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A Quick Comparison Review – Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 vs Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Last time, we took the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 out to the Newport Beach boardwalk and did a on-location photo shoot with two of our lovely models. To get some perspective on just how good the Batis 85mm really was, we compared it to one of the best AF lenses on market today, the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar (aka the mini-Otus). We drove up to Lake Hollywood Park, busted out our tripod, and did some comparison shots using the famous Hollywood sign as the backdrop.

In a real-world but less-the-scientific comparison between the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and the venerable Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar, we found very little difference in terms of sharpness throughout the aperture range.

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With the Zeiss 55mm being one of the sharpest and highly rated AF lenses, this is saying a lot for the new Zeiss Batis 85mm. In fact, pretty much most real world reviews on the Batis has found it to be very sharp right from thef/1.8. I’m sure once Photozone.de gets around to reviewing more Sony lenses, they will verify our current findings. In the meantime, here are some of our quick & dirty impressions.

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2-Step Instructions for Setting the OLED Display on Zeiss Batis Lenses

Setting the OLED  display on the latest Zeiss Batis lenses is literally one of the easiest but most unintuitive camera operation you’ll likely come across. The lens is a testament to clean minimalistic design, but without any buttons to press, how do you change the display settings?

Here is a quick and dirty 2-step instructions on adjusting the OLED display.

  1. Set to Manual Focus mode.
  2. Keep twisting left (clockwise).

That’s it. If you need more detailed instructions. Keep reading below.

Step 1: Set the Camera to Manual Focus Mode

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  • Hit the (Fn) button on the back of your A7 series camera.
  • Toggle to “Focus Mode”

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First Impressions of the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/2 Lenses

We first broke news about Zeiss’s new range of Batis lenses in April 2015. We were very excited, not only because they were the world’s first lenses fitted with OLED distance and depth-of-field indicators, but especially because they were available in the 85mm and 25mm focal range.

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Fresh on our doorsteps. The new Zeiss Batis autofocus primes with the world’s first OLED distance and depth-of-field scale.

Zeiss USA has been very good to us. It all started when we first tested their brilliant Loxia 35mm f/2 in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Since we are not paid by Zeiss to advertise their gear, we maintain our objectivity and have the creative freedom to structure our tests however we like. It has worked very well as they are some of our most traffic articles.  We’ve developed a beautiful partnership.

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This past Monday, we received an email from the Marketing Manager of Zeiss Americas offering us their first batch of North American Batis lenses to test and review. We were ready to go and here are our first impressions.

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