November is already shaping up to be a great month for avid fans of ZEISS lenses as the latest in the Batis family, the ZEISS Batis 40mm f2 CF (Close Focus), is set to start shipping out that month. This new standard lens has a 40 mm fixed focal length and features a quick autofocus and an extremely short minimum focus distance. ZEISS claims that it’s the “most versatile” in the ZEISS Batis family, which means that its focal length makes it perfect for use in various situations “from portrait and street photography to landscape and architecture.”
The ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF “bridges the gap” between the ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 and falls between the standard 35 and 50 mm lenses.
Per Dr. Michael Pollman, Category Manager for Imaging at ZEISS:
“The lens is excellent for applications requiring normal focal lengths as well as common photographic situations where a bit more of a wide angle is needed. Our customers will enjoy a truly versatile lens which, thanks to its proven ZEISS look, and an outstanding image quality, is also ideal for close-ups. If you’re traveling light and decide to opt for just one lens, then this would be it.”
Like all ZEISS Batis lenses, the ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF was developed specifically for Sony mirrorless cameras (Alpha 7 and Alpha 9 series) and is compatible with all E-mount cameras.
Check out its specs below:
Focal length: 40 mm
Aperture range: f/2 – f/22
Lens elements/Groups: 9/8
Optical image stabilization: No
Focusing range: 0.24 m (0.78 ft) – ∞
Free working distance: 0.14 m (0.45 ft) – ∞
Angular field* (diag. / horiz. / vert.): 56° / 47° / 33°
Diameter of image field: 43.3 mm (1.7″)
Flange focal distance: 18.0 mm (0.71″)
Coverage at close range (MOD)*: 79 x 117 mm (3.1 x 4.6″)
Image ratio at MOD: 1:3.3
Filter thread: M67 x 0.75
Entrance pupil position (in front of image plane): 75.1 mm (2.96″)
Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf – MOD): Focusing not mechanically coupled. Rotation angle depending on rotation speed.
Diameter max. (with lens shade): 91 mm (3.6″)
Diameter of focusing ring: 78 mm (3.1″)
Length (without lens caps): 93 mm (3.7″)
Length (with lens caps): 106 mm (4.2″)
Weight (without lens caps): 361 g (0.80 lbs)
*Format / referring to 36mm format
Additionally, below are other features of the ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF:
- Floating lens design for consistently high image quality across the entire focus range
- ZEISS T* coating for fewer reflections
- Weather and dust sealed housing and splash protection ensure maximum image quality in almost any situation
- Innovative OLED display on the ZEISS Batis shows the distance and depth of field, ensuring a perfectly adjusted focus range
The ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF retails for US $1,299 excluding local taxes. For more information, click this link.
All images and information via ZEISS International.