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ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 and Batis 2/25 - Rolling Review


Complementary to my "first look" comparison here you will find an in-depth review of the new ZEISS Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 with many more photos, most of them available in full resolution when you click on images.

ZEISS Batis 2/25

Some technical information where already given in my former article. Now let us start with some "unboxing":



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ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 and Batis 2/25 Comparison with Otus et al.


In April 2015 ZEISS announced "Batis" - a new family of fullframe auto focus prime lenses for cameras with E-mount exclusively developed by ZEISS starting with the 2/25 and 1.8/85. Since then there was a lot of discussion but only few images visible on the internet so far. In June I had a first chance to take a series of pictures with a pre production set provided by ZEISS Germany. In order to classify the results you will see several comparison shots taken with some other high-class lenses.

ZEISS Batis 1.8/85

The Batis Sonnar 1.8/85 T* is designed with 11 elements in 8 groups and contains an autofocus as well as optical image stabilization. It has a length of 92mm (without lens cap / sun hood), weighs 475g and the filter thread is M67. More technical data including MTF charts can be found here.

Compared to the 1.2 kg ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 it looks quite compact:


Although there was not much time available for an in-depth shootout, we had the chance for some aperture series with the

  • ZEISS Batis 1.8/85
  • ZEISS Otus 1.4/85
  • Leica APO Summicron 75mm f/2.0 ASPH
  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G (2012 model)

Click on the image below to see the full resolution aperture series (each titled with lens and aperture setting):

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Venice Carnival 2015 in 4K UHD - Enjoy!

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You can find the original UHD file (5GB) for download at https://vimeo.com/124041563 (Vimeo account required).

Some technical information:
This video shows the potential of recording in UHD 4K with Atomos Shogun and Sony A7S but it shows also the lack of stabilization when you use the camera with the Zeiss FE 1.8/55. Most of the footage could only be recorded handheld and neither the Sony A7S nor the Zeiss FE 1.8/55 used for the portrait shots is stabilized so there was quite a lot of shake that had to be reduced by digital stabilization in post processing. Depending on shake, the resulting resolution varys somewhere between 2.5K and 4K. So here you should focus more on mask art and scenery than on technical perfection. Scenes that were taken from a tripod provide almost full resolution. Picture profile used on the camera was cine gamma 4 with cinema gamut.
Equipment: Sony A7S, Atomos Shogun, Zeiss FE Sonnar 1.8/55, Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 OSS and a Tiffen variable ND.

This a slideshow with still frames taken from the video. If you click on it, you can navigate to the full resolution images:

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Feuerfeen - Fire Artistry @ Circus Abrax Kadabrax

Fire artistry performed by Feuerfeen at circus Abrax Kadabrax. Enjoy!

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The video was recorded using Sony A7S with Zeiss FE 16-35/4 and FE 1.8/55, Atomos Shogun and a multi copter. See the making of / behind the scenes video at https://vimeo.com/120527308#t=1m55s

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Atomos Shogun Rolling Review! (UPDATE 8)


Finally - the Atomos Shogun Monitor-Recorder for 4K and HD video production is shipping! The Atomos CEO kept his word that the first batch of devices will ship before X-mas - almost finished...

Almost?

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Adorable wide angles - Zeiss FE 16-35 vs. Leica WATE and some other 21mm lenses


About 13 months after SONY's launch of the A7 series and after uncountable discussions about disappointing corner performance of many 3rd-party rangefinder lenses especially on A7R, the new Zeiss Vario Tessar FE 4/16-35 starts changing the game. Right after launch of the A7, 3D-Kraft was the first site substantiating the excellent performance when attached to the Leica WATE in the article "Ultra Wide Angle M-mount Lenses THAT WORK on Sony A7R". Consequently it is time for another analysis, how the new Zeiss compares to the WATE and while we're at it, I added three more 21mm lenses to that comparison.

The candidates this time were - from left to right (due to a shortage of Sony A7s, the Leica M body had to act as a fifth lens holder ;-)):

  • Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 21mm f/3.5
  • Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 ASPH
  • Sony Zeiss Vario Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS
  • Leica Wide Angle Tri Elmar (WATE) 16-21mm f/4 ASPH
  • Leica Super Elmar 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

The Olympus Zuiko 21/3.5 was launched together with the debut of the legendary OM-1. It is a full frame SLR lens with a body length of only 31mm and a weight of 180g. Even with an E-mount adapter, it is still quite a compact solution. The other candidates (except the Zeiss FE 16-35) are M-mount rangefinder lenses, that you find discussed in other articles on this site already.

The comparison was shot with a Sony A7R on a cloudy November day, so contrasts were not too high but for a comparison like this, it allows to seperate good lenses from average lenses even better. All shots were taken from a stable tripod, the shutter was triggered by an infrared remote control. The focus was set manually using the 14.4x magnification in EVF (also the Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35 was focused manually). You can see the "making of" here:


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3-Dimensional Light Setup Example by Dedo Weigert


Dedo Weigert, a passionate cinematographer and inventor of the Dedolight system demonstrated some examples of easy installable light setups in a light workshop in Hamburg.

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SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 - Ready for 6K!

After the triumphal procession of new full frame mirrorless system cameras, Photokina 2014 was dedicated to the strong demand for lenses catching up with requirements of today's digital sensors. Beside Sony, Zeiss and some others, also the SLR Magic manufactory located in Hong Kong showed up with their latest cine lens, the Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 (see the press release here).

Already the short video review opening this article gives you an impression about the potential of this lens. It is purely manual, solid like a tank, equipped with a PL-mount and armed for rough work in ambitous as well as professional video business. The focus ring with a rotation angle of 300° and a scale calibrated in feet as well as a clickless aperture calibrated in T-stops give you precise control. The geometrical aperture is about f/1.8, so it suggests itself to be compared to the stellar Zeiss FE 1.8/55 (the "Otus light" reviewed here).

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