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Carl Zeiss Batis 25 mm f/2

15 September 2016
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary


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Pros:
  • good image quality in the frame centre,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of APS-C,
  • acceptable image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • negligible distortion,
  • good astigmatism correction,
  • moderate vignetting on APS-C,
  • silent and accurate autofocus,
  • good performance against bright light.

Cons:

  • very high vignetting level on full frame,
  • too high price compared to the lens’s possibilities.
The Zeiss Batis 2/25, apart from high vignetting on full frame, didn’t reveal any serious flaws in our test. Still if you want to be honest you have to admit that its performance wasn’t spectacular in any category either. There were a lot of medium or good results but no sensational ones. The Zeiss brand name and the price tag of $1300 had made us expect an outstanding lens and we were left disappointed.

Still you should remember that even without record-breaking values the Batis 2/25 is able to provide very pleasant images with good resolution in the frame centre; on just slight stopping down these images become useful across the frame and, what’s important, they stay nicely contrasted even if you shoot against bright light. Those are important features in landscape photography and it seems the Batis is simply created for it.