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Digital Photography Equipment => Lens Talk => Topic started by: Douglas on April 03, 2017, 02:29:23 PM

Title: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: Douglas on April 03, 2017, 02:29:23 PM
I thought the sharpness of the Batis 85 was considered to be excellent but I saw a comment somewhere (I'm sorry I can't remember where now) about a new Sony lens being "sharper than the Batis 85". Is the Batis not quite as sharp as some others of it's ilk? I've been planning to get one.
Title: Re: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: AScot on April 03, 2017, 10:21:29 PM
Could it be the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM? Here is a comparison of both. (http://bestmirrorlessblogs.com/comparisons/sony-fe-85mm-f1-4-vs-zeiss-batis-85mm-f1-8/)

It appears that the Batis is a very good and sharp lens, but so also is the Sony. With all other factors taken into account, the Sony may have the edge. The Sony is more expensive, almost double the weight but is f1.4 vs f1.8. So in the end it is really up to the individual user.
Title: Re: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: Douglas on April 04, 2017, 01:30:33 PM
Thank you. Yes weight is an issue. I am very pleased with the light weight and compactness of the a6000 and don't really want an enormous and heavy lens to go with it.
Title: Re: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: Chris82 on April 07, 2017, 01:13:12 PM
There is also the new Sony FE 85mm ƒ1.8 lens which compares very favourably to the batis. Some reviews have them almost identical in look (in terms of images and bokeh) although it has a significant cost saving.
There are many comparison reviews between the 2. The 85mm ƒ1.4 GM is in a different league altogether.
Title: Re: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: CHOLLY on April 26, 2017, 02:19:44 PM
Douglas, Chris is spot on with his comments about the FE 85mm 1.8; there are LOTS of favorable reviews on YouTube comparing it to both the Batis AND the G Master.

Here are a couple:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGjykmqkKgo

^^^A very comprehensive review from the guys at TCSTV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPNEsZMfz2o

^^^Real world, practical review of the FE 85mm 1.8
Title: Re: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: CHOLLY on April 26, 2017, 02:21:21 PM
This is another review of both the FE 85mm f/1.8 AND the FE 100mm STF G Master:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyqV2cQCAFI

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: CHOLLY on April 26, 2017, 05:49:13 PM
One more...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-vQRtGRN2g

That should help you decide Douglas.

GOOD LUCK!
Title: Re: Batis 85 Sharpness?
Post by: REX (aka TG) on May 01, 2017, 10:14:42 PM
Sony FE 85mm f1.8 is very good lens. I was in the same dilemma between FE 85 mm and the STF 100mm and finally I bought the 100mm STF. Is first time I use STF lens. I was looking always at  A mount 135mm STF and the Zeis 135mm f1.8. Since Sony didn't bring us any thing new in A mount I decided to go for the FE 100mm STF.

An exceptional lens not so easy to work and bring out the  best  of this lens but you have to practice to understand how it works.

My final conclusion is you must shoot wider and choose the composition and crop later in post processing to bring out the best of frond and rear boke.

With FE 85mm f1.8 you may not need any cropping but at the end is not the same results.

For price wise I would go for FE 85 f1.8 but for results I would go for the STF