Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens officially announced

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.

Zeiss introduces wide-angle Batis-series lens with OLED screen 8 lenses 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 supposed 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 the depth of field and the focus distance.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens comes packed with an OLED screen that informs users about focus distance and depth of field.
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens comes packed with an OLED screen that informs users about focus distance and depth of field.

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 weather sealed, therefore, it can be used in rough environments. The weather seals will provide protection against dust and moisture.

8 Lens to begin shipping

The look of the lenses is founded on Distagon. It features 11 elements in 10 groups with an aspherical element in addition to a floating element. The optical construction shall reduce flaws such as chromatic aberration as the coatings will minimize ghosting and flare.

Whereas the utmost aperture stands at f/2.8,

The very least focusing distance of only 25 centimeters sits at users disposal. It is worth noting that the diameter filter measures 77mm, as the total weight of the lens, is 330 grams.

Zeiss will sell the new Batis 18mm f/2.8 wide-angle prime lens for $1,499.
Zeiss will sell the new Batis 18mm f/2.8 wide-angle prime lens for $1,499.

Eight lens shall ship along with a detachable lens hood. The release date of the merchandise is reported to be in may 2016 sometime. In America, the lens will cost $1,499 as the price shall stand at €1,260.

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