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We take a closer look at the Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens, which is de­signed for Sony full-frame cam­eras

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As part of the mas­ter­class event at East­nor Cas­tle, AP had the chance to put the brand new ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens through its paces, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sur­round­ings to shoot a se­lec­tion of por­traits with the lens mounted on the Sony Al­pha 7R III.

The fo­cal length of 40mm is su­perb for en­vi­ron­men­tal and on-lo­ca­tion por­trait shoot­ing like this. Many pho­tog­ra­phers pre­fer this length to the more com­mon 35mm or 50mm, and the Distagon T* 40mm f/2 op­tic pro­vides a very nat­u­ral per­spec­tive for im­ages and help­ing to make the most of such a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion.

Un­like many other ZEISS lenses, the Batis 40mm f/2 CF is an aut­o­fo­cus op­tic, mak­ing it ideal for shoot­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal por­traits where the model is en­cour­aged to move around the scene to cre­ate dif­fer­ent poses, ex­pres­sions and looks.

The lens is not just great for por­traits. CF stands for close-fo­cus, with the lens of­fer­ing a min­i­mum ob­ject dis­tance of just 24cm, af­ford­ing 0.3x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. A lim­iter switch en­ables fo­cus­ing over the en­tire range or re­stricts it to ei­ther in­fin­ity to 40cm for ev­ery­day shoot­ing, or 50cm-24cm for close-ups.

Like all Batis lenses, the 40mm fea­tures an LCD that shows the fo­cus dis­tance and depth of field. While the lens is rather large for its spec­i­fi­ca­tion, it bal­ances well with the Sony Al­pha 7R III for shoot­ing com­fort­ably hand­held. The op­ti­cal for­mula utilises 9 el­e­ments in 8 groups, with 3 as­pheric el­e­ments and 4 el­e­ments made of spe­cial glass with anoma­lous par­tial dis­per­sion. In ad­di­tion, it fea­tures a weather-proof con­struc­tion, ac­cepts 67mm fil­ters and comes supplied with a bowl-shaped lens hood.

Shoot­ing with a 40mm fo­cal length re­sults in a very nat­u­ral per­spec­tive Sony Al­pha 7R III, ZEISS Batis 40mm, 1/40sec at f/2, IS0 1250

Eye-Fo­cus AF keeps your por­traits sharp Sony Al­pha 7R III, ZEISS 40mm, 1/40sec at f/2, IS0 400

The ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF is on sale now, priced at £1,129.99. Look out for a full re­view of the lens in a fu­ture is­sue of AP.

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