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Carl Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Sony FE: Optically outstanding

By Paul Carroll - Thursday February 25 2016

Lens Review
Introduction | Measurements: The wide-angle king | Comparison: Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 vs. Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 vs. Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 | Conclusion: Well-priced, high-quality wide-angle for Sony full-frame
Carl Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Sony FE: Optically outstanding

Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses have been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary optical precision and outstanding build quality for which Carl Zeiss lenses are known, the new Batis lenses also feature autofocus and an innovative OLED display on the lens barrel that gives both focus distance and depth-of-field information. The first lenses released in the Zeiss Batis lineup are the 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime and the 85mm f/1.8 short telephoto prime.

The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 features a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm and an f/2 – f/22 aperture range. Construction is an all-metal casting, which is both dust- and moisture-resistant, and weighing in at 335 grams with a 92mm barrel length, it’s a nicely-balanced lens mounted on the Sony A7R.

Optical construction utilizes 10 elements in 8 groups, offers a minimum focus distance of just 20cm, and the front element features a 67mm filter thread which doesn’t rotate during focus. The addition of autofocus will widen the the appeal of the Zeiss lens, but for the manual focus enthusiast, the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 features a wide and well-weighted focus ring for precise adjustment. The wide-angle 25mm focal length offers an 82-degree field of view that’s well-suited for landscape, architecture, and street photography on the Sony A7.

We had the pleasure of running the Carl Zeiss Batis 25m f/2 through our industry-standard tests and are delighted to reveal the verified results.

Key specifications:

  • Focal length: 25mm
  • Lens mount: Sony E / FE
  • Max. aperture: f/2
  • Min. aperture: f/22
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Minimum focus: 20cm
  • Field of view: 82 Degrees
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Dimensions: 92x78mm (LxD)

Measurements: The wide-angle king

Comparison: Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 vs. Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 vs. Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21

Conclusion: Well-priced, high-quality wide-angle for Sony full-frame