Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens Becomes Official with Autofocus

Zeiss has announced a new Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens with autofocus support for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Designed for landscape and architecture photography, the new Batis-series lens is the widest model in the lineup. The brand new wide-angle prime optic features an OLED screen, just like its siblings.

The first two Batis models are the 25mm f/2 and the 85mm f/1.8 as these optics deliver a very high image quality and provides the same dust and weather seals.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens to begin shipping this May

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens Becomes Official with Autofocus

The super wide optic is designed for A7-series full-frame cameras and also compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless with APS-c sized image sensor and it will deliver a 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 27mm.

The release date of the product is in May 2016. The lens will cost $1,499 in US. Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens will ship along with a detachable lens hood.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens to begin shipping this May

When we look at the Batis 18mm f2.8 specifications, the lens comprises 11 elements in 10 groups, and four of those elements are aspheric on both sides. The design of the lenses is based on Distagon. Whereas maximum aperture stands at f/2.8, the minimum one is f/22.

As mentioned in the beginning of the article, the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens comes packed with an OLED screen that informs users about focus distance and depth of field.

The lens provides a minimum focus distance of 0.25m/9.8in. Weighing in at 330g/0.74lb it measures 80mm/3.1in in length. The product comes with a 77mm filter thread. Just like the other Batis models, the optic is weather sealed and it provides protection against dust and moisture.

The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 with innovative OLED display to show focus distance and depth of field is also impressive thanks to its high image quality across the entire image field.