Today Zeiss announced their new line of lenses designed for the Sony Full Frame E Mount cameras. The Batis lens line are the first solely Zeiss lenses (developed & distributed 100% by Zeiss) for E Mount that have autofocus, and in the case of the Batis 85mm f/1.8, optical image stabilization. There will also be a Batis 25mm f/2 and these two will be starting the new line and will be available in July according to Zeiss.
The new Batis series holds a similar appearance to Zeiss' legendary Otus line and promise to perform quite amazingly.
Zeiss has also really stepped their game up and focused on innovation by providing an actual OLED display as your depth of field scale. Right now I think that Zeiss is such a performer not only because of their incredible commitment to quality optics but because they are pushing the envelop and moving forward with new ideas and technology while staying true to their reputation.
The series is also fully dust and weather sealed for "inclement weather" as Zeiss puts it.
Both lenses are currently available for preorder and you're looking at around $1,199 for the Batis 1.8/85 and $1,299 for the Batis 2/25.
Price is in my opinion the biggest downfall of full frame E Mount at this time - the lenses are quickly coming out and are quite amazing but they also come with a hefty cost. Although these Batis lenses should far more than merit the price tag, many of Sony's own lenses are a bit pricey for the maximum aperture they offer. Regardless, it's reassuring to see an 85mm in the line up. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Batis 2/25 you might want to look at the Sony 28mm f/2 FE that you can grab for about half it's price. That being said, there is very little that can stand up to Zeiss glass.
Here is the Batis Teaser video by Zeiss. Can't wait to get my hands on them and see how they perform!
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