Object of Desire: Zeiss Batis

August 3, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

In our review of the Sony A7 II, we noted that Sony and third-party lensmakers were working hard to build a line of high-quality FE-mount optics for the A7 series. No sooner had our words rolled off the press than Zeiss introduced its first autofocus lenses for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. The new Batis family will carry the distinction of being designed and distributed exclusively by Zeiss. The new lineup kicks off with two lenses, a 25mm f/2 and an 85mm f/1.8, to cover moderate wide-angle and portrait-friendly focal lengths, respectively. The lenses feature an OLED display for reviewing depth of field information as well as the distance between the camera and focal plane. Batis lenses have the same smooth, sleek and solid exterior that we loved on the Otus series, as well as dust and weather seals and a rubberized focus ring. Both lenses use floating elements design to correct aberrations at different distance settings and feature T* coating. The 25mm Batis lens offers a focusing distance of 7.8 inches while the 85mm features optical image stabilization.