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

reviewer#44201 date: Dec-19-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
price paid:£665.00
positive:Well made, weather sealed, excellent IQ
negative:Hood plastic is not a perfect match for the black of the lens.
comment:I bought mine 2nd hand on eBay. The price has come down quite a lot lately as people trade up to the Sony 24-GM. Some sellers are still trying to get high prices but hold out for an auction and if you don't win just wait for the next.. It's worth it.

This is a really nice lens. I'm not a fan of the curvy-smoothy-slippery styling but I love the look, saturation, colour, sharpness and detail of the images that it makes. It focuses close enough to get nice blurry backgrounds and to separate the subject, it is beautifully balanced on the A7r3 & r2 and isn't too heavy at 391g, including the hood.

This is an easy lens to recommend. If you don't want to stump up for the 24GM the Zeiss is not very far behind it in any regard. It is now good value, on the second hand market at least.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.95
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.82
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.82
  • overall: 4.92
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