85mm Otus vs Batis - Zeiss showdown

Featured Monday, 13 July 2015 07:44

Two premium 85mm lenses from Zeiss, head to head on the Sony A7II body.

See my video review of the Otus HERE: http://www.mattgranger.com/otus85mm 

See my video review of the Batis HERE: http://bit.ly/Batis85mm 

See my video explaining F stops vs T stops HERE: http://bit.ly/FstopTstop

100% crop images First is BATIS


Next is the Otus

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Download full resolution files by clicking on the image. First is the BATIS


Next is the OTUS


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  • Comment Link Art Monday, 13 July 2015 16:58 posted by Art

    Thanks for the detailed review Matt! Can you recall how Batis 85mm f/1.8 compares to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G? The Nikon also gets sterling reviews and I already own it for my D750.

    Like a lot of people I've got a Sony mirrorless system for travel and convenience - and longer term who knows whether it could replace my Nikon gear. (not yet!). So I've got the Batis 85mm f/1.8 on order just to secure my place in line :-) Not seeking to waste time or money though.

  • Comment Link Sherif Ali Tuesday, 14 July 2015 05:36 posted by Sherif Ali

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks a lot for your great review. Can you pls tell me if you were able to get focus peaking using the adopter & the Otus.


  • Comment Link Valentino Tuesday, 14 July 2015 17:08 posted by Valentino

    Great comparison, Matt! Could you please post the portrait shots for the other apertures as well? Thank you.

  • Comment Link Steve Solomon Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:05 posted by Steve Solomon

    Excellent comparison as always, Matt! I am strongly considering moving from Nikon to Sony, especially the a7RII, as I shoot landscape, and small product images. In fact, I was considering the Zeiss Batis 85, UNTIL Sony came out with the Sony 90mm f/2.8G Macro! Since I would love to see how this Macro does with the a7RII, I would be hesitant to jump into the Zeiss Batis 85, as I've read that the Sony 90 G Macro is pretty darn sharp, even at non-macro distances. A side by side comparison would be quite interesting! Thanks again, and I hope you are recovering nicely, sir!

  • Comment Link Keith Spillett Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:50 posted by Keith Spillett

    After alternating between Nikon and Canon during a 40 year plus career, I took the plunge into Sony SLT four years ago, and then into mirrorless when the A7 series came out. Much as I'd LOVE to be able to justify buying the 85mm nirvana that is the Otus, I've had to realise that, for me, it's just too late. The Bahtis on the other hand, is definitely possible, and is VERY welcome. Thanks for another excellent video. I'd have loved to have met you when you come to London, but I'll be in Norway at the time..... Maybe next time!

  • Comment Link Daniel J Bellyk Tuesday, 08 September 2015 17:22 posted by Daniel J Bellyk

    Hi Matt if you get a chance it would be great to have a comparison between the new Sony 90mm macro and the Zeiss Batis 85.


  • Comment Link Morten Hansen Sunday, 27 September 2015 19:59 posted by Morten Hansen

    Hi Matt,

    Are all Otus the images not a bit over exposed compared with the Batis images? Perhaps you used the same shutter speed and ISO for both lenses, but the Otus letting more light through? To me it seem there is less (micro) contrast on the Otus images than the Batis, and the highlights having too little detail on the Otus compared on the Batis. The result is, that the the Otus images seems a bit flat to me, and the Batis having more 3D pop. From the images, I would prefer the Batis for this reason, although the Otus has a smoother bokeh and perhaps more sharp. However, having tried the Otus on a A7R II, I found the Otus outstanding also with micro contrast - so I speculate that the Otus is actually better than your images show. Or how do you see it?


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