Sony’s full frame mirrorless cameras with E-mount have grown to become very popular in the last few years. The advantages of the system are convincing to many photographers. The A7 and A9 camera series combine compact size with a handy but yet elegant design and great imaging features. There are various aspects to consider when deciding on the next lens to purchase.
The Isle of Skye is a true treasure of nature. The region is crowded with tourists in summer. During wintertime, however, hardly any tourists are there. Therefore, I decided to fly up to the north of Scotland in December 2016.
ZEISS photographic lenses history can be traced back to the end of 19th century. Although the history is quite long, this prestige brand never abide by stereotypes, innovation and advancing attitude with the times is commendable. In recent years, it doesn’t matter if they are traditional SLR mount Otus / Milvus lenses, or aiming for the younger generation mirrorless system launched the Batis / Loxia / Touit series lenses, you can see ZEISS has put a lot of effort into research and development of their new products.
Testing SONY A7RII with ZEISS latest Batis 2.8/135 e-mount lens ( http://amzn.to/2to06ok ) at extreme LOW LIGHT conditions in 4K video mode. Both the Full frame as well as the cropped in Super 35mm mode available with the SONY A7RII ( http://amzn.to/2lEqQRS ) are applied. The sequences were shot in with manual focus. Even with these heavy conditions the lens provides extremely sharp images.
This video is testing ZEISS latest Batis 2.8/135 e-mount lens ( http://amzn.to/2to06ok ) in Autofocus mode. Both the Full frame as well as the cropped in super 35mm modus are applied. A fence at a distance of about 2.5m triggers the Autofocus of the Sony A7RII, which is set to Focus Area [center]. The lens is -as expected- reacting perfectly, nice, precise and smooth.
My wife suggested we remove ourselves from our comfort-zone and head out-of-town and shoot from the hip. A few hotel bookings were made and soon we were on the road with the Sony A7R2, the new ZEISS Batis 2.8/135. I wanted to be able to shoot on the go but still be able to control the ambient light to achieve the look that I wanted.
The ZEISS Batis 18/2.8 has been my main wide angle companion ever since I bought the Sony A7R ii camera. I’ve had it for around 8 months at the time of this review, having taken thousands of shots during that time.