ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Four Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Floating Elements System
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • OLED Display for Focus Distance and DoF
  • Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
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ZEISS 40mm f/2.0 overview

  • 1Description

Offering a unique short-normal focal length with a close-focusing design, the Batis 40mm f/2 CF from ZEISS is a Sony E-mount prime further characterized by its advanced optical layout. The innovative design of Batis lenses feature an OLED display that highlights the focus distance and depth of field range for quickly recognizing your focusing parameters, and autofocus is handled by a linear motor that maintains quick, quiet, and smooth performance. In regard to optics, the lens employs a Distagon concept with a floating elements design, which maintains consistent sharpness and illumination throughout the focusing range, and a series of aspherical and low dispersion glass elements help to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations. A ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to individual elements in order to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity, and the lens also sports a dust- and moisture-sealed construction to permit its use in trying environments.

A versatile short normal-length prime, this 40mm lens is designed specifically for full-frame E-mount mirrorless digital cameras, however can also be used on APS-C models where it provides a 60mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2 maximum aperture suits working in low-light conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field.
Distagon optical concept incorporates nine elements within eight groups, and also employs a floating elements design to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range.
Suitable for close-up shooting, this CF (Close Focusing) lens has a minimum focusing distance of 9.4", minimum working distance of 5.5", and a maximum magnification of 1:3.3.
Two aspherical elements, three elements made from anomalous partial dispersion glass, and one aspherical element also made from special glass are featured in the optical design, and all contribute to significantly reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved clarity, sharpness, and resolution.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Integrated OLED display on the top of the lens shows the distance of the focal plane from the camera as well as the depth of field range for quickly recognizing the parameters of focus in use, even when working in low-light conditions.
Linear motor benefits the autofocus performance of the lens and provides smooth, fast, and quiet operation. For manual focusing, a rubberized ring offers greater tactile control for precise placement of focus.
Dust and weather-sealed construction benefits using the lens in inclement shooting conditions.
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ZEISS 40mm f/2.0 specs

Performance
Focal Length 40mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 56°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.45" / 24 cm
Magnification 0.30x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.3
Optical Design 9 Elements in 8 Groups
Features
Image Stabilization None
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.58 x 3.66" / 91 x 93 mm
Weight 12.73 oz / 361 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.93 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 5.4 x 4.7"

ZEISS 40mm f/2.0 reviews

Batis 40mm f/2 CF Lens for Sony E is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light. Fast. Perfect. I have now tested this lens against many others including the zeiss 35mm1.4, Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 , Minolta Rokkor 40mm f2 and various SONY G masters and what I have found overwhelmingly is perfection. Very clean, very sharp, incredibly fast auto focus compared to anything else I own. The only shortcoming is SOME of the background Bokeh balls have an octagon-like shape at certain distances. But most often looks perfect and smooth. Image quality is superb.
Date published: 2018-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact beauty! At first I was disappointed with this lens because I was comparing it to my Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 which isnt quite fair.  However, when I simply looked an images taken with the 40/2 I began to appreciate how fantastic it was.  Quick and silent AF, wonderful color and contrast with very sharp (not crisp!) images from corner to corner, and I was won over.  On both the A7RIII and A7III it is a perfect size and weight for becoming my go-to walk-around lens!  It has found a permanent place in my heart and camera bag!
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completing the set This 40mm lens completes my set of all 5 current marvelous Batis lenses.  I had high expectations for it after talking with photo friends who were strongly promoting the in between 40mm focal length.  It has been all I had hoped for and then some including the convenient close focusing.  Adding that feature was a brilliant move.  This lens is now the one on my Sony A7Riii camera most of the time. Completing the set has given me a very high performing relatively light weight pack -- 5 prime, extra quality, lenses.  Carrying  both my 7Riii and my A6500 camera gives the equivalent of 10 prime lens choices over a broad range.  The completion of a years long dream.  Equally consistent color, pleasing contrast, and wonderful resolution remains when switching between lenses.  The 40mm completes the mid zone with two lenses on either side.  It is delightful.  Thank you Zeiss!
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Batis Lens, A Perfect Substitute for Sony FE 35mm This lens image quality is fantastic. Although its blur light shape is not a round circle, the nano comparison and the color are excellent. I would like to say that the Zeiss Batis Series are true to their names.
Date published: 2018-11-29
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ZEISS 40mm f/2.0 accessories

Designed for use with:

  • Sony NEX-EA50M
  • Sony PXW-FS5
  • Sony PXW-FS7
  • Sony PXW-FS7M2
  • Sony Alpha A5000
  • Sony Alpha A5100
  • Sony Alpha A6000
  • Sony Alpha A6300
  • Sony Alpha A6500
  • Sony Alpha A7
  • Sony Alpha A7 II
  • Sony Alpha A7 III
  • Sony Alpha A7R
  • Sony Alpha A7R II
  • Sony Alpha A7R III
  • Sony Alpha A7S
  • Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Sony Alpha A9
  • Sony Alpha a7
  • Sony Alpha A6500
  • Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Sony A7R III
  • Sony NEX-EA50M
  • Sony NEX-EA50UH
  • Sony NEX-FS700R
  • Sony NEX-VG30
  • Sony NEX-VG900
  • Sony PXW-FS5
  • Sony PXW-FS5M2
  • Sony PXW-FS7
  • Sony PXW-FS7M2