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

reviewer#46931 date: Mar-8-2023
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:CZ 2/24 ZA
Sigma 3.5/24 DG DN
price paid:450 euro (used)
positive:Compact lens for what it is; robust weather-sealed & f/2
Sharpness across the field wide open
Colours and contrast easy to work with in PP
negative:Flare/Colour fringing; nothing realy bad that can not be ajusted in PP, but not up there with the lastest GM
comment:As mentioned above; it's not up to the perfection in IQ and AF as the latest GM lenses (I own the 35 & 135). But this used copy gives me what I like; punchy images with enough details and out of focus separation (in the same way I recognise of my Loxia 21). Distortion is there, but OK/good for a wide angle if you keep humans outside the very corners. The colour fringing is there, even stopped down a bit, a compromise I can live with.

After buying the Batis 85 some time back I realy wanted to try it out with the Batis 25 as a dual AF lens set-up for short trips and streetphotography.

With the release of many lastest/greatest lenses these somewhat older Batis lenses overflow the secondhand market. But there is a reason why these lenses demand such a high premium when bought new. No doubt this lens(es) can deliver the goods!

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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