Zeiss has announced a pair of fullframe E-Mount lenses that should come as great news to Sony a7, a7R, a7S and a7II camera owners!
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 lenses feature the look and rubber focus ring found on legendary Zeiss Otus lenses. They’re the first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display for the mirrorless Sony α series and therefore the pioneers of a new era. As professional tools, they enable outstanding outcomes with optimal image performance, impressive contrast and maximum resolution down to the very last detail.
The innovative OLED display shows the distance of the focal plane from the camera system and the depth of fields, therefore ideally supporting creative image composition. For the demanding photographer, the OLED display is an absolute highlight – an innovation that is currently unparalleled in camera lenses.
Zeiss Batis lenses are available in a wide-angle and portrait focal length and are the perfect match for the existing lenses offered for the system. The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 & 85mm f/1.8 lenses will be available for purchase from July 2015 – place your order now!
Zeiss Batis 25mm/2 wide-angle lens ($1,299) has 10 lens elements in eight groups and draws on the Zeiss Distagon optical design. Four of the lens elements are aspheric on both sides and five are made from special types of glass. The aspheric lens design ensures consistently high image quality over the whole image field and a sharpness that extends right to the edges of the frame. The moderate 82 degree image angle combined with a minimum focusing distance of 0.2 meters makes this wide-angle lens the perfect choice for architecture and landscape photography and many other applications besides. It encourages the user to make creative use of depth of field which can often yield surprising results, particularly in close-up photography.
Elements/Groups: 10 lens elements in 8 groups, 4 double-sided aspheric / 5 special glass elements
Diagonal Field of View: 82 degree
Close Focus: 0.2m / 0.7″
Filter Size: 67mm
Dimensions: (L x W) 3.6 x 3.2″ / 92mm x 81mm
Weight: 11.8 oz / 335g
Zeiss Batis 85mm/1.8 ($1,199) is a moderate tele lens with 11 lens elements in eight groups and features Zeiss Sonnar optical design. The lens elements are made from special types of glass and designed to ensure superior image quality. The Zeiss Batis 85mm/1.8 is a particularly good choice for wedding photography and portrait shots, offering the high speed which provides plenty of creative scope to bring out the main subject. Thanks to its optical image stabilization, the Zeiss Batis 85mm/1.8 can capture outstanding images even under difficult, shifting light conditions.
Elements/Groups: 11 lens elements in 8 groups, 3 lens elements made from low dispersion glass
Diagonal Field of View: 29 degree
Close Focus: 0.8m / 2.6″
Filter Size: 67mm
Dimensions: (L x W) 4.1 x 3.2″ / 105mm x 81mm
Weight: 16.8 oz / 475g
“The Batis family of lenses is the first time we have launched autofocus lenses for Sony’s full- frame E-mount cameras which are Zeiss through and through – in other words exclusively developed and distributed by us,” says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product Manager at Zeiss Camera Lenses. The Sony alpha full-frame E-mount system, which currently consists of the α7 family of cameras, is one of the most innovative camera systems on the market and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for professionals and people considering switching from DSLRs. “The Zeiss Batis lenses are our way of acknowledging this trend and providing creative and ambitious photographers with the expert tools they need,” says Pollmann. The lenses are easy to use yet offer professional performance, so they are a sound investment for amateur photographers, too: “Camera sensors are constantly evolving, and so are photographers. Our Batis lenses are the perfect answer to these changing trends and herald a new era of professional photographers using mirrorless full-frame cameras,” says Pollmann.
The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 & 85mm f/1.8 lenses offer an initial choice of two focal lengths which have proved to be the most popular among users of the system: a moderate wide-angle focal length and a tele portrait focal length. The lenses make optimal use of the camera sensors, capturing every last detail with impressive contrast and high resolution. As well as offering fast and reliable autofocus, the lenses also support manual focusing, allowing users to choose the best option for each individual situation. The sleek, modern design – with smooth surfaces reminiscent of the high-end Zeiss Otus lenses – emphasizes the superior quality of this new lens family and gives the Batis lenses an unmistakable look and feel.