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Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M : Specifications and Opinions

Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M

The Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M is a macro lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2015. The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1050 €;
7 users have given it an average vote of 10.0 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

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 Focal lenght   50 mm
 Angle of view   46.8°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2
 Aperture blades  
 Lenses/Groups   8 elements in 6 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.24 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.50x

 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   67 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   700 g
 Dimensions   81 x 74 mm
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sent on June 30, 2020

Pros: Very good sharpness, high brightness, typical Zeiss image, neutral, alive and with very clean colors, excellent anti-reflective treatment, very pleasant blurring, low geometric deformation, not high vignette and only to large openings, MaF of extreme precision, R.R. engraved on the barrel that extrudes, mechanical construction of excellence, tropicalization.

Cons: Front cap that closes badly, tends to come off, high price.

Opinion: Global judgment: very good optics. The Milvus 50 F2 is a patterned optics dated compared to the most modern Zeiss optics, has few lenses and no aspheric, and this gives it advantages and disadvantages: compact size and weight, clean and natural colors, readable shadows, very pleasant blurring, medium vignette, and very high sharpness always in the center, at the edges only from F 4.5 onwards. The mechanics are excellent, very fluid dials, you can operate the diaphragm continuously to make movies (my version, Nikon), perfect lampshade, with velvet carry inside like all optics made properly. The MaF ring stops at the sign of infinity but still allows the MaF indefinitely on my three cameras, and is extremely precise thanks to the very long ride. On the barrel, are e recorded the various R.R.s that you have focusing closely.

sent on May 26, 2019

Pros: Materials, assembly, extreme sharpness, bokeh, manual very accurate MAF

Cons: Rrmartin 1:2

Opinion: The Lemte is fantastic, there is little to say, and the rest we talk about a Milvus, 700 grams of noble materials assembled to perfection, Tropicalization Vera (on that of Nikon and Canon is better to roll out a pitchy veil), excellent surface treatment of lenses, A resolution and a detail that solve in an embarrassing way the most pixellated sensors while maintaining (I think is a unique case in the scope of the objectives) a moving blurred. Focusing on the Milvus is a pleasure, the long demultiplied helicoid allows a MAF with extreme precision. Ideal lens for generalist use, outputs only with the 50 Makro Planar and you do everything with extreme satisfaction, its playback ratio of 1:2 allows you shots that no Chinese plasticone could afford and the whole thing with Zeiss colors, Zeiss three-dimensionality and absurd sharpness. As for the ratio of reproduction I would have preferred the 1:1 but you can not have everything, and besides the real macro is made with tubes, bellows and Flash dedicated, at that point the lightness of a plasticone makes it successful. In short, it is an incredible lens that knows no rivals in the limited range of 50-58 mm, a lens that you fall in love immediately, a lens to buy also because the value for money is unbelievable. And to finish the usual advice: as soon as bought replace the plugs (the Zeiss ones have always sucked) and put the Nikon, at that point you will be ready to have fun with your new Makro Planar!

sent on May 12, 2018

Pros: Optical and mechanical quality at the top, bright to be an almost macro (RR 0.5), still quite compact and lightweight to replace a standard throughout

Cons: Nobody if the manual MAF is not a problem

Opinion: I use it on Canon Eos 5Ds (50MPXL) and 6d for when I have to use high ISO values. On the latter I have mounted the slide Eg-S that allows an easy manual focheggiatura, as in the old days (frosted glass). The paired Milvus 250 and Canon EOS 6d is winning and... fun. On the 5Ds returns files with exceptional sharpness and brilliance.

sent on January 17, 2017

Pros: Engraving, blurred by impressionist painting, perfect in connection with both the camera body than with the lens hood

Cons: Nobody

Opinion: beautiful goal, although it should be remembered that it is manual. Mounted on my Canon 1d produces beautiful images. The weight is not a problem. The lens hood becomes one body with the machine: perfect coupling; No Tolerance. Zeiss quality. You have to make a little workout for the focus, but once made experience, do not remove more from macchina.rn

sent on March 01, 2016

Pros: Quality files, detail and risolvenza, robustness.

Cons: Slightly heavy, AF failure, high cost.

Opinion: Taken to replace the Nikon AF-S and to get a true Macro lens in the kit. Mounted on my Nikon D800 without compatibility problems. The Raw files contain the indication of the lens used and the shooting data, and you can change the aperture with the same mode of the Nikon AF-S lenses. classy high quality files and blurred, matching the best fixed. The weight is double the Nikon AF-S but does not bother to use. The manual focus, although limited the viewfinder no longer thought to this type of lens is precise and easy thanks to the perfect and smooth run of the Zeiss ring. The lens is tropicalized, easily usable even outside in the rain. The only drawback over 1,000 Euros needed to buy it and the lack autofocus.

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