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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar Rocks

Get Zeiss Batis at B&H Photo. (thanks for buying with this link!)

See my review coverage of Zeiss Batis in Guide to Mirrorless.

Last night in my haste I forgot to turn off Sony SteadyShot, so I went back tonight and shot some new material with it turned off, to guarantee peak results on a tripod. I’ll be presenting a number of series in the next few days in my review (more on the Batis 25/2 also). Then I’m heading to Yosemite for a few days (and BTW I have an opening for a photo tour on June 1/2/3).

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar rocks. What a gorgeous lens (the Zeiss Batis 25/2 also). MUST HAVES for Sony shooters.

Short of Zeiss Otus, you’re not going to do any better at 25mm and 85mm on Canon and/or Nikon. And the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 surely looks to be a better lens than the Zeiss ZF.2 25mm f/2 Distagon. Which raises a nagging question I’ve been wondering about for 2-3 years: when is Zeiss going to raise its wide-angle game in the DSLR arena?

A camera system depends on its lenses, and the Zeiss Batis line now solidly anchors the Sony mirrorless platform. Along with the Sony 28mm f/2 (more review coverage coming) and the Sony/Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 and the prospect of a 50+ megapixel Sony A9, one wonders about Nikon and Canon and Fujifilm as distant runner ups in key markets like travel, landscape, wedding photography, etc. If only Sony would fix is dog excrement service and support.

f9 @ 10.0 sec, ISO 80; 2015-05-24 20:13:15
Sony A7R + Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

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f5.6 @ 1.3 sec, ISO 80; 2015-05-24 19:25:18
Sony A7R + Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

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Douglas S writes:

Your images with the 85mm Batis are quite superb, the best I recall including the Otus, superb colour as well as sharpness, added to my must have lens for the Sony A7R II with hopefully a quieter shutter that doesn’t try to throw the camera off the tripod.

DIGLLOYD: more coming.


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