. I wish they also kept a lens hood that screws into the filleted ring as well so I can use both the lens hood and circular polarizer at the same time. That this is a manual focus end which also happens to be far more expensive than other top quality 50mm, will disqualify the Milivus 50mm Macro from being a worthwhile investment for most photographers. For those that need that extra IQ and whose work demands manual focus, the benefits of this lens will far outweigh the price and manual only disadvantages.

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