Optical Limits Verifies That The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Has Made The Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Irrelevant

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Sony outdid themselves with the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 and Optical Limits (Formerly Photozone) is now the second site to confirm this fact. Sony’s standard 85mm f/1.8 is practically perfect and it cannot be beaten for the price. The lens is pin sharp wide open and has almost no distortion. Even the G Master barely beats the significantly cheaper Sony FE 85mm f/1.8, which makes it hard to recommend the G Master unless you need the f/1.4 aperture.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8: B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8: B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM: B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama

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  • CGL

    “Irrelevant” is a silly statement! I have owned both lenses (Zeiss Batis 85mm and Sony 85mm f1.8), and do agree that the Sony is fantastic and well worth the price. I would also state that most photographers will not see the difference without extensive testing. But there is a difference, and that subtle difference for working photographers is well worth the higher price tag. To say a lens is irrelevant is like saying another SUV on the market is irrelevant. Each lens has different character, and there is MUCH more to a lens than it’s chart test scores…much more! I ended up sending the Sony back and keeping the much more expensive Batis.

  • C. Ryan

    If anyone has an “Irrelevant” Zeiss Batis 85mm lens they would like to unload cheaply please let me know.