Zeiss 85mm F1.8 Batis E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 7   
reviewer#42990 date: Jan-21-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony A-mount 85/2.8 (flimsy built quality, sharp, cheap), Sony E-mount 85/1.8 (sharp but less sharp, bad flare resistance, cheaper)
price paid:€ 1150, VAT included
positive:Great flare resistance
Extraordinary sharpness
OLED display
No more adapter needed
Quiet
negative:Blue Zeiss logo attracts the wrong people. Black gaffer tape did the job.
comment:The OLED display is a true miracle. It makes it possible for me to shoot a background as if a virtual subject is placed at a certain distance. The bokeh of the background will be accordingly. The main subject will be shot in front of a green screen. Later in PS, the background and main subject are composited together. It looks all natural. No fake blur in PS needed.
reviewer#42983 date: Jan-13-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:ZA Planar 85mm f1.4
price paid:approx 1200 Euro
positive:Sharpness, color, Zeiss pop, handling, look.
negative:Nothing.
comment:I've since sold my Planar 85mm for the A-mount, and although that was a great lens too, this one tops it.
reviewer#26532 date: Mar-26-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105 'D'
Minolta 100-300 APO 'D'
APS-C Sony SEL 50mm F1.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness throughout aperture range
Zeiss colours and contrast
Build Quality
Weather sealed.
IS
negative:Tendency to hunt a little in low light situations.
comment:My first native lens for the Sony full frame E mount and I was not disappointed after nearly 12 months of indecision over which native lenses to buy. The purchase of this lens led me to buy the 25mm Batis 2 months later. This 85mm lens is unbelievably sharp and is a versatile focal length. The lens is no heavier than my older Minolta A mount lenses with the LEA4 adapter. I really love my 100-300 APO which I have used for portraiture,and like this lens is a definite keeper, but obviously the 85mm Zeiss Batis has the benefit of being faster and more closely matched to modern sensors. The build quality of these Batis lenses is excellent and I also find the LED DOF display useful when manual focusing, but if you don't wish to use this functionality, it just blends nicely into the lens body.The autofocus speed on this lens is very good,although some low light situations can cause a marginal amount of hunting (this not being the case for the 25mm). Despite being heavier than the 25mm, this lens is still well balanced on the A7II. The lens has a nice tight weathersealed fit which instils confidence. Minimum focus distance of 80cm is acceptable for this focal length. Since this lens release, Sony have introduced their G Master 85mm f1.4 lens which is reportedly even better than the Batis for bokeh quality. However that lens is much more expensive,heavier and has no IS. For me, the Batis is a better fit for my needs and I would definitely recommend it for your lens collection.
reviewer#24482 date: Feb-3-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:ZA 85/1.4 Planar
The Planar was my favorite lens on my former A99. For my personal taste the bokeh and microcontrast of it is on pixel-peep-level slightly ahead.
price paid:1.149 € new
positive:Built quality, haptic, colors, contrast, outstanding center performance, very good borders wide open, beautiful bokeh
negative:??

:-)
comment:I am happy to have found a more than worthy replacement of my aged Planar 85 (however I would have kept it, if it would not have the old/slow screwdriven AF).
With the Batis 25/2 I was a lucky guy, when I grabbed one already months ago. Already so happy with that Batis I could await anymore the delivery of the Batis 85.
Under "Positive" I already mentioned everything in short.
Trust me, watching results using this lens you quickly become Batis-addicted. Honestly, considering every aspect, the Batis is the best lens I have ever used.
reviewer#18372 date: Oct-10-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:EF 85f1.2; Minolta AF 85 f2.8 ; Minolta S.T.F. 135 f2.8 ;
price paid:USD 1,150
positive:Very sharp
negative:none
comment:Great lens, just at f5.6 can generate long star spikes in night scenery; able to achieve what Zeiss old MF lenses level which those Sony " Zeiss" lenses (Zeiss such as 24-70 f2.8 ZA) lack of.
reviewer#18360 date: Sep-26-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Several other lenses...Nikkor 85 1.8 G and Samyang 85 1.4
price paid:1.376,99 NEW
positive:Sharp....and i mean REALLY sharp...from 1.8...amazing...sharpest F1.8 ever seen !
Outstanding creamy bokeh....
Nice oled display
I love the shape of this lens
negative:None till so far
comment:A truly must have for E mount owners.....
reviewer#16332 date: Aug-7-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL85F14ZA
SAL135F18ZA
Many others
price paid:abt. 1300 EUR
positive:Absolute top image quality, well sized.
negative:Plastic round shade... effective but ugly.
comment:As today, the better of all portrait lenses I've owned. At least on par with Sony 135 F1.8, way better than 85mm.
I'm testing during these days on A7RII. Stunning.
reviews found: 7   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 5.00

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