A ‘DIGITAL’ LENS FOR A NEW ERA
ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 Has OLED Panels
120 HWM | M AY 2 0 1 6 If you think ZEISS is contented with the success of the ZEISS Otus series – think again. The German optics firm has just released a series of lenses called ZEISS Batis. Among the lenses in this series is the ZEISS Batis 2.8/18, and as you can guess from its name, is one that offers a focal length of 18mm, with a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
With such a wide field of view, the ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 is ideal for both architectural and astro photography. It consists of 11 elements in 10 groups, and uses the ‘floating elements' design for better focusing performance. In addition, the elements inside this lens are made of special glass, for better clarity.
What sets the ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 and its brethren apart from the competition though, is the addition of an OLED display that displays the distance and depth of field. The lenses are also weatherand dust-resistant.
All ZEISS Batis lenses are specially made for Sony E mount cameras, and are available in a number of configurations – there's the 18mm f/2.8 mentioned above, a 25mm f/2, and an 85mm f/1.8 lens. Local pricing and availability remains to be confirmed.
The ZEISS Batis series of lenses have OLED screens that display the distance and depth of field.
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