ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Five Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F

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ZEISS 35mm f/1.4 overview

  • 1Description

Characterized by its fast maximum aperture and advanced optical design, the Nikon F-mount Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 from ZEISS is a versatile wide-angle prime well-suited to an array of subjects, ranging from portraiture to landscape shooting. Its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture greatly benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers enhanced control over depth of field for using selective focus techniques. Complementing the focusing control is a sophisticated Distagon-type optical design, which employs one rear aspherical element and five anomalous partial dispersion elements to control both spherical and chromatic aberrations for improved sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity.

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 52.5mm 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.
Five 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 11.8" 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.
In the Box
ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
  • 72mm Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Cap for Nikon F-Mount Lenses
  • Lens Shade for Milvus 35mm f/1.4
  • De-Click Key
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    • 1Description

    ZEISS 35mm f/1.4 specs

    Focal Length 35mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Angle of View 65°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
    Magnification 0.217x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.6
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.35 x 4.96" / 85 x 126 mm
    Weight 2.49 lb / 1131 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.6 x 5.5"

    ZEISS 35mm f/1.4 reviews

    Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for what I do As an architectural photographer I am always looking for ways to make my client's buildings look better.� That means things like detail in bricks out to the edge of the pictures, great color, etc. Prior to purchasing the lens I rented two different copies and shot them on my Nikon d850, tripod mounted, mirror up, front curtain shutter.� These were shot side by side with my Tamron 35mm.� After purchasing my own Milvus copy I also shot the lens side by side against my Otus 28mm. As expected there are differences.� Compared to the Tamron at f8 the color rendition and micro contrast of the Milvus at f8 is much better. This is what puts food on my table.� Shot at larger apertures the Tamron compares quite well.� In a low light setting where a tripod is not allowed like a church or museum I will use the image stabilized Tamron, but in an architectural or landscape shot where a tripod can be used the Milvus is easily my first choice. I wondered how a cropped image from my Otus 28 would compare to a full frame Milvus at f8.� Actually pretty well but here the Milvus slightly wins out.� At larger apertures there is no contest, the Otus is the king. In conclusion I use "horses for courses" and the Milvus is a very welcome and useful addition to my imaging stable.
    Date published: 2018-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost an Otus The Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 is not an Otus, but it is as close to one as I have seen a less expensive lens come. And it fills a gap in lenses that, as a close-up photographer, I need, although I have other 35mm lenses, but I don't like them. Is it sharp? Yes, it is sharp, not ultra-ultra sharp but sharp enough to pass the sharp test with me, easily. It does not distract me for lack of sharpness. The color is good. There is some very, very minor fringing, I believe, but not enough for me not to use the lens. I am not so concerned with traditional one-off photos, but more in how the lens will stack. It stacks well for a wide-angle. Does it take extension? Yes, it takes the K1-Ring, 5.8mm of extension... pretty well, which is good for a wider-angle lens. It has 9 rounded blades. The close range is 11.81 inches (30 cm), which is excellent. The filter is 72 mm. It is manual focus, which is all I use anyway. It has an ample focus throw, which is wonderful, since many wide-angle lenses have a short throw. The only fault I have found so fa, and it can be anticipated is that it does not do super well with highlights and light areas. It's OK, and I can work around it, but the highlights seem to wash out early IMO. I order, but send many lenses back. I believe I will keep this one.
    Date published: 2017-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular I have been using the 2/35mm Milvus lens, primarily for my work. It is small, light, and a very nice lens. It's not as sharp in the corners as some of the other ZEISS lenses, but it works great for my work. I have been spoiled by the edge-to-edge sharpness of the 1.4/55mm Otus, 1.4/85Otus, 2/135mm Apo Sonnar, and the new 1.4/25mm Milvus lenses. After reading comments about this 1.4/35mm Milvus lens by Lloyd Chambers, I realized I needed to try it. The famous "ZEISS Look", gorgeous color, and spectacular micro-contrast make this a keeper. It's long-throw focusing ring makes for incredibly accurate focusing, especially when using Live View at 100%. It is perfectly suited to high-res cameras such as my Nikon D850. It's much bigger and heavier than the 2/35mm Milvus, but it's worth it for my landscape images. I'll still use the 2/35mm Milvus for work, which it's perfect for. But for near-Otus quality, the 1.4/35mm Milvus is superb.
    Date published: 2018-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from same old zeiss snap A historically little used focal length for me.....taking off the lens cap has been a delightful reintroduction to this way of thinking.
    Date published: 2018-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great 35mm lens! Zeiss has produced a near perfect 35/1.4 with this Milvus. The pictures are very sharp. The color is near perfect. The microcontrast rivals the Otus 55 and 85. I find this a sensational, but rather heavy lens that is versatile and formidable. It will be my go to lens for non telephoto use. Zeiss delivers with this one.
    Date published: 2018-06-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Received bad from Zeiss Focus ring froze up when received.
    Date published: 2018-07-09
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    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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