ZEISS Milvus 2/135

Get up close.

This high-speed telephoto lens excels with its superb color correction and rendition. Thanks to its large aperture and smooth bokeh, it is perfect for medium-distance portrait photography.

Revel in an atmospheric mood at dusk against a breathtaking backdrop – as an inconspicuous observer, the telephoto lens is able to draw you into this unique moment from afar. The ZEISS Milvus 2/135 permits an interplay between fore- and background that is simply incomparable.

It can be used in a host of different situations, meaning you can capture the artist’s emotions onstage from your third-row seat, as well as breathtaking portraits in outstanding detail. The position of the focus rings, which does not change, also makes the lens suitable for video applications with a follow focus system.

ZEISS Milvus 2/135
ZEISS Milvus 2/135
ZEISS Milvus 2/135
ZEISS Milvus 2/135
ZEISS Milvus 2/135

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

135 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

0,80 m (31.49") - ∞

Free working distance

0,62 m (24.40") - ∞

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

19° | 16° | 11°

Diameter of image field

43 mm (1.69")

Coverage at close range (MOD)**

145 x 96 mm (5.71 x 3.78")

Image ratio at minimum object distance

1 : 4

Lens elements | groups

11 | 8

Flange focal distance

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

Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)

35 mm (1.36")



Image Stabilization


Filter thread

M77 x 0.75

Rotation angle of focusing ring


Diameter max.

ZE: 90 mm (3.53") | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.53")

Diameter of focusing ring

ZE: 85 mm (3.35") | ZF.2: 85 mm (3.35")

Length (with lens caps)

ZE: 132 mm (5.20") | ZF.2: 129 mm (5.08")

Length (without lens caps)

ZE: 115 mm (4.53") | ZF.2: 114 mm (4.49")


ZE: 1123 g (39.6 oz) | ZF.2: 1059 g (37.4 oz)

ZEISS Milvus 2/135 ZEISS Milvus 2/135

A lens with relatively few glass-air surfaces, it was developed by Dr. Ludwig Bertele at ZEISS in 1930. At the time it was one of the fastest high-speed lenses for 35 mm photography, with apertures as large as 1:1.5 and high contrast thanks to effective stray light reduction. Its high speed and high contrast helped give the lens its name, which is derived from the word “sun,” the symbol of maximum brightness. You continue to find the aforementioned benefits with modern lenses in the normal and telephoto ranges whose optical design is based on this basic type.

Sonnar Design

Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion

"Floating elements" design



ZEISS Camera Lenses Product Overview


ZEISS Milvus 2/135








"Optically speaking, the ZEISS 135mm f2 Milvus lens has to be one of the most perfect lenses that we've ever tested..."

"The performance in every respect is magnificent and the handling one of those real pleasures in photography..."

"The lens has character, soul. I LOVE shooting candid photos of people with this lens (posed portraits are obviously exceptional, too)..."

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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