ZEISS Milvus 2/100M

Bridging the gap.

Whether in its role as a high-precision reproduction lens for technical applications or as a traditional, moderate tele-lens for portraits with shallow depth of field, the ZEISS Milvus 2/100M allows you to delve into both worlds.

The ZEISS Milvus 2/100M of the type ZEISS Makro-Planar is currently the fastest 100 mm macro lens on the market and closes the gap between long range and breathtaking close-up shots. This lens bridges distances and allows unique image compositions. This lens is ideal when you need some distance between your camera and your subject, e.g.during a portrait shoot. Its precise mechanical components with a large focus throw permit precise control which is particularly important for macro photography in the close-up range.

ZEISS Milvus 2/100M
ZEISS Milvus 2/100M
ZEISS Milvus 2/100M
ZEISS Milvus 2/100M
ZEISS Milvus 2/100M

Excellent imagery, even in difficult light conditions

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.

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 optics are designed to ensure full utilization of the performance provided by high-resolution camera systems.

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 silent, continuous aperture setting (de-click function with ZF.2 mount) and the long focusing range lay also optimal conditions for video photography.

Long-lasting product with protection against environmental influences

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

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 mechanical design of the ZEISS Milvus Lenses is highly complex and the workmanship must be extremely exact – both specialties of ZEISS.


Focal length

100 mm

Aperture range

f/2.0 – f/22

Camera Mount

Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)

Format compatibility

Full Frame

Focusing range

0,44 m (17.32") - ∞

Free working distance

0,25 m (9.84") - ∞

Angular field** (diag. horiz. vert.)

25° | 21° | 14°

Diameter of image field

43 mm (1.69")

Coverage at close range (MOD)**

48 x 72 mm (1.89 x 2.83")

Image ratio at minimum object distance

1 : 2

Lens elements | groups

9 | 8

Flange focal distance

ZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 46 mm (1.83")

Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)

66 mm (2.60")



Image Stabilization


Filter thread

M67 x 0.75

Rotation angle of focusing ring


Diameter max.

ZE: 81 mm (3.17") | ZF.2: 81 mm (3.17")

Diameter of focusing ring

ZE: 77 mm (3.04") | ZF.2: 77 mm (3.04")

Length (with lens caps)

ZE: 120 mm (4.70") | ZF.2: 118 mm (4.63")

Length (without lens caps)

ZE: 104 mm (4.09") | ZF.2: 103 mm (4.06")


ZE: 843 g (29.74 oz) | ZF.2: 807 g (28.47 oz)

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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.

Planar Design

Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion

"Floating elements" design



ZEISS Camera Lenses Product Overview


ZEISS Milvus 2/100M






"I’m happy to report that the Milvus 100mm focuses perfectly. The action is incredibly smooth and precise..."

"It's an exceptional performer, capturing images that are just as sharp at the edges of the frame..."

Lens Accessories

Round off the fully unique product experience.

When taking pictures, an optimal image is not the only consideration. Capturing that special experience also plays a key role. With their reliable functions, camera lenses from ZEISS ensure that photographers can fully concentrate on the image and composition, and bring their creativity to life. In order to perfect this experience, ZEISS now offers accessories tailored to the requirements of demanding photographers.

Manual Focusing

With AF Camera Systems.

Camera Mounts

Overview of different mounts.

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ZEISS grants a warranty period of two years from the date of purchase for all its photographic lenses. This may be extended to three years after registering with ZEISS Online Registration. Although the ZEISS extended warranty is already available in numerous countries, claims under warranty may only be made in the country in which the product was purchased. 

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