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.