Zeiss has officially announced a new series of autofocus lenses for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras. It is called Batis and the first two models, the 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8, will be released this summer.
A new wide-angle Loxia-series lens has been rumored to be in development and Zeiss has already confirmed its existence and has promised that it is coming by the end of 2015. However, instead of the Loxia unit, the Germany-based company has launched a new line-up for Sony FE-mount cameras, a new series that supports autofocus, unlike Loxia models. Without further ado, here are the new Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/2 lenses for FE-mount mirrorless cameras with full-frame image sensors.
Zeiss introduces Batis-series autofocus lenses for Sony FE-mount cameras
Batis is the first lens series developed entirely by Zeiss for Sony FE-mount cameras to support autofocus, says that announcement. These products have been created by the German company and they will also be distributed only by Zeiss, without any input from Sony.
FE-mount shooters are some of the most innovative models on the market, so they are a priority for the legendary manufacturer. The Batis optics are here to provide cutting-edge image quality along with an autofocus system that is quick and trustworthy.
The maker promises that the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/2 lenses will meet the demands of professional photographers. The maker states that beginner along with amateur photographers will not regret the investment if they purchase either one of these products.
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens offers a Sonnar internal design
Batis 85mm f/1.8 is a bright telephoto lens based on a Sonnar design consisting of 11 elements in eight groups. It comes with a 67mm filter thread and a diameter of 81mm, while its length stands at 81mm.
The lens features built-in optical image stabilization technology and it is said to be good for capturing portraits photos at weddings. The optic weighs 475 grams / 1 lbs and it is available for pre-order at Adorama for $1,199 with shipment expected to begin this July.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 lens employs a Distagon design
On the other hand, Batis 25mm f/2 is a bright wide-angle lens developed as a Distagon model with 10 elements in eight groups. It includes four aspherical elements that increase image quality.
It comes with a minimum focusing distance of 25 centimeters, which makes it perfect for close-up shots. It measures 78mm in length, 81mm in diameter, while its filter thread has 67mm. Zeiss’ new lens weighs 335 grams and it can be pre-ordered right away at Adorama for $1,299. Its shipping will also begin in July 2015.