April 22, 2015
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Full Zeiss Batis FE lens specs! First Zeiss FF lens with OLED display, optical stabilization and autofocus!

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The new BATIS 85mm and 25mm lenses have an OLED display on lens!

Preorder links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

New Zeiss Batis key info and specs:
Chapeau Zeiss! The new BATIS lens announcement just added a huge value to the FE system. Those are the key points of the new lenses:
1) They are the first Full Frame Zeiss lenses with autofocus
2) Those are the first worldwide lenses with OLED display on lens to show aperture and dpeth of field info. And at startup it reminds you what you spent $$$ for with a “ZEISS” writing :)
3) The 85mm f/1.8 is the first Zeiss with optical stabilization.

The lenses are also weather sealed!
And here are the specs:

Technical specifications Zeiss

Product Zeiss Batis 2/25 Batis Zeiss 1.8 / 85
Focal length 25 mm 85 mm
Aperture range f / 2 – f / 22 f / 1.8 – f / 22
Elements / groups 10/8 11/8
Focusing 0.2 m – infinity 0.80 m – infinity
Working distance 0.13 m – infinity 0.71 m – infinity
Field ** (diag. / Horiz. / Vert.) 82 ° / 72 ° / 51 ° 29 ° / 24 ° / 16 °
Image circle diameter 43.3 mm 43.3 mm
Coverage at close range ** 12.4 mm × 18.7 mm 18.9 mm × 28.3 mm
Magnification at close range 1: 5.2 1: 7.9
Filter Diameter M67 x 0.75 M67 x 0.75
Diameter max. 81 mm 81 mm
Diameter of the focus 78 mm 78 mm
Length (without lens cap) 78 mm 92 mm
Length (with lens caps) 92 mm 105 mm
Weight 335 g 475 g
Camera mounts E-mount E-mount
Focal length 25 mm 85 mm
Aperture range f / 2 – f / 22 f / 1.8 – f / 22
Elements / groups 10/8 11/8
Focusing 0.2 m – infinity 0.80 m – infinity
Working distance 0.13 m – infinity 0.71 m – infinity
Field ** (diag. / Horiz. / Vert.) 82 ° / 72 ° / 51 ° 29 ° / 24 ° / 16 °

Full press release and more images can be seen on that SAR post. And here are the Adorama preorder links (Click on the image):

Adorama85mm Adorama25mm

Reminder: Tomorrow (April 23) big Sony announcement! Follow live on SAR at 12,00 London time.

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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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April 22, 2015
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Official! Zeiss announces a new BATIS lens line for Sony FE: 25mm f/2.0 and 85mm f/1.8 to ship in summer!

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Preorder links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

Amazing! Zeiss just announced a new lens line for Sony FE mount! it’s the autofocus BATIS line and the two first lenses will be the 25mm f/2.0 and 85mm f/1.8. Here is the press text:

The new ZEISS Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 lenses are the first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display for the mirrorless Sony α series and therefore the pioneers of a new era. As professional tools, they enable outstanding outcomes with optimal image performance, impressive contrast and maximum resolution down to the very last detail.
The innovative OLED display shows the distance of the focal plane from the camera system and the depth of fields, therefore ideally supporting creative image composition. For the demanding photographer, the OLED display is an absolute highlight – an innovation that is currently unparalleled in camera lenses.  ZEISS Batis lenses are available in a wide-angle and portrait focal length and are the perfect match for the existing lenses offered for the system. The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses will be available for purchase from July 2015 – place your order now!

Her eis the official trailer:

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This from Zeiss:
ZEISS Batis 2/25:
The ZEISS Batis 2/25 wide-angle lens has ten lens elements in eight groups and draws on the ZEISS Distagon optical design. Four of the lens elements are aspheric on both sides and five are made from special types of glass. The aspheric lens design ensures consistently high image quality over the whole image field and a sharpness that extends right to the edges of the frame. The moderate 82 degree image angle combined with a minimum focusing distance of 0.2 meters makes this wide-angle lens the perfect choice for architecture and landscape photography and many other applications besides. It encourages the user to make creative use of depth of field which can often yield surprising results, particularly in close-up photography.

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ZEISS Batis 1.8/85:
The ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 is a moderate tele lens which offers 11 lens elements in eight groups and features the ZEISS Sonnar optical design. The lens elements are made from special types of glass and designed to ensure superior image quality. The ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 is a particularly good choice for wedding photography and portrait shots, offering the high speed which provides plenty of creative scope to bring out the main subject. Thanks to its optical image stabilization, the ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 can capture outstanding images even under difficult, shifting light conditions.

“The Batis family of lenses is the first time we have launched autofocus lenses for Sony’s full- frame E-mount cameras which are ZEISS through and through – in other words exclusively developed and distributed by us,” says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product Manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses. The Sony alpha full-frame E-mount system, which currently consists of the α7 family of cameras, is one of the most innovative camera systems on the market and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for professionals and people considering switching from DSLRs. “The ZEISS Batis lenses are our way of acknowledging this trend and providing creative and ambitious photographers with the expert tools they need,” says Pollmann. The lenses are easy to use yet offer professional performance, so they are a sound investment for amateur photographers, too: “Camera sensors are constantly evolving, and so are photographers. Our Batis lenses are the perfect answer to these changing trends and herald a new era of professional photographers using mirrorless full-frame cameras,” says Pollmann.

The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lenses offer an initial choice of two focal lengths which have proved to be the most popular among users of the system: a moderate wide-angle focal length and a tele portrait focal length. The lenses make optimal use of the camera sensors, capturing every last detail with impressive contrast and high resolution. As well as offering fast and reliable autofocus, the lenses also support manual focusing, allowing users to choose the best option for each individual situation. The sleek, modern design – with smooth surfaces reminiscent of the high-end ZEISS Otus lenses – emphasizes the superior quality of this new lens family and gives the Batis lenses an unmistakable look and feel.

Preorder links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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April 22, 2015
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(SR4) RX100m4 with FT sensor has about the same wight and size of the current RX100m3.

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If true it really looks like Sony engineers could win a Nobel Prize in Miniaturization technology :)
A trusted source told me that the RX100m4 with much larger Four Thirds sensor manages to have the same weight of the RX100m3. And the size is just a tiny bit larger. The camera will remain perfectly pocketable.

It’s still unconfirmed if the camera will be announced tomorrow (April 23) or in May (with the new E-mount cam announcement).

I am 100% sure tomorrow at 13.00 London time Sony will announce new cameras! So stay tuned on SAR to get live coverage about the new cameras!

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April 22, 2015
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(SR5) Big surprise: Zeiss to announce a new BATIS line for FE? Autofocus 25mm f/2.0 and 85mm f/1.8 FE lenses coming!

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UPDATE: Announced! Preorder links here:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

It’s now the third source within weeks that tells me this. Zeiss has a huge surprise for the FE system. They are going to launch a new autofocus lens line system for the FE mount! This is the latest message I got:

New Zeiss Batis lenses will be announced today. This is a new line for FF E-Mount. Like the Touits for APS-C.  2/25 and 1,8/85 will be available in summer 2015.

UPDATE: Zeiss is rumored to announce those lenses at 11.00 Berlin time. Stay tuned on SAR!!!!!

AND STAY tuned all day and remember that tomorrow (April12) at 12-13.00 London time there will be a BIG Sony announcement!

 

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April 22, 2015
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Zeiss teases a new lens for mirrorless system cameras!

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Zeiss posted a teaser of a new lens on their Facebook page. It’s a new “smooth” lens for mirrorless system cameras. UPDATE: Zeiss said they would launch a wide angle Loxia later this year. So I am not sure this is the wide angle lens he is holding. And I also don’t think it’s a Touit lens.
And the past weeks I already got a quite surprising rumor about a complete new line of lenses. Give me some time to check it out!

Preorder links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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