23 April, 2015

Zeiss to the rescue

Zeiss Loxia 50mm - Point Lonsdale, Victoria [click to enlarge]

The 85mm gap in the Sony FE lens lineup is set to be filled by Zeiss with the Batis 85mm f/1.8. This will be another Sonnar — a stepbrother to the 55mm f/1.8. There's no reason for it not to have all the same Zeiss qualities. Fingers crossed.

I was quite surprised to see that the Batis 85mm will be stabilised — unusual for an all-Zeiss prime. And there's an added touch of an on-lens OLED display that will provide depth-of-field information. Very cool.

I was kinda hoping for an 85mm Loxia; but at 85mm this will be a portrait lens, and I must admit that Sony's eye-focus feature (only possible on autofocus lenses) is a serious portrait benefit.

There will also be a Batis 25mm f/2.0 Distagon. I'm not usually a wide shooter, so that's less attractive to me.

Here's the Zeiss teaser video on YouTube:

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