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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar Aperture Series: Sculptured Elegance (Sony A7R)

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

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

This extensive series offers entire-frame images up to 24 megapixels from f/1.8 through f/16 as well as the usual large crop series. Sony SteadyShot disabled of course.

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar Aperture Series: Sculptured Elegance (Sony A7R)

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar is a gorgeous lens that falls short of Zeiss Otus level in various aspects, but every lens is a combination of things, and the Batis 85/1.8 is relatively small and light and a very strong performer and it is autofocus. And it goes onto relatively tiny camera bodies (Sony A7 series). There’s a lot to like about it in all aspects. Zeiss has made a wise tradeoff in going for f/1.8, which keeps the size and weight down and makes performance easier to achieve at a lower price.

From what I’m seeing, the Batis lenses are MUST HAVES for Sony shooters. And short of Zeiss Otus, you’re not going to do better at 25mm and 85mm on Canon and/or Nikon. Let’s hope that Zeiss aggressively expands the Batis line. I vote for an 18mm f/2.8 next.

f5.6 @ 4.0 sec, ISO 80; 2015-05-24 20:12:43
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. My Sony wishes include a vibration-free EFC shutter, 50+ megapixels, a non-lossy file format with less cooking of the raw file, IBIS, and a slightly larger and sturdier camera body for better controls (more usable with gloves and big hands),


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