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Zeiss Batis 25/2, 85/1.8
Sony A7R II

Examples: Dana Lake, Dana Glacier Part 1, 'Approach' (Zeiss Batis)

Shot mainly with these the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2. The two Batii are a different set than the two used in June in the Mt Conness area on the Sony A7R.

These images are a hiking documentary series of the upper Dana Glacier Canyon and Dana Glacier, in the Ansel Adams Wilderness abutting Yosemite National Park. It is a strenuous hike to get to the glacier over multiple extended boulder fields involving class 4 climbing and a brief section of class 5.0a and an 'interesting' down-climb of the latter.

Thus the A7R II and two Zeiss Batis lenses were employed in an ideal real-world scenario that dovetails with the strongest core features of the A7R II: relatively small and lightweight lenses, full frame sensor, image stabilization, the convenience of an EVF. The Batis lenses are small and light enough for one of them to be carried in a front zippered pocket on an Ibex Hoody. Very convenient! Use of a Nikon D810 with the Zeiss Otus lenses would have been lovely, but carrying and focusing would have been difficult, and would have required carrying a daypack and lightweight tripod—not so fun on a 5.0a, particularly descending. The right tool for the job.

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f8 @ 1/40 sec, ISO 100; 2015-08-13 13:22:02
Sony A7R II + Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar

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