Review: Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF

Zeiss Batis 2/40 on Sony A7III

The Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF is a lens of a very popular focal length / aperture class that was missing in the FE lineup from the beginning. I am still surprised to see that it took so long to get a lens in its class with autofocus. Personally, this lens fills an important gap in my lens lineup. I have high expectations in consideration of its price point and its classy name, let’s check if it can live up to that.

Sample Images

Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/5.6 | full size
Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/2 (real aperture between f2.8 and f4) | full size
Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/8 | full size
Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/5.6 | full size

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Review: Pentacon auto 50 mm f/1.8 Multi Coating

Pentacon auto 50 mm f/1.8 Multi Coating

 

 

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Sony a7ii+Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8

The Pentacon auto 50 mm f/1.8 Multi Coating is a small and very cheap 50 mm lens with an unusually close focus distance of 33 cm. Is this “nifty fifty” worth adapting to a modern full frame camera?

Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/2.5
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/1.8
Pentacon 50/1.8
Pentacon 50 mm f/1.8 @f/2.5

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Review: Sony FE 24mm 1.4 GM

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Sony FE 24mm 1.4 GM on Sony A7rII

The FE 24mm 1.4 GM is a lens that Bastian, David and Jannik preordered the lens based on the spectacular specs: It is significantly lighter and smaller than competing lenses and affordable (for a GM lens at least). In this review you can read why they did not regret the decision.

Sample Images

Sony A7III | Sony FE 1.4/24 GM | f/8 | full size

Sony A7III | Sony FE 1.4/24 GM | f/1.4 | full size

Sony A7III | Sony 1.4/24 GM | f2.2 | full size

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Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (C/Y) 35-70mm f3.4: A review

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (C/Y) 35-70mm f3.4 was a standard zoom lens designed for the Yashica and Contax series of film SLR cameras. It was, perhaps, the first standard zoom of truly decent quality throughout its range. You could use it an any focal length and not really have any compromise relative the prime lenses of the time. That cliché “a tube full of primes” was (for once) true of it: at least in its day.

It’s since acquired a kind of cult reputation. Some think it remains the finest standard zoom you can get. But how much of this reputation is due to it being so amazing by the standards of when it was designed in 1982, and how much because it still deserves a place in the kits of some modern photographers? Read on to find out!

Specifications

Diameter 70mm
Length 80.5 mm
Filter Thread 67 mm
Weight (w/o adapter) 475 g
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.7m
Maximum Magnification 1:2.5
Number of aperture blades 8
Elements/ Groups 10/10
The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (C/Y) 35-70mm f3.4 can be purchased used on eBay.com here.

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