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Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Review - Verdict

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Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 On Sony A7III Front View

Value For Money

The Zeiss Batis Distagon 40mm f/2 CF T* lens is priced at £1129. We can look at other marques to build a sense of perspective regarding price, and the following are similar focal lengths.

SMC Pentax-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited, £649
HD Pentax-DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited, £399
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, £199
Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton, £749
Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 VM Nokton-Classic MC, £449
Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 Heliar VM, £332
Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 Micro Four Thirds, £1149
Sigma 40mm f/1.4 Art (E-mount), £1499


However, the Zeiss lens is really a different design concept to the others, much in the same way that the recently reviewed Pentax 50mm f/1.4 lens is a very different beast to the existing one in their range, and accordingly much more expensive. There is no escaping that the highest quality, with the least regard to compromise, costs money and with the new Zeiss lens the results are there to justify it. For more options have a look at the Top 10 Best Zeiss Lenses.
 

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Verdict

Quality, lack of compromise and elegance of design. These are the things that characterise the new lens, one which I have found very exciting to use. It also does not fall into the trap of being clinically sharp without having that indefinable character. It manages to be crisp and clean in terms of its images, but they also have the sparkle that gives that emotional element. Sometimes this is referred to as “pixie dust”, the magical extra ingredient that makes great lenses.

Thus the new Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens justifies its price tag and it has that extra quality that makes it an Editor's Choice.

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Insignificant CA levels
  • No flare
  • Virtually no distortion
  • Modest vignetting
  • Relaxed, pleasant bokeh
  • Fast, silent AF
  • Character
  • Versatile focal length

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Cons

  • Size

Features4.5/5
Handling5/5
Performance5/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict

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Comments


8 Oct 2018 2:20PM
What's remarkable is the new Tamron 17-35 Di OSD tested a few weeks ago has actually bettered the Zeiss performance in the F4, 5.6, f8, and f11 areas, also better chromatic aberration control!!
8 Oct 2018 3:14PM
There are certainly some great lenses out there for us to choose from!
josa 7 25 Czech Republic
8 Oct 2018 7:18PM
Excellent sharpnes at all apertures!!!Wow!
9 Oct 2018 2:05AM

Quote:What's remarkable is the new Tamron 17-35 Di OSD tested a few weeks ago has actually bettered the Zeiss performance in the F4, 5.6, f8, and f11 areas, also better chromatic aberration control!!


No really, the Tamron was tested on a Nikon D810 (36mp) versus the Zeiss on a Sony A7 III (24mp). Put the Zeiss on a Sony A7R III would give us a better indication and I'm willing to bet, a better performance than Tamron.
9 Oct 2018 9:32AM

Quote:
Quote:What's remarkable is the new Tamron 17-35 Di OSD tested a few weeks ago has actually bettered the Zeiss performance in the F4, 5.6, f8, and f11 areas, also better chromatic aberration control!!


No really, the Tamron was tested on a Nikon D810 (36mp) versus the Zeiss on a Sony A7 III (24mp). Put the Zeiss on a Sony A7R III would give us a better indication and I'm willing to bet, a better performance than Tamron.



Exactly, the Tamron has already been tested on a high res 36 mp camera, so more exacting than the A7III, I am not disputing the Zeiss will be a lovely well-built lens, but the Tamron is a bit of a bargain. I have sold my Nikon 16-35 VR f4 because the Tamron blew it away in the corners at all apertures and matched and in some cases bettered my Irix 15mm 2.4 which in many tests has held its own against similar Zeiss lenses.
10 Oct 2018 1:15PM
What a pitty that horrible bokeh at f2.0. Except that it's magnificent!
gbinoz 1
15 Oct 2018 7:18AM
Sad that this beautiful has has to carry all that crap dust and fluff around on it's zoom ring. What genius chose that material.
joshwa Plus
9 905 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 7:55AM

Quote:Zeiss own web site states quite clearly this lens, like most Zeiss lenses is made from metal, NOT polycarbonate. Don't cheapen there products with misinformation, thank you.


We don't say that it's polycarbonate? So not sure why you think we do?
17 Feb 2019 11:53AM
Testing such a high quality lens on the 24mp sensor is pretty much useless... Why don't you always use the sensor with the highest resolution? This would show that some lenses are great at 42mp and others are clearly designed for the 24mp cameras.

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