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Milvus 1.4/50

This focal length is the ideal tool for imaging real-life situations – whether it is the hustle and bustle of a busy road, the intimacy of a portrait or the wonders of nature. It is always in quest of those real and unadulterated perspectives. The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50 is a versatile focal length that meets even the highest standards.

Milvus 1.4/50

More than a standard lens

Milvus 1.4/50

More than a standard lens

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    ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50

    More than a standard lens

    The redesigned ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50 corresponds to the perspective of the human eye on full-frame cameras and can therefore be used for many different purposes. In other words, it is a lens of many talents. Realistic imaging of three-dimensional objects is guaranteed at all times. Despite its high speed, the advanced ZEISS Distagon optical design ensures outstanding imagery across the entire image field – even at full aperture.  

    Technical specifications:

    Focal length 50 mm
    Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
    Focusing range 0,45 m (1.48 ft) - ∞
    Number of elements/groups 10 / 8
    Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 46° / 39° / 26°
    Coverage at close range 245 mm x 162 mm
    (9.65‘‘ x 6.38‘‘)
    Filter thread M67 x 0.75
    Dimensions (with caps) ZF.2: 106,4 mm (4.19‘‘)
    ZE: 109,0 mm (4.29‘‘)
    Weight ZF.2: 875 g (30.86 oz)
    ZE: 922 g (32.52 oz)
    Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
    EF Mount (ZE)


    Milvus 1.4/50

    In SLR systems, when extremely large image angles are needed, the distance between the rear element and the image plane must be considerably longer than the focal length – the original field of application of Distagon lenses. This advanced retrofocus design can also be put to outstanding use in modern, highly corrected lenses with longer focal lengths.

    Distagon with 10 lens elements in 8 groups
    Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion
    Lens with aspheric surface
    "Floating Elements" design


    Milvus 1.4/50

    Excellent imagery, even in difficult light conditions

    All lenses features a T*® antireflective coating from ZEISS. Outstanding stray light reduction is achieved by combining a number of optimally matched measures. In addition to the ZEISS T* coating, all lens edges are provided with a special pitch-black lacquer in a complex manual process. Light traps in mechanical components and specially designed surfaces are integrated to prevent the occurrence of reflections. Each focal length has its own individual optical design with the use of special types of glass displaying anomalous partial dispersion. This reduces the occurrence of color fringes at high-contrast edges of subjects to an absolute minimum.

    Future-proof solution for high-resolution
    camera systems

    The excellent image performance of the ZEISS Milvus lenses is sharply focused on the requirements of current and future high-performance digital cameras. Thanks to the low level of stray light allowed by the lens design, high-contrast images are also possible with increasing high dynamic ranges of the sensors (HDR). The minimization of coma, astigmatism and spherical aberrations enables constantly high resolution over the entire image field. The optics are designed to ensure full utilization of the performance provided by high-resolution camera systems. Regardless of what the future holds – with the Milvus lenses from ZEISS you are optimally equipped any time, any place.

    Creative still and video photography through precise, manual focusing

    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.

    Long-lasting product with protection against environmental influences

    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.

    Stable image performance over the
    entire focusing range

    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.

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    Milvus 1.4/50

    Milvus Lenses | 2016-06-10 08:04:47 |

    Milvus 1.4/50 Review by Dustin Abbott

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    ZEISS Fills Out the Milvus DSLR Lens Lineup with the 2.8/21, 2/35, 2/50M, 2/100M
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    ZEISS Fills Out the Milvus DSLR Lens Lineup with the 2.8/21, 2/35, 2/50M, 2/100M

    By Lloyd Chambers. The ZEISS Milvus lineup debuted with the all-new optical designs for The Milvus 1.4/50 and Milvus 1.4/85, covered in this LENSPIRE post. Completing the Milvus lineup for year 2015, ...


    Finding the Artist with ZEISS Milvus lenses
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    Finding the Artist with ZEISS Milvus lenses

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    Milvus Lenses | 2015-12-08 17:20:23 |

    ZEISS Milvus lenses attached to the new RED Raven 4.5K camera

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    Review by Chris Gampat: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50 (Canon EF)
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    Review by Chris Gampat: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/50 (Canon EF)

    By Chris GampatQuite honestly, reviewing cameras doesn’t excite me anywhere as much as it used to years ago–but reviewing lenses is always incredibly fun. At this point in the game, I typically know that a camera will be great and more than suffice for the needs of most, but lenses are a different ...


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