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A couple more shots from the beach. I almost buy into the 3D look. Out of camera jpegs.
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Finally got my Batis 85mm in but I haven't had chance to really put it through its paces. Did take a few quick snaps with my daughter at the park yesterday. Hoping once my current projects are wrapped up in a week or two I can schedule some portrait sessions. First impressions:

Pros:
  • very, very detailed
  • very well constructed and focus-by-wire is actually pretty usable for stills
  • bokeh is very nice
  • fringing seems better controlled then even on my old Sonnar T* 90mm
Cons:
  • almost too large. So glad I didn't get the G master!
  • AF performance seems to drop off faster than my other FE lenses in low(er) light.

Quick snap with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 by joel richards, on Flickr
 

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I can second the AF performance observation storyteller, my 35 1.4 is night and day better in almost any type of light on A7.

Finally got my Batis 85mm in but I haven't had chance to really put it through its paces. Did take a few quick snaps with my daughter at the park yesterday. Hoping once my current projects are wrapped up in a week or two I can schedule some portrait sessions. First impressions:

Pros:
  • very, very detailed
  • very well constructed and focus-by-wire is actually pretty usable for stills
  • bokeh is very nice
  • fringing seems better controlled then even on my old Sonnar T* 90mm
Cons:
  • almost too large. So glad I didn't get the G master!
  • AF performance seems to drop off faster than my other FE lenses in low(er) light.
 

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The Batis performs night and day better on the A7rii than A7ii. With the latest 3.1 firmware the A7ii performs fairly well in low light.
I've also noticed that the 35 1.4 performs fantastic in lower light and hunts less. The A7s actually performs worse with the Batis compared to the A7ii in similar low light situations.
 
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first outing at the zoo with the Batis 85 on my A7R2

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I'm not sure if I'd ditch my trusty, compact Contax G 90 for the Batis but I might give it a try some day. Lovely set, John.


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I'm not sure if I'd ditch my trusty, compact Contax G 90 for the Batis but I might give it a try some day. Lovely set, John.
I had a couple of G lenses with my Pany & just couldn't find an
adapter that would focus smoothly....... ;-( This is one of only
two auto-focus lenses that I now own. It worked well with the
kids on the zip line.
 

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I had a couple of G lenses with my Pany & just couldn't find an
adapter that would focus smoothly....... ;-( This is one of only
two auto-focus lenses that I now own. It worked well with the
kids on the zip line.
I'm not much of an AF afficionado either and use my G lenses on a manual Metabones adapter (fat black ring version). After a couple thousand shots the focusing is a lot smoother than in the first week. Anyway, I mainly shoot stuff that moves and and at the end of the day I get higher keeper rates from that combo than from using single AF on my mirrorless systems (moving focus points all over the place and all that jazz) - couldn't be much happier.
 

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Nicely done

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Great work! #1-#3 are excellent IMHO :thumbsup:
 
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first time that I used the Batis in dim conditions. Auto ISO &
very quick focus....... A7RII
 
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Three shots from the back yard this evening.........

I have been neglecting the pond this spring due to my lingering cold & ear
issues. I should have been putting three fertilizer tabs in each pot but have
been too lazy. Well, one of the plants bloomed anyway & here is the proof.

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