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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis first impressions product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

When Zeiss announced their Batis lens lineup, one of the lenses that came out was the 85mm f1.8 Batis. As one of Zeiss’s offerings to boast autofocusing abilities, these lenses were designed for Sony FE mount–otherwise known as full frame E mount cameras like the Sony A7r Mk II. Given a weather resistant design, these lenses are building on a new generation of Zeiss lenses that in some ways moves away from the DSLR and puts more emphasis on what’s possible with the mirrorless camera world.

Weighing only 475 grams and boasting a very big rubber focusing ring on top of a brand new LCD display on top of the lens, there is very little to complain about with the 85mm f1.8 Batis.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM Lens

DXOMark hasn’t been kind to Canon; and their latest tests are even more brutal. According to the site’s findings, there are many lenses that score higher numbers and are overall much sharper. One of DXOMark’s favorite lenses is the 100mm f2–and when you look at the sharpness you can see that the 40mm f2.8 STM is scoring higher digits. Sure, these lenses can’t totally be compared in terms of what they’re capable of, but what ever happened to the idea that L glass is superior to all others? Photographers still buy into that idea even though we know it’s not necessarily true.

Even more embarrassing: the company’s 50mm f1.8 II rates in higher than the Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM.

Despite it being a completely new lens, it rates nowhere near many other new offerings. Sony, Zeiss, Sigma and Nikon seem to dominate the top 10 on the list. To Canon’s credit, nothing that is remotely close and a full frame lens is available for comparison on the site. The closest competitor would be the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, which we just got in for review.

Also, do keep in mind that these numbers are qualitative and don’t at all affect someone’s creativity.

 

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Today, DXOMark has released their findings and tests with the new Sony 90mm Macro f2.8 G OSS lens for Sony FE mount cameras. Of all the ratings on the site, this lens is one of the company’s sharpest and is only behind the Sony 55mm f1.8. Tested on the Sony A7r, this rating places it even ahead of the Sigma 35mm f1.4. In fact, the top 10 list is dominated by Sony and Zeiss with a bit of Sigma and Nikon slipping in there.

So what does this mean? Creatively speaking, nothing really because of just how great modern software is these days and that creativity doesn’t really rely on gear.

However, it should do more than enough to hush the complaints of those that say that Sony’s FE system doesn’t have a lot of lenses for their system. Both Sony and Zeiss have made lots of offerings for the still growing system. We’ve got lots of primes, lots of zooms, and many essential focal lengths.

Sony 35mm f1.4 photos

Sony has been working on responding to the criticism that they don’t have enough lenses for their full frame E mount system in a similar way that Fujifilm did when coming out later on the scene: by cranking them out. But the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 doesn’t feel rushed at all. In fact, it feels very timeless and beautiful. This lens has a very unique design with its aperture ring–it’s the first Sony lens to have one and is designed for videographers who want easier control over their lenses. Rather than fully building a cinema lens, Sony solved the problem by giving it autofocus abilities that also work well for still shooting.

With a metal exterior, weather resistance, and solid focusing abilities for its size and weight, there is very little for us to not like about this lens.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 58mm f2 Biotar images (3 of 4)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 8.0

Vintage lenses weren’t designed for digital photography; but their effects is one that isn’t often mimicked anymore in digital and that can be very beautiful. These lenses aren’t the sharpest, they don’t have micro contrast, they don’t have the saturated colors that modern lenses have, and they don’t resolve as much detail–but they’ll give you an incredible look that you could be in love with right out of the camera. Indeed, some of these lenses are popular and some aren’t. But in our tests and trials, these are a few that really stand out.

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zeiss touit 32mm no hood

In today’s Edition of Cheap Photo, we’ve found new rebates available on the Zeiss Touit lenses along with much more like Olympus OMD EM5 discounts. Check them out after the jump.

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