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These are the very first images of the new Batis 18mm f/2.8 E-mount lens. It will be announced by Zeiss today at 11 am Berlin time. And those are the specs:
– 11 lenses in 10 groups 10. Has four aspherical lens
– Distagon-based design
– Newly adopted floating element
– Dust and water proof
– Electromagnetic diaphragm
– Has a minimum focusing distance of 0.25m
– Filter diameter of 77mm
– Weight 330g
– OLED display
– Quiet linear motor AF
I got a rumor from a source saying that the new Batis 18mm lens is scheduled to ship in May. It’s likely the lens will be announced this week on April 14.
Still even if the rumor is correct I wonder how Zeiss will manage to ship the lens that quickly. They still struggle to make enough of the current two lenses. They are out of Stock in most stores:
Batis 85mm in Stock status at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 25mm in Stock status at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
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I just got this from a Meyer “internal source”:
The image above from photographer Firat Bagdu is the first image you see that is shot with the upcoming new Meyer Optik Görlitz prime lens with native Sony mount (not clear if A or E). The lens will be announced on April 14 at 11am London time (yeah same time as the Zeiss announcement!).
The lens is a mid range prime with “near-macro” capability. The look of the lens is historic but the internal lens design is new. This will be Meyer’s most technologically advanced lens. I have been told the specs are the same of one of their historic lenses. You take the guess which one it could be:
Primoplan 25mm f/1.9
Lydith 30mm f/3.5
Primagon 35mm f/4.5
Trioplan 50mm f/2.5
Primoplan 58mm f/1.9
Telefogar 90mm f/4.5
P.S.: The lens will also be available for Canon-Nikon-MFT-Fuji-Leica mount…