For many content creators—from filmmakers and cinematographers as well as vloggers and photographers—the past two years have been exciting, if not a bit unnerving, as new camera bodies include large sensors with higher resolution. Such sensors can show unprecedented detail in video and stills, but they can more easily highlight flaws in lenses that cameras with lower resolution won’t show.
However, Zeiss has kept pace with these changes by offering filmmakers and photographers several powerful, flexible and reliable lines of lenses that let them make the most of these high-resolution cameras. Here at this year’s NAB show, in Las Vegas, you’ll see that Zeiss is offering lenses to cover every sensor type that can beautifully resolve details in every scene and lighting situation.
For example, a popular Zeiss lens line on view at the show is its Batis lenses, which are professional full-frame autofocus lenses for Sony full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. The line presently includes five powerful primes:
If you’re looking for great wide-angle lenses, you have two to choose from—the Batis 2.8/18 and Batis 2/25. The former is a super wide-angle 18mm lens that’s ideal for both landscapes and interiors. The latter 25mm wide angle has a unique lens design that provides you with a lens for capturing landscapes and street scenes while also providing excellent close-range focus for a different point of view.
Those looking for an all-purpose lens, no matter what type of video footage of still images you shoot, consider the Batis 2/40 CF. It’s a fixed-focal-length lens with high-speed AF and a close focusing distance that gives you a new perspective on your subjects. You can also see two great telephoto Zeiss Batis lenses on display at the show: The Batis 1.8/85 is a telephoto lens that gives you the ability to provide video and images with a very narrow depth of field, ideal for portraits and weddings. And the Batis 2.8/135 is a medium telephoto Apo lens that corrects for all chromatic aberrations that can mar great video and photos. Both telephoto lenses also offer optical images stabilization, which means your video footage will be jitter free and still photos will be crisp and sharp.
What’s also nice about the Batis line of Zeiss lenses is that you control how you want the focus the lenses, either using the focus ring for ultra-precise manual focusing or using the built-in autofocus, which is fast and accurate. All the lenses also have handy distance and depth-of-field indicators on the OLED display on the lens and are weather- and dust-resistant.
For more information about the Batis lenses and the range of cine lenses from ZEISS, go to zeiss.com/photo.
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