Zeiss adds 40mm f/2 Close Focus to its Batis range of lenses

Sep 28, 2018

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Zeiss adds 40mm f/2 Close Focus to its Batis range of lenses

Sep 28, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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A new camera with zero card slots isn’t all that Zeiss has announced at Photokina this year. They’ve also announced the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF lens, too. It sits in between the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses in the Zeiss E mount lineup.

The Zeiss Batis lenses were developed specifically for the Sony E mount range of mirrorless cameras. There are five in total now, including this one, covering 18 to 135mm in focal length. As with the rest of the Batis lenses, the 2/40 CF has Zeiss T* coatings and is fully weather sealed.

  • Focal length: 40mm
  • Max aperture: f/2
  • Min aperture: f/22
  • Mount: Sony E Mount
  • Format: Full frame
  • Minimum focus distance: 24cm
  • Display: OLED showing focus distance and aperture
  • Optics: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Dimensions: 91 x 93mm (3.6″ x 3.7″)
  • Weight: 361g (0.8lb)

Zeiss says that it’s the most versatile lens in the Zeiss Batis family, and they’re probably right. The 40-60mm range tends to be that most commonly hailed as “standard”, and is used for all kinds of things from landscapes to portraits and street photography. As I said when this lens was first rumoured, I still think there’s room for a 58mm in there.

The Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 Close Focus lens is priced at $1,299. No pre-orders are available yet, and there’s no word on when it will actually be released.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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