ZEISS Milvus 2/50M

Big meets small.

Enjoy a big picture of the tiny world: the ZEISS Milvus 2/50M can even transport you to the cosmos mirrored in a small drop of water. As a macro lens, it is the perfect solution for the close range. Used as a standard lens, it portrays the world in all its natural perspectives.

Breathtaking details in close-up and traditional portraits are the strengths of the ZEISS Milvus 2/50M of the type ZEISS Makro-Planar. Thanks to its excellent performance at all ranges this macro lens can be used for a wide variety of applications. Further optimization of the lens coating reduces ghosting and flare effects in critical light situations. The currently fastest 50 mm macro lens on the market will let you highlight even the smallest detail in the foreground or background.

ZEISS Milvus 2/50M
ZEISS Milvus 2/50M
ZEISS Milvus 2/50M
ZEISS Milvus 2/50M
ZEISS Milvus 2/50M

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

50 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

0,24 m (9.44") - ∞

Free working distance

0,10 m (3.93") - ∞

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

45° | 38° | 26°

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

8 | 6

Flange focal distance

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

Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)

55 mm (2.19")



Image Stabilization


Filter thread

M67 x 0.75

Rotation angle of focusing ring


Diameter max.

ZE: 81 mm (3.19") | ZF.2: 81 mm (3.18")

Diameter of focusing ring

ZE: 79 mm (3.11") | ZF.2: 80 mm (3.07")

Length (with lens caps)

ZE: 90 mm (3.54") | ZF.2: 88 mm (3.45")

Length (without lens caps)

ZE: 75 mm (2.96") | ZF.2: 73 mm (2.87")


ZE: 730 g (25.75 oz) | ZF.2: 660 g (23.28 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

"Floating elements" design



ZEISS Camera Lenses Product Overview


ZEISS Milvus 2/50M






"This simple and simply-fun-to-use lens features very good image quality and ultra-high build quality..."

"The Milvus can focus as close as 9.5 inches (24cm), capturing images at half life-size..."

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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