Zeiss Batis 85mm Lens Review

Sony A7ii w/ Zeiss Batis 85mm 13 sec f/11 ISO 100

Compression comes at the cost of having a more narrow field of vision, but the reward is paramount when referring to the Zeiss Batis 85mm lens. The moderate telephoto lens first hit the market in 2015 and is still a highly regarded because of the exceptional photo quality.


 With a compact and sturdy construct, it almost feels like you’re holding a really smooth grenade in shape without the lens hood on. It weighs in a just under a pound (15.9 oz) and looks very professional on the camera with a sleek overall design.


I was amazed at the level of sharpness in the pictures and it is my favorite thing to obsess about when it comes to photography. There is nothing betting in my opinion then getting a great subject focused so crisply that it becomes the first and only thing that draws the eye in. This lens does it perfectly and I can see why others say the photos have a 3D quality to them.

Sony A7ii w/ Zeiss Batis 85mm 1/640 sec f/2.2 ISO 640


On top of being razor-blade sharp, the bokeh rendering is silky smooth and very round. Some of the edges are a little jagged and the bokeh could be a little less transparent in certain areas, but this is only if you are nitpicking. You will be very happy with the depth it creates.

Sony A7ii w/ Zeiss Batis 85mm 5 sec f/11 ISO 50

True Color

The vivid colors and rich contrast stand out right away as being exceptional with very little color correcting needed when editing. If anything, I found myself turning down the saturation slider a touch while slightly boosting the vibrance to achieve the look I wanted in most photos. That ‘Zeiss Pop’ is certainly in full effect with this bad boy.

Sony A7ii w/ Zeiss Batis 85mm 1/2000 sec f/4 ISO 100

Overall Performance

This lens made its way onto my camera more often than any other since owning it and for good reason - it is phenomenal and so much fun to use! You really just need to use it for yourself to fully grasp how great it is, but every portrait photographer needs this lens and landscape folks like myself can get very creative with compression and depth. 

Sony A7ii w/ Zeiss Batis 85mm 10 sec f/14 ISO 160

You can buy the Zeiss Batis 85mm lens by using this link… https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1140833-REG/zeiss_2103_751_85mm_f_1_8_batis_short.htmlBI/20832/KBID/16655

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