Thankfully, everything points towards the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 Distagon and 85mm f1.8 Planar lenses being superb. The system needed this and, assuming other focal lengths follow, these lenses have the potential to bring the Sony FE system ever closer to being ‘mainstream pro viable’ for ever more applications. While the Loxias offer smaller size and manual focus benefits, I think these new lenses are going to really catapult the system forwards. Yes, they are somewhat large, but it appears we are seeing the death of the ‘with that short flange focal distance/register and that thick sensor stack, great wide primes are not possible’ argument. Phew!
As for the forthcoming A7S II, I think that will be another huge leap forwards if Sony can make the stretch to 16 or 18 megapixels. If they then added sensor shift for higher resolution photos for static subjects, then wow….
Here’s Kai’s Digital Review street spin on the Zeiss Batis lenses. He may be casual, but he tends to be pretty well on the money.
I wonder what this means for the Zeiss Loxia line? However, judging by the reception these lenses are getting, I can see the Zeiss Batis line expanding rapidly and the Loxias perhaps remaining more relevant to videographers, due to their smooth relatively light manual focus.
Now we just need them to add an 18mm to the Zeiss Batis range. These are going to be a huge hit with those photographers able to pay considerably more than Sony’s offerings.