Zeiss 25mm F2 Batis E-mount lens review by Frangie2127
|Frangie2127#26530 date: Mar-25-2016|
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|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'
Handling and Balance (on A7II)
Zeiss Colour and Contrast
Minimum focus distance
|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.|