Zeiss Batis Lenses Add Value to Sony A7 Series

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The problem with reviewing Carl Zeiss lenses is that in the end there’s often little to say.

Yes, I could repeat the press release or the articles published at the time of the announcement, which would tell you that Zeiss introduced a new line of autofocus lenses for the Sony full-frame E-mount, called Batis.

And that the first two lenses in this series are a 25mm f/2 and an 85mm f/1.8. That the 85mm is stabilized. That they’re both weather sealed. That the 85mm sets you back $1,200, while the 25mm goes for $1,300.

I could share with you the layout and the optical elements, dimensions and other things that one can put into a lens review to flesh it out and increase the chances that the search engines will find the fruits of the writer’s efforts.

But I’m not going to do that. I’m just going to tell you that these are some fine lenses and that they would be a worthwhile addition to your Sony kit if you can spare the money, are interested in these focal lengths and have the patience to wait for them, as they are in extremely short supply.

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More Ambivalence – Sony A7R II Review

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The Sony A7R II that I rented for the past 10 days, brand new in the box from the rental company, needs to be shipped back today. Ten days, in between dropping off our son at college, isn’t enough to really test a camera this complex. But it’s enough to judge the key elements and to get a feel for it.

And to be ambivalent about it as I pack it up to return it. Ambivalence seems to be my thing with Sony cameras, I have learned.

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