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The Curious Case of the Wide-Normal Primes – Sony 28mm f/2 vs. Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon

The wide-normal prime is somewhat of an oddity. Nestled between the 17mm & 20mm ultra-wides and the 35mm & 40mm normals, the wide-normal primes sit comfortably, or awkwardly (depending on who you ask), in the 24mm to 28mm range.

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Shot handheld with a Sony 28mm f/2. The wide-normal prime is arguably the most versatile consumer prime lens.

In this lens shootout, we took two of the newest and most anticipated primes for the Sony FE mount to the Orange County County Fair. The County Fair is a public event that brings family and friends together for carnival games, petting zoos, and bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.

In typical iLHP lens review fashion, our tests will be broken down in several rounds as listed below:

  1. Sharpness and Distortion
  2. Vignetting and Flare
  3. Bokeh and 3D Pop
  4. Field of View
  5. Real World Handling

The Contenders & Their Specs

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(c) John vR @ photographicwanderings.com. Despite the Batis’ larger size, it doesn’t weigh that much more than the Sony, and it’s materials are beautiful.

On the left, weighing in at a welterweight of 335g with a $1,299 price tag, is the brand new OLED displayed Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon. On the right, weighing in at a featherweight 200g with an equally wallet-easy $448 price tag, is the Sony 28mm f/2.

Both have completely silent AF systems. Both come with pedal-shaped lens hoods. The Zeiss blows the Sony out of the water in terms of build quality, what with its high quality plastics that resemble metal and the world’s first OLED focus scale. But at almost 3x the price, the build quality is expected and, honestly, necessary. The Sony is minimal yet still built very well. No complaints for either lenses then.

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2-Step Instructions for Setting the OLED Display on Zeiss Batis Lenses

Setting the OLED  display on the latest Zeiss Batis lenses is literally one of the easiest but most unintuitive camera operation you’ll likely come across. The lens is a testament to clean minimalistic design, but without any buttons to press, how do you change the display settings?

Here is a quick and dirty 2-step instructions on adjusting the OLED display.

  1. Set to Manual Focus mode.
  2. Keep twisting left (clockwise).

That’s it. If you need more detailed instructions. Keep reading below.

Step 1: Set the Camera to Manual Focus Mode

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  • Hit the (Fn) button on the back of your A7 series camera.
  • Toggle to “Focus Mode”

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First Impressions of the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/2 Lenses

We first broke news about Zeiss’s new range of Batis lenses in April 2015. We were very excited, not only because they were the world’s first lenses fitted with OLED distance and depth-of-field indicators, but especially because they were available in the 85mm and 25mm focal range.

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Fresh on our doorsteps. The new Zeiss Batis autofocus primes with the world’s first OLED distance and depth-of-field scale.

Zeiss USA has been very good to us. It all started when we first tested their brilliant Loxia 35mm f/2 in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Since we are not paid by Zeiss to advertise their gear, we maintain our objectivity and have the creative freedom to structure our tests however we like. It has worked very well as they are some of our most traffic articles.  We’ve developed a beautiful partnership.

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This past Monday, we received an email from the Marketing Manager of Zeiss Americas offering us their first batch of North American Batis lenses to test and review. We were ready to go and here are our first impressions.

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