Zeiss has announced a new Batis-series lens with autofocus support for full-frame mirrorless cameras made by Sony. The Batis 18mm f/2.8 wide-angle prime was rumored in recent times, but now it is finally official.
Photographers using Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras will be happy to hear that Zeiss has unveiled its widest prime lens for these shooters. The brand new Batis 18mm f/2.8 fixed focal length optic features an OLED screen, just like its siblings.
The first two units are the 25mm f/2 and the 85mm f/1.8, which are said to deliver a very high image quality in combination with Sony’s impressive mirrorless cameras with full-frame sensors.
Zeiss introduces wide-angle Batis-series lens with OLED screen
Designed for landscape and architecture photography, the new Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens will also be helpful when capturing interiors as well as for astrophotography purposes, the press release says.
The company praises the autofocus system of the optic, which is said to be silent, smooth, and fast. Additionally, the OLED screen is available on this product, just like it is on its siblings. The information offered to the users consists of depth of field and the focus distance.
Should users decide that autofocus is not for them, there is a rubberized focus ring on the lens, thus allowing them to focus manually or to make small adjustments after autofocusing.
This product is weathersealed, therefore it can be used in rough environments. The weather seals will provide protection against dust and moisture.
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens to begin shipping this May
The design of the lenses is based on Distagon. It features 11 elements in 10 groups with an aspherical element as well as a floating element. The optical construction will reduce flaws such as chromatic aberration, while the coatings will minimize flare and ghosting.
Whereas the maximum aperture stands at f/2.8, the minimum one is f/22. The diaphragm is electromagnetic and it should offer impressive bokeh effects at its wider values.
A minimum focusing distance of only 25 centimeters sits at users disposal. It is worth noting that the filter diameter measures 77mm, while the total weight of the lens is 330 grams.
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens will ship along with a detachable lens hood. The release date of the product is said to be sometime in May 2016. In the US, the lens will cost $1,499, while the price will stand at €1,260.
The wide-angle prime is also compatible with APS-C E-mount mirrorless cameras from Sony and it will deliver a 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 27mm.