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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* Review

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Review - John Riley reviews the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 wide-angle lens for Sony full-frame E mount cameras.

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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* Review: Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 On Alpha 7The Batis range of lenses from Zeiss is intended for Sony E-mount full frame cameras, reviewed here with the Sony Alpha 7 camera body. The name of Zeiss gives us a high expectation of quality and performance, so let's see how the lens lives up to the reputation of its marque.

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Handling and Features

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* Review: Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 Three Quarter View Front
The Batis lenses are minimalistic in appearance, with a dark window, a smoothly operating electronic focusing ring and inlaid plaque either side of the lens barrel showing the Zeiss name being the only things to disturb the total black of the design. Removing the pinch-type lens cap reveals the lens name to be a Zeiss Distagon 2/25 T* lens, with a 67mm filter thread. Removing the bayonet rear cap reveals the electronic contacts on the metal mount and a baffle to protect the rear element from stray reflections. The petal bayonet-fit lens hood is an object lesson in smooth, slick operation, fitting with a feeling of precision that reflects the overall superb construction of the lens.

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* Review: Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 OLED Distance Display Close
OLED Distance Display Close

When the lens if fitted via an equally smooth bayonet mount and the camera powered up, the name ZEISS appears briefly in the window cut out on the top of the lens. If in manual focus mode this crisp OLED display then shows not just the distance set, but also the depth of field limits for the aperture set. If this is also required in AF modes, then rotating the focusing ring 360 degrees anti-clockwise reveals the option to have the display active in AF and manual modes, manual mode only or off. Rotating the focusing ring 360 degrees clockwise gives the option of distances in metres or feet. The default is metres and MF only. The only thing that spoils this system a little is the caveat that it is an approximation only and may not be totally accurate. Still, a very impressive and potentially useful feature.

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* Review: Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 OLED Distance Display Distant
OLED Distance Display Distant

The Distagon is a retrofocus, classic design, this version having 10 elements in 8 groups. It weighs a modest 335g, and is certainly best described as chunky. The OLED display is the only adornment that gives any information. The seal around the rear of the lens reveals this to be a weather resistant design, something which seems increasingly important and does enable us to keep shooting when the weather turns bad.

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon T* Review: Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 Three Quarter View Rear

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JDGagne Avatar
10 Nov 2015 10:33AM
I am wondering why you have changed the scale on the left side of the MTV graph. There is no way to compared to other lenses (7 steps vs 10). I am questioning...

joshwa Avatar
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13 927 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2015 9:31AM
Hi JD,

We have switched to showing the actual MTF figures in reviews, as this lets you compare with other sites, and is used by a number of other people in the photographic industry. It also lets you know the performance of a lens and camera system, so for example, when testing on a higher resolution camera you should be able to see how much additional resolution you can get compared to a lower resolution camera system.

We have continued to use the same words such as Excellent, Good, etc in the text where we talk about the sharpness of the lens.

Hope this helps,

JDGagne Avatar
11 Nov 2015 1:27PM
Thank Josh for uour prompt response. What is important for me on such a lens is its' hability to produce sharp sides and corners at lower apertures down to f/16. I use my Canon lenses on my A7R II for landscapes and have the Canon 24/70mm f/4 which is the Canon lens best after the TS-E 24 for such task. I was wsiting for the Batis 25 review to see if I would gain in the corners; I alreadyknow it's a blast in the center.



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