Zeiss 25mm F2 Batis E-mount lens review by Frangie2127

reviewer#26530 date: Mar-25-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:APS-C 16mm pancake
APS-C 16-50mm power zoom
Minolta 17-35mm 'D'
Minolta 24-105mm 'D'
price paid:£979
positive:Build Quality
Handling and Balance (on A7II)
Weathersealing
Zeiss Colour and Contrast
Fast Autofocus
Minimum focus distance
negative:None
comment:The Batis lenses (25mm and 85mm) are the first native lenses I have purchased for my A7II, having used Minolta Lenses with the LEA4 adaptor for 12 months or so. I was not really tempted to buy native Sony full frame lenses straight away and was at first tempted to buy the Zeiss Loxia 35mm as my first native lens. However, I am glad that I waited a little longer until the Batis lenses with autofocus arrived. These lenses are just a joy to use on the A7 range and are not too unwieldy on my older NEX5N either. They both have a simplistic and solid feel to them. Image sharpness is amazing and the 25mm is a great focal length for my interests in photography.I am looking forward to taking this lens to London on a sightseeing trip over Easter.I also bought Zeiss T* filters to ensure image quality is maintained with these lenses. I am really impressed with the minimum focusing distance of the 25mm (20cm)which is great for sharp close ups and smooth background bokeh. The 25mm is not a stabilised lens (unlike the 85mm) but is not an issue on this focal length especially with the A7II with IS. I have found the LED focal length and depth of field readings more useful on the 25mm than on the 85mm when using manual focus. It's a nice feature to have but if you choose not to use it the function blends into the background on the lens body. These lenses are definite keepers which should give many years of reliable service and not to mention great pics.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.78
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.89
  • overall: 4.93
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