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.
The blogosphere melted down with frustration when the 135mm Batis was announced. Too slow and too expensive was the common verdict. But it’s also much lighter than the fastest medium teles, and faster and more convenient than the smallest. So is this lens the ideal compromise, or is it stranded uselessly between the fastest and the smallest? That will depend on performance, and handling. This review looks at just those issues.
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