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ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread

  
 
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p.22 #1 · p.22 #1 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


So, I broke this lens out of its retirement home and took it for a spin. Overall, I don't think it'll become my main optic again anytime soon—most of the shots missed focus by a bit on this outing. How-ever... the files this thing can produce when given ideal operating conditions are G O R G E O U S.

It'll be very hard to move this thing from retired to sold.






Jul 21, 2022 at 02:57 PM
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p.22 #2 · p.22 #2 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


Facts always work best.

"Back in 2020 I raised some concerns that Zeiss has not announced any new lenses since April 2019 when they introduced the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens for DSLR cameras .. Nothing else has changed in the past 3+ years, except that now DSLR cameras are basically dead and probably nobody is buying the Otus lenses. Many of the Zeiss lenses for Leica M-mount are no longer available."

https://photorumors.com/2022/05/05/flashback-zeiss-has-still-not-announced-any-new-photography-lenses-in-3-years/

April 2019 was 39 months back - an eternity in this business. Nikon has announced and produced maybe 20 lenses in that period, to give some idea how these things go for functional companies.

https://photographylife.com/nikon-z-lens-roadmap

If you stop announcing and producing lenses, people might get the strange idea that maybe you are not going to make any lenses for their cameras (or for anyone else's cameras).



Jul 21, 2022 at 06:11 PM
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p.22 #3 · p.22 #3 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


Attempting to steer this thread back on topic with an actual image from an actual Zeiss lens that actually exists and is actually quite useful





Zeiss Batis 2/40 - The greatest sports and action lens in the history of lenses!




Jul 21, 2022 at 06:55 PM
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p.22 #4 · p.22 #4 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


JVan_02 wrote:
So, I broke this lens out of its retirement home and took it for a spin. Overall, I don't think it'll become my main optic again anytime soon—most of the shots missed focus by a bit on this outing. How-ever... the files this thing can produce when given ideal operating conditions are G O R G E O U S.

It'll be very hard to move this thing from retired to sold.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52231005252_5325a999e1_h.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52232010468_8fcde50f98_h.jpg


I have never had a focusing problem with this lens. Also, there are a lot of well-focused eyeball shots in the thread. Maybe there is a problem with your copy. Also, did you update the firmware?



Jul 21, 2022 at 07:34 PM
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p.22 #5 · p.22 #5 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


@chiron and many in this thread are mine. Even after all this time, I'm one of the most significant contributors to the image thread.

It's more likely to be camera than lens specific, as several with α7Cs or α9s have discussed a lack of my issues. That being said, should I want to really get back in the groove with this lens there's an entire checklist of settings and practices I need to use chasing my kiddo around. While on some other lenses I just... press the AF button lol.

It is, as I said, a gorgeous lens. The flaws it does have make it all the more the frustrating.



Jul 22, 2022 at 12:38 AM
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p.22 #6 · p.22 #6 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


sunshine after the rain
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Jul 22, 2022 at 06:40 AM
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p.22 #7 · p.22 #7 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


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Jul 22, 2022 at 06:41 AM
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p.22 #8 · p.22 #8 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


f2.8
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f2
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Edited on Sep 18, 2022 at 01:32 PM · View previous versions



Jul 22, 2022 at 07:35 AM
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p.22 #9 · p.22 #9 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


chiron wrote:


I have never had a focusing problem with this lens. Also, there are a lot of well-focused eyeball shots in the thread. Maybe there is a problem with your copy. Also, did you update the firmware?


I've had the lens for almost 2 years and have really never had any problems with eye autofocus. I now take many more portraits with the Batis 40/2 than with the 85/1.4 GM or Sony 50/1.4. The Focus is fast and reliable for me. The skin tones of the 40/2 Batis are more natural and lively than with my other lenses.

I use some Sony and Batis lenses. Of all the AF lenses, it has by far the best, most vibrant colors and most impressive micro-contrast in my opinion. The images often have an impressive depth and appear very plastic. The very impressive close-up limit and the focal length make it very universally applicable. Most of the time I only have the 40 batis with me. At 360 grams, it's a bit heavier than other small lenses, but it's still not particularly heavy. In my pocket, the 360 ​​grams are hardly noticeable.

I use the batis for landscape, portrait, architecture, blue hour, nice close-ups...


DSC09006-2 by stm geist, auf Flickr

DSC09006 by stm geist, auf Flickr

DSC08952 by stm geist, auf Flickr

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DSC00866 by stm geist, auf Flickr

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DSC09146 by stm geist, auf Flickr

DSC09151 by stm geist, auf Flickr

Edited on Aug 01, 2022 at 06:34 AM · View previous versions



Jul 26, 2022 at 08:28 AM
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p.22 #10 · p.22 #10 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


Beautiful photos @Schwarzlicht


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p.22 #11 · p.22 #11 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


Schwarzlicht wrote:
I've had the lens for almost 2 years and have really never had any problems with eye autofocus. I now take many more portraits with the Batis 40/2 than with the 85/1.4 GM or Sony 50/1.4. The Focus is fast and reliable for me. The skin tones of the 40/2 Batis are more natural and lively than with my other lenses.

I use some Sony and Batis lenses. Of all the AF lenses, it has by far the best, most vibrant colors and most impressive micro-contrast in my opinion. The images often have an impressive depth and appear very plastic. The
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Yes. The reviews of the Batis 40mm and also of the other Batis lenses have consistently emphasized how quick and accurate their autofocus is. The minor problem with the CF function in the 40mm was resolved to the point of invisibility by a simple firmware update.



Jul 26, 2022 at 11:40 AM
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p.22 #12 · p.22 #12 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


saaketham wrote:
Beautiful photos @Schwarzlicht@


Thanks very much! But it's also a great lens to have fun with! Recently I was out with the family all day in a very beautiful environment and had the 40/2 Batis on the camera. I also had the Sony 50/1.4 ZA and 85/1.4 GM with me. But I dragged the weight for nothing. I liked the pictures with the Batis 40/2 so much that I didn't even change the lens all day...



Jul 26, 2022 at 02:36 PM
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p.22 #13 · p.22 #13 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


f8; Iso100; 30 sec.
DSC09150 by stm geist, auf Flickr

f2
DSC09719 by stm geist, auf Flickr

f7.1
DSC09685 by stm geist, auf Flickr



The flowers are the size of a 1 cent coin. The AF works excellently at close range.
f6.3
DSC09932 by stm geist, auf Flickr

DSC09932-2 by stm geist, auf Flickr

f5.6
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Aug 01, 2022 at 04:40 AM
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p.22 #14 · p.22 #14 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


f2
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Aug 01, 2022 at 07:48 AM
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p.22 #15 · p.22 #15 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


A little bit Zeiss-Pop :-) ; when I open these pictures with a 65 inch Oled TV I always get a fright. The image impression has nothing or very little to do with the image processing. Even on site, the images appeared very plastic when displayed in the viewfinder.

f2.2
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f4
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Aug 03, 2022 at 07:04 AM
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p.22 #16 · p.22 #16 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


Flares in extreme backlight

f2.5
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f8
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Aug 07, 2022 at 12:55 AM
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p.22 #17 · p.22 #17 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


Some shots of the Batis 40/2 from a short morning walk. Still learning how to bring out the colors of the Batis though, the CV Nokton's colors is, more 'tame' for a lack of a better word, compared to the Batis and it will take some time to get used to.

Singapore Botanic Garden by Wei Kiat Teo, on Flickr

Singapore Botanic Garden by Wei Kiat Teo, on Flickr



Aug 20, 2022 at 06:41 AM
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p.22 #18 · p.22 #18 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


DSC01853 by stm geist, auf Flickr

DSC01907 by stm geist, auf Flickr

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DSC01703 by stm geist, auf Flickr




Sep 18, 2022 at 01:14 PM
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p.22 #19 · p.22 #19 · ZEISS BATIS 40mm f/2 Image Thread


Schwarzlicht wrote:
Thanks very much! But it's also a great lens to have fun with! Recently I was out with the family all day in a very beautiful environment and had the 40/2 Batis on the camera. I also had the Sony 50/1.4 ZA and 85/1.4 GM with me. But I dragged the weight for nothing. I liked the pictures with the Batis 40/2 so much that I didn't even change the lens all day...


I need to look at this lens again. I switched to the 50 1.4 because the AF on the Batis 40 bugged me in low light, but now miss the colors and microcontrast from the Batis. What camera are you using? I was using the A7RIV, but wonder if the newer Sony's fair better.



Sep 23, 2022 at 12:49 PM
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wdshuck wrote:
I need to look at this lens again. I switched to the 50 1.4 because the AF on the Batis 40 bugged me in low light, but now miss the colors and microcontrast from the Batis. What camera are you using? I was using the A7RIV, but wonder if the newer Sony's fair better.


I have been using the A7RIII for many years. She still serves me well. The 50mm F1.4 ZA is also a great lens with beautiful micro-contrasts. I photographed half my daughter's childhood with it. I enjoy the lighter weight of the Batis. I feel that sometimes the strong micro contrasts compensate for the Batis' smaller aperture and help isolate the subject.



Sep 26, 2022 at 01:24 PM
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