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    Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    I ended up with both lenses for now and wrote up a little comparison between the two with some sample images.

    Zeiss Civil War. Batis 85mm 1.8 vs Milvus 85mm 1.4 | JORGE TORRALBA

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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Would be interesting to compare them with the real titan, the GM 85 f/1.4.

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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    To my eye the milvius is beating the batis for bokeh and 3-dimensionality, but the weight and AF tradeoff is too much.

    Winner: Batis

    Thanks for doing the comparison!
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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    To my eye the milvius is beating the batis for bokeh and 3-dimensionality, but the weight and AF tradeoff is too much.

    Winner: Batis

    Thanks for doing the comparison!
    Yeap which is why if I had to pick one it would be the Batis unless I went back to Nikon.

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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Both of them to my eye, have the modern Zeiss (nervous) bokeh. I'm not a fan of either lens's rendering. As Vivek says, the new kid on the block 85GM will hopefully add a new choice in this focal length.
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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    Both of them to my eye, have the modern Zeiss (nervous) bokeh. I'm not a fan of either lens's rendering. As Vivek says, the new kid on the block 85GM will hopefully add a new choice in this focal length.



    Right on, Eoin!

    Let us hope that the QC would also be far better!

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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Let us hope that the QC would also be far better!
    Well ... for nearly twice the price, it'd want to do something far better.
    But that slide is a little misleading, as Sony had zero input into the Batis or Milvus I would think.
    That just leaves the Sony QC in the equation and if they are pitching these as their "ultimate resolution" & "lens for life" they really need to be perfect right out of the box.

    I've compromised and done what I said I wouldn't do .. I've ordered one.
    Photography is full of compromises ... or so they say!.
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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Im going GM all the way to the river on it. Ordered it in 2 places. LOL
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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    Well ... for nearly twice the price, it'd want to do something far better.
    But that slide is a little misleading, as Sony had zero input into the Batis or Milvus I would think.
    I thought the modern Zeiss lenses were designed by Cosina or Vivitar or similar third party?

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    Re: Zeiss Batis 85 or Milvus 85

    Quote Originally Posted by gazwas View Post
    I thought the modern Zeiss lenses were designed by Cosina or Vivitar or similar third party?
    The modern Zeiss lenses are designed by Zeiss but some are manufactured in the Cosina factory to include MOST ZM lenses, the Touit line, and the Batis line. I'm unsure about the Loxia line but I'd imagine that it was Cosina manufactured too. This is no different than any other modern business practice of Sony cameras manufactured in Thailand are still Sony, Leica's produced in Canada are still Leica's and Apple products are still Apple's whether produced by Samsung, Foxconn, or whomever.
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