Michael Topham couples the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 lens to the Sony Alpha 7R II to find out if it is an ideal wideangle companion for full-frame users
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Review – Verdict
It’s no secret that prime lenses are the first choice for photographers searching for ultimate sharpness, and the arrival of the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 will whet the appetite of landscape and architectural photographers who want one of the best-performing wideangle lenses for Sony Alpha 7-series cameras. As its £979 price suggests, it’s a premium piece of kit that comes with the protection and weather seals you need for shooting in the great outdoors. There’s no faulting the build quality at all – it’s incredibly solid and built to last just as one would expect from a lens engineered by Zeiss.
As far as image quality is concerned, the lens resolves exceptional sharpness, and having tested it with the Sony Alpha 7R II it’s clear it has been designed to excel when paired with cameras boasting the highest resolution sensors. Sharpness in the centre of the frame at its maximum aperture is very impressive, and although edge sharpness drops off a little between f/2 and f/3.5 I was extremely happy with my images taken wide open.
The introduction of the OLED display is a nice touch too, and works a treat when you’re manually focusing and want to view focus distance information clearly in low light. All in all, the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 is an outstanding optic for the professionals and serious enthusiasts it’s out to target and it hasn’t failed to impress on test. If the price of buying the lens outright puts you off, don’t forget there’s always the option to hire it, with daily rates working out at £30 and weeklong hires costing just over £110.