Manually focusing a lens means controlling and therefore actively composing an image gently and precisely from your fingertips. Here, a good ergonomic design makes all the difference. ZEISS Milvus Lenses feature a large rotation angle which enables pinpoint focusing. The top-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without backlash, optimally supporting the photographer's creative interplay with the focal plane of high-speed fixed focal lengths. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder or display. The engraving in meters and feet, and the focus scale provide additional support for manual focusing. The silent, continuous aperture setting (de-click function with ZF.2 mount) and the long focusing range lay optimal conditions for video photography.
An optimized ergonomic design enables fatigue-free photography and reduces camera shake. The all-metal housing makes every adjustment a haptic experience. The dynamic, precise barrel design sets new trends in the world of camera lenses. However, the ZEISS Milvus Lenses will impress you not only due to their visual and haptic excellence, but also thanks to their inner qualities. Special seals for protection against dust and splashes expand the photographer's creative potential by guaranteeing the system's functional reliability even in environmentally difficult situations.
State-of-the-art camera systems and high-resolution digital image sensors are now demanding more and more performance from the lenses. The Floating Elements Design permits constantly high image performance in the focal plane – from the minimum object distance to infinity. This is accomplished by changing the axial distance between individual lens elements or element groups. The adjustment of the element spacing is coupled to the distance setting so that it always results in the right correction. The mechanical design of the ZEISS Milvus Lenses is highly complex and the workmanship must be extremely exact – both specialties of ZEISS.
The Planar lens design is the most successful – and most frequently copied – camera lens design of all time. Modifications to the tried-and-tested six-lens basic type ensure that it achieves the high imaging quality required by modern sensors. Lenses with a Planar optical design enable consistent performance across a large range of image scales – the key requirement for universal macro-lenses.
||f/1.4 – f/16
||Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
||0,80 m (31.5") - ∞
|Free working distance
||0,65 m (25.6") - ∞
|Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)
||29° / 24° / 16°
|Diameter of image field
||43 mm (1.69")
|Coverage at close range (MOD)**
||303 x 201 mm (11.93 x 7,91")
|Image ratio at minimum object distance
||1 : 8.3
|Lens elements | groups
||11 / 9
|Flange focal distance
||ZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 46 mm (1.83")
|Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)
||46 mm (1.81")
||M77 x 0.75
|Rotation angle of focusing ring
||ZE: 90 mm (3.54") | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.54")
|Diameter of focusing ring
||ZE: 89 mm (3.49") | ZF.2: 89 mm (3.49")
|Length (with lens caps)
||ZE: 121 mm (4.76") | ZF.2: 119 mm (4.69")
|Length (without lens caps)
||ZE: 113 mm (4.45") | ZF.2: 110 mm (4.33")
||ZE: 1.280 g (45.15 oz) | ZF.2: 1.210 g (42.68 oz)
*) Canon is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. Nikon is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation. Sony is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Fujifilm is a registered trademark of Fujifilm Corporation. Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
**) Referring to 24x36 mm format
***) Referring to APS-C format