Which of these 2 lenses more suitable for 'standard' use cases?

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Which of these 2 lenses more suitable for 'standard' use cases?

I am reaching out to the community as I am torn between two lenses for my A7iii. My main purpose is to shoot multi-row milky way panoramas (nightscapes), thus I am looking for lenses with FL roughly around 50mm. Since it is mostly for astro, lens needs to be fast (F2.0 or lower). After discussing this in the astrophotography forum a while back, I have pretty much shortened my candidates list to below 2 lenses. What I'd like to know is - from a _non-astro_ perspective - which of these would be the better choice?

  • ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF

much lighter, close focus feature, generally more versatile

  • Voigtlander 65mm f2 APO

Seems a bit better for astro, optically superior, macro, cheaper

I am aware these are not easily comparable since the FL is different. I'd use it probably 90% for astro, for which I won't care much about the FL difference.

The big question is which would be more suitable for the remaining 10%? Current gear consists of a 18mm for landscape and a 85mm for portrait, so other use cases would be occasional street, friends&family and probably some food/macro.

As I have specialized in astro, I am more or less a beginner for these other mentioned use cases and can not make much sense from the reviews/specs as to how that would play out in reality. E.g., the Zeiss is not a macro lens but has a close focus option (minimal focus distance is quite short), while the Voigtlander has a longer minimal focus distance but is a dedicated macro lens. Not sure which one would be more suitable for macro then.

Would appreciate your thoughts, also still open for other lens recommendations although above shortlist is already the product of weeks of comparing and filtering out alternatives. Any rumours about new, similar lenses planned for release soon which might be worth waiting for?

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Sony a7 III Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 Sony FE 85mm F1.8 +1 more
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