Rolling-Review: Zeiss Batis 18mm 2.8

Introduction

Sony A7s with Zeiss 18mm 2.8 E Batis
Sony A7s with Zeiss 18mm 2.8 E Batis

The Zeiss Batis 18mm 2.8 is the latest addition to Zeiss’ line up of modern autofocus lenses and also the widest AF prime lens to date for Sony E-Mount. As many people (include me here) are now engaged in landscape astrophotography I am especially interested how the new Batis fares in this regard.
This is a rolling review which will be continually updated until we think everything important is covered.
Last Update:
Vignetting added, two new samples images added  (05/04/16)

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Batis 18mm 2.8 | f/11 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Batis 18mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Batis 18mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | full resolution

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Rolling Review: Sony FE 1.8/50

The new Sony FE 1.8/50 is the second more affordable lens after the FE 2/28 which I liked a lot. In this rolling review I will share my experience as I get to know the lens.

Sample Images

Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/11 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/11 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution
Sony FE 1.8/50
Sony FE 1.8/50 | f/1.8 | Sony a7 | full resolution

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Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 AEG (C/Y)

DSC01741The “Hollywood-Distagon” 2/28 is one of the few lenses with a nickname. It is an adapted cinematic lens design for the Contax SLR cameras, but does it’s performance live up to the cool nickname?

Sample Images

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Sony a7II | Distagon 2/28 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony a7II | Distagon 2/28 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony a7II | Distagon 2/28 | f/8 | full resolution

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Rolling-Review: Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 E Super Wide Heliar

Introduction

Sony A7s with Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 Super Wide Heliar E Aspherical
Sony A7s with Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 Super Wide Heliar E Aspherical

The Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 Super Wide Heliar E aspherical III is the first native E-Mount lens by Voigtlander. As there are three adapted Voigtlander lenses in my basic A7s-kit  – see my reviews – I simply had to try this one out!
This is a rolling review which will be continually updated until we think everything important is covered.
Last Update:
Additional sample image added  (05/01/16)

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 SWH E | f/11 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 SWH E | f/13 | panorama from 4 shots
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Sony A7s | Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 SWH E | f/4.5 | full resolution

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Review: Pentax K SMC 28mm 1:3.5

Pentax SMC 3.5/28 K front

The Pentax is a rather small and affordable 28mm lens and  Pentax had a reputation for their very effective coatings. Read on if you want to know why I like it so much on my 24MP fullframe Sony a7.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 63mm
  • Length: 47mm
  • Weight: 261g
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 5
  • Close Focusing Distance: 0.3m
  • Mount: Pentax K

The Pentax K SMC 1:3.5/28 usually sells for around $45-90 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 40-85€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/3.5 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/3.5 | full resolution

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Review: Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5

Introduction

Sony A7s with Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)
Sony A7s with Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)

The Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 is actually a copy of the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm 1.5 and was produced in the UDSSR after WWII. The Jupiter lenses belong to the very few “lowcost” rangefinder lenses, but what do they have in store in terms of optical quality? Read on to find out.

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 | f/1.5 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 | f/1.5 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 | f/2.0 | full resolution

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Review: Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5

Introduction

Sony A7s with Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)
Sony A7s with Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)

The Nokton 50mm 1.5 Asph by Voigtlander is a small and fast 50mm rangefinder lens and has become my favourite “allround” standard lens on the Sony A7s. Read on to find out, what there is to like about this lens!

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 | f/11 | Copyright Tour Eiffel – illuminations Pierre Bideau | higher resolution
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Sony A7s | Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 | f/1.5 | full resolution
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Sony A7 | Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 | f/8.0 | full resolution

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Review: Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0

Introduction

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0
Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0

The Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 Biogon is one of Zeiss’ manual focus lenses specifially designed for E-mount cameras. The modern design, the aperture “de-click” feature and the transfer of Exif-data sets it apart from adapted lenses. Read on to learn how it fares optically.

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 | f/11 | panorama from 5 shots | higher resolution
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Sony A7s | Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 | f/2 | full resolution

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Quick-Review: Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8

Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8

Specifications

  • Diameter: 66mm
  • Length: 68mm
  • Weight: 415g
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 6
  • Close Focusing Distance: 0.3m
  • Mount: Minolta SR

The Minolta MC 35mm 1:1.8 usually sells for around $115-160 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 120-160€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution

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Quick Review: Minolta MC/MD 85mm 1:1.7

Minolta MC Rokkor 85mm 1:1.7

Specifications

  • Diameter: 71mm
  • Length: 62mm
  • Weight: 455g
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 6
  • Close Focusing Distance: 1m
  • Mount: Minolta SR

The Minolta MC/MD 85mm 1:1.7 usually sells for around $210-280 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 130-180€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7| full resolution

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7 | full resolution

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