May 12, 2015
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New A-mount lenses will ship from June 16 in USA and June 24 in Europe.

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Both new A-mount Zeiss zoom lenses will ship from June 16 according to Amazon US. and June 24 in Europe (Sony DE), First image samples can be seen on the Bulgarian Alphaforum (Click here). And here is the update preorder list which now includes US and EU links.

The four mew A and E-mount Zeiss lens preorders:
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in USA at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in EU at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, PT, CH, AT, NL, BE, SE, FI, NO.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, PT, CH, AT, NL, BE, SE, FI, NO.
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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May 12, 2015
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UPDATE: Zeiss made a typo. A7rII images are shot with A7II :)

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UPDATED: Zeiss just posted new Batis images samples on their Flickr account (Click here). They first marked the fotos with A7rII but then they said on their FB page that it was just a typo. Not sure if it really was a typo because they erased the full EXIF data of those “A7rII” images…

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Both lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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May 11, 2015
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DxO tests the Zeiss Distagon FE lens ans writes it’s a “Razor-sharp German precision”.

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DxOmark (Click here) published the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon FE lens test results and writes:

With excellent optical construction, including three aspherical elements, it’s a pretty hefty lens, however, that measures 112mm in length and weighs 630g. If you’re looking for top-quality low-light shooting, you’ll need all that heavy glass, however, and it helps the FE 35mm f1.4 deliver some excellent results.
Achieving a high DxOMark score of 38 points, the FE 35mm f1.4’s performance is excellent and ranks as the second best FE-mount lens we’ve tested. Sharpness and Transmission results are particularly strong, and with decent results in the other Lens Metric categories, it’s an impressive all-round excellent performance from the FE 35mm f1.4.[/shoplink]

The 55mm FE is still the king of sharpness. Looking at the score comparison I am actually surprised to see how good the much more compact FE 35mm f/2.8 lens is. A nice little (still bit overpriced) gem :)

The Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon FE is in Stock here:
in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
in Asia/Australia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

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May 11, 2015
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Kai from Digitalrev reviews the Zeiss FE Loxia and loves them!

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Zeiss Loxia 35mm & 50mm f/2 Hands-on Review

We are used to see Kai from Digitalrev to throw also very harsh critics on the stuff he tests. But the Zeiss Loxia lenses are so close to perfection that Kai really loves them!

And so do Sony camera owners because right now only limited numbers of Loxias are in Stock even after so many months. In USA there is only one 50mm Loxia in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and one 35mm Loxia again via Amazon (Click here).

In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

Thanks Joe!

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May 11, 2015
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Zeiss interview makes it clear Sony’s focus “is moving” from APS-C to FF.

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NAB 2015: EXCLUSIVE! Carl Zeiss Announces Batis AutoFocus Lenses
from Clint Milby on Vimeo.

HDSLRshooter posted that Zeiss interview about the new Batis lenses. Some key info:

1min10sec: Sony is moving from APS-C to FF.
1min20sec: Loxia have been really well received. We cannot keep them in Stock right now.
2min40sec: 85mm Batis is designed to match the 55mm FE. It has fantastic image quality.

Zeiss makes it clear that Sony’s focus right now is on Full Frame. But certainly they didn’t mean APS-C is done :) The A6100 will be announced soon and I expect it to be a great camera. But I hope Sony will soon release some proper E-mount APS-C lenses too.

Both lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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