Frustrated with the availability of the new Zeiss Batis? Well, here is something to think about as an alternative. Although the 25 Batis is a superb lens, the 25mm F2 Distagon ZF/ZE may actually be a better choice for you. Granted there is no auto focus. But, with such a wide lens, focus will be a trivial task. The 25 ZF/ZE yields image quality with contrast, sharpness and colors that seem to match the Batis. But wait! You also get the option of using it on a Nikon or Canon as well. Just pay separate shipping and handling.
With the announcement of the new 21mm Loxia, you may be thinking why even bother? Well, they are both manual focus Distagon designs. They both have aperture rings. The Loxias are smaller but not that much smaller. Here is why. I have seen the 25’s ZF advertised used for as low as $800.00. At that price you would think this is a no brainer. However, this is just food for thought and does not mean you should just abandon your quest for a Batis. Either way, you will get amazing results!
Here are a few shots from today using an A7II and the 25 F2 ZF. Scroll down to see how well the lens performs when shooting against the sun or brightly back lit subjects and a link to a full review of the 25 zf.
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And just for giggles, here is a review I did a while back on this lens.
Also, have a look at here at the ZF 25mm F2 Gallery for images with the 25 ZF on a Nikon camera.
Here are some back lit shots to show flare control.
This is with a Nikon D4 Just look at that bokeh !
And lastly with the A7II, here is Anthony at his regular spot in Downtown Portland on Broadway.