Latest or all posts or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
Upgrade the memory of your 2020 iMac up to 128GB
877-865-7002
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$2798 $2198
SAVE $600

$348 $278
SAVE $70

$389 $299
SAVE $90

$2098 $1298
SAVE $800

$1499 $1129
SAVE $370

$322 $242
SAVE $80

$1499 $1129
SAVE $370

$330 $330
SAVE $click

$498 $398
SAVE $100

$180 $140
SAVE $40

$500 $275
SAVE $225

$180 $136
SAVE $44

$130 $100
SAVE $30

$2997 $2497
SAVE $500

$3498 $2998
SAVE $500

$370 $370
SAVE $click

$4899 $4499
SAVE $400

$1000 $1000
SAVE $click

$1699 $1149
SAVE $550

$280 $230
SAVE $50

$1899 $1499
SAVE $400

$4499 $3499
SAVE $1000

$2198 $1998
SAVE $200

$3998 $3498
SAVE $500

$1799 $1699
SAVE $100

$18599 $16599
SAVE $2000

$1149 $1149
SAVE $click

$650 $450
SAVE $200

$199 $119
SAVE $80

$280 $200
SAVE $80

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1199 $779
SAVE $420

$250 $200
SAVE $50

$1699 $1149
SAVE $550

$200 $130
SAVE $70

$76 $46
SAVE $30

$120 $30
SAVE $90

$189 $159
SAVE $30

$3899 $1499
SAVE $2400

$2999 $1999
SAVE $1000

$1699 $849
SAVE $850

$1698 $1198
SAVE $500

$1149 $1149
SAVE $click

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1498 $998
SAVE $500

$2797 $2497
SAVE $300

$280 $230
SAVE $50

$899 $549
SAVE $350

$1699 $1149
SAVE $550

B&H Photo Black Friday Deals

Photo, video, television, far more!.
OWC Black Friday Deals

Upgrades, sound, iPad/iPhone, computing, storage, more!

Shootout at Close Range: Sony G Master 85mm f/1.4 vs Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar (Dolls, Sony A7R II) UPDATED

Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Get Sony G Master Lens and Zeiss Batis at B&H Photo.

I plan a distance comparison, but I was curious: how would the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM compare to the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar at a shooting distance roughly equivalent to a tight head and shoulders portrait, a distance thus highly relevant to real-world usage—for portraiture.

Close-range performance is one area where many lens designs are compromised, particularly in f/1.4 designs. So how does it fare against the 2/3-stop slower Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar?

Shootout: Shootout vs Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 (Dolls, A7R II)

With images up to 24 megapixels and large crops, from f/1.4, f/1.8/1.7, f/2, ..., f/8.

Includes comments on field of view, field curvature, vignetting, aberrations, sharpness, contrast.

Update: I went back and reshot several times. There is a confounding factor at work that I discuss that makes me conclude that such a close range comparison cannot be matched properly (across the frame) due to the perspective difference caused by a different entrance pupil position for the two lenses. Based on 12.5X Live View, I have concluded that this perspective difference makes it impossible to match the lenses at close range in a way that allows the best performance for each to shine. I will be showing the Sony separately and at its best shortly.

UPDATE 2: now I understand my perplexity in not being able to match the two lenses: the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM has a pronounced focus shift in outer zones. I have no posted a full aperture series with detailed examples from f/1.4 - f/8. Important read for anyone using this lens and wanting to get the best out of it.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM Aperture Series: Dolls (includes a 2nd series at MOD).

f1.7 @ 1/15 sec, ISO 100; 2016-04-15 18:41:54
Sony A7R II + Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

[low-res image for bot]
OWC Envoy Pro EX SSD
Blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD!

Up to 4TB capacity, USB-C compatible.

USB-C model also available


Great for travel or for desktop!
OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD
6000 MB/sec!
Mac or PC.


Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!
OWC Envoy Express

World’s first Thunderbolt 3 M.2 NVME SSD enclosure.

Super fast, bus-powered, 3.3 oz, DIY easy, rugged and compact!


See also OWC Express 4M2
√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!
OWC Thunderblade Thunderbolt 3 SSD

Blazing fast, up to 16TB.

YEE HAH!



√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!
Holiday Deals on Camera Gear


Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, more!

Best Deals, Updated Weekly
View all handpicked deals...

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
$348 $278
SAVE $70

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.