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Is This Legendary Portrait Lens Worth the Price?

Zeiss lenses hold a bit of a legendary status when it comes to portraiture, with the Batis 85mm f/1.8 being particularly well known. Still, it is on the expensive side for an 85mm f/1.8 lens. Does it justify its premium price tag? This great video review takes a look at the lens and what you can expect from it in real-world usage. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this excellent video review takes a look at the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens. The Batis 85mm f/1.8 comes with a variety of features, including:

  • Sonnar optical concept for increased sharpness and contrast and reduced flares
  • Three anomalous partial dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity
  • T* anti-reflective coating for reduced reflections and increased contrast
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Floating elements system for consistent image quality across entire focusing range
  • OLED display with focus distance and depth of field display
  • Linear motor for fast and quiet autofocus 
  • Dust- and weather-sealing

The Batis 85mm f/1.8 is definitely on the more expensive side of things compared to most such lenses, but for those looking for that contrasty, sharp look Zeiss lenses offer, it looks like an intriguing option. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on the lens. 

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Greg Wilson's picture

Not with horrible sonycolors....

Sam Sims's picture

Nothing wrong with Sony colours. Version 3 cameras have massively improved colours. Easy to dial in precise tones too with the custom white balance adjustment.

sam dasso's picture

Excellent lens. I have been using it for almost 6 years. Don't you think that review is kind of late?

Crazy Ji's picture

That lens is a bargain at $1200. Leica and Hasselblad would push 4K+ for anything close.

Adil Alsuhaim's picture

Zeiss also has the 4K+ Zeiss Otus.

Adil Alsuhaim's picture

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art is faster, and sharper, for the same price!