ZEISS Batis 40 f2 CF lens – a quick test

In Review, Sony A7 series, technical, Zeiss by lisa@lisabeaney.co.uk2 Comments

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new ZEISS Batis 40mm lens for a short while and take it for a walk along Brighton seafront. The first thing you notice about the lens is the size and weight. It is a very similar size to the Batis 85mm and the weight is just about right to give it a very balanced feel with the Sony A7R3. On the side of the lens is a focus limiter so you can limit the range that the lens will try when you are focusing. One thing I did notice was the speed and accuracy of the focus even in quite dark surroundings.

The minimum focus distance is 24cm so whilst this is not a true macro lens it does allow a very close focus and when you match this with an aperture of f2 you can get a VERY shallow depth of field. ZEISS are advertising this as a very versatile lens that is suited for a wide range of applications. I haven’t had enough time with it yet to give it a full workout (I’m hoping to get hold of one again soon 🙂 ) but I’m excited about this lens, the focus length should be great in the studio for families and at the same time work well for street photography and some landscapes. I also haven’t tried filming with it yet but it does fit the gap in the Batis range VERY nicely indeed !

From the testing I’ve done this lens is very sharp (not a scientific measurement, just from using it and looking at the images !)

The first image below shows the full scene, the second is a crop in to the eye of the carousel horse. This was shot at ISO100 1/1000 sec f2

Anyway, when I have had more time to use the lens I’ll be able to write a full review but for now these are a few images from my short walk with it 🙂


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  2. Obviously a quickie review, but those of us that are waiting for this lens thank you. On a personal note, I’ve always wanted to visit the Brighton waterfront. It looks like off-season in late September might still be OK for weather, but with less crowds. I’m hoping to visit England again sometime in the next year or so. In the meantime, please post more pictures, if you have them. Thank you.

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