Sony FE 85mm F1.8 v.s. Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8

Our friend and colleague Chris Niccolls from the Camera Store recently posted a sort of head to head between two very interesting 85mm f/1.8 lenses from Sony and Zeiss for e-mount cameras.

Niccolls worked with both the A7RII and the A6500 which have in-body image stabilization but he did claim that the Zeiss Batis image stabilizer was still an advantage (we would still like to see a more rigorous test to prove how effective the lens stabilizer is over the one in the Sony recent cameras).

Other than the stabilizer the only main difference might be the build quality – the Zeiss is better made but in terms of image quality – you will be hard pressed to see a big difference between the two (the Zeiss might be a bit warmer but you can play with all of this in post as well).

At the end of the day you have the pricing and the Sony is about half the cost of the Zeiss (at $600 compared to $1200) so you will need to think hard if the relatively small differences are worth the extra $ for you.

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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