Zeiss is rumored to release a new Batis-series lens. Once again, it seems like it will consist of a wide-angle unit that will be unveiled for Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras sometime by the end of April 2016.
The first Batis optics have been introduced by Zeiss in April 2015. Almost a year has passed since their announcement and one could say that it is about time a new model is added to this line-up of lenses for Sony FE-mount cameras.
A trusted source, who has revealed spot-on information in the past, is claiming that a Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens is in development and that it will be introduced within the next few months. Additionally, the insider has hinted that another unit will most likely become official by the end of this year.
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens rumored to be unveiled within the next few months
Zeiss is a long-time partner of Sony, so there is no surprise that the Germany-based manufacturer has decided to come up with lenses specifically crafted for FE-mount mirrorless cameras, such as the Batis-series 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8.
The Japanese company has confirmed that the A7-series mirrorless cameras are selling really well. This is another reason why everybody is expecting Sony and third-party makers to create more lenses for this line-up.
According to the gossip mill, this is exactly what is happening right now. The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens is real and is coming soon for Sony A7 MILcs. In this case, soon means sometime in March or April, approximately one year after the introduction of the original Batis optics.
This will be a wide-angle prime that will be welcomed by landscape photographers. Although no specifications have been mentioned, it is likely that the new optic will feature autofocus technology along with the OLED screen, which is used for showing the focusing distance.
Another Zeiss Batis lens slated to become official by the end of 2016
As stated above, the existence of the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens is not the only good news for Sony FE-mount mirrorless camera owners. The same source is stating that this model will be joined by another Batis-series optic in 2016.
Its focal length, maximum aperture, and launch details are unknown at this point. However, it might be announced around the Photokina 2016 event. The world’s largest photography event will take place this September, therefore it is the perfect place to unveil cutting-edge products.
Either way, more details will become available once we approach the announcement dates of future Zeiss Batis lenses, meaning that it would be best to stay tuned to find them out as soon as they are leaked!