Today I had a chance to test the Zeiss Batis 25 mm f/2 in Finland and here are some thoughts why I really like this lens and why I would recommend it especially for those who are into outdoor or nature photography and looking for a wide angle lens. This is not a scientific report but just my initial thoughts after testing the Zeiss Batis 25mm in Finland. (UPDATE: You can find more pictures from my Sony A7 / Batis 25 mm from my recent trips to Finnish Lapland and Northern Norway).

Test Zeiss Batis 25 mm / 2.0 with Sony A7

Sharpness

This lens is super sharp.

Bokeh

Even so it it a wide angle lens you can create a nice bokeh with it’s f/2.

Weight

With less than 400 grams this lens is also quite light.

Size

The lens looks a bit bulky compared to the Loxia lenses but it lies nicely in your hand when you take pictures.

Weather resistant

The Zeiss Batis 25mm is weather resistant which makes it a great lens for outdoor adventures.

OLED screen

The OLED screen comes in quite handy when you are into manual focusing. It shows you the distance where the object is sharp and where other object start to blur before and behind it. The OLED screen is off when your camera is set on autofocus.

Focus ring

The focus ring is a simple rubber band which collects dust. It’s not really an issue for me. Focusing is nice and smooth.

Autofocus

The autofocus is quite fast on a Sony A7 but it’s probably a bit difficult to get a sharp image of a very fast moving object. However, I would say that this is more a limitation of the camera than the lens.

Zeiss Batis 25 mm / 2.0 with Sony A7

What I don’t like on this lens is that it is quite expensive but on the other hand you get great quality. The body of the Batis lens is made of plastics. Zeiss told me that it’s very durable with the objective to keep the weight of the Batis 25mm low.


Would I recommend the Zeiss Batis 25mm

Yes, that’s the best lens which I ever had on a Sony A7. As it is light and relatively small it’s also a great lens for outdoor photographers who need weather resistant gear and who want to travel light.

The lens is super versatile. It let’s a lot of light through which makes it also an interesting lens for night and astrophotography. Need a nice bokeh? No need to change lenses. Just set the aperture to 2.0.

The Zeiss Batis 25mm would definitely be a great lens for our trips. As a side note, I have also used the Hoya 67mm DMC PRO1 Clear Protector Digital Filter when I took the pictures.

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