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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon Examples: Post-Snowstorm Climb (Sony A7R II)

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Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon

In my review of the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon, I present a 4-page documentary series with numerous examples, all taken on a late October day hike near Mt Dana on a glittering post-snowstorm day:

Includes images at sizes up to 24 megapixels, with large crops also.

This project took a while—sorting through hundreds of images, then processing them with care was no quick task, particularly with images utilizing the full dynamic range. But I confess to so much sheer enjoyment in that day’s outing that it was a real incentive to process the images. At the same time these images are very fine examples I think—and they show off just how fine a lens and camera the Sony A7R II + Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon can be.

The images are spectacular on the 14.7 megapixel display of the iMac 5K. If you’re viewing them on something else, it’s like 1080p vs super 4K UltraHD—no contest. Really, there is nothing else that can touch display satisfaction of the iMac 5K*. Any and all readers out there who enjoy photography really must have the late 2015 iMac 5K because it sets a new standard for viewing pleasure: it’s like looking at an 11 X 14 'chrome', only bigger. If nothing else, buy one only for the display—seriously—because it costs less than a lot of displays.

OK, that sounds like hyperbole, but have you experienced it properly? The 4320-wide image sizes that I publish just about perfectly fill the iMac 5K screen vertically (the 6048 size is great fun too, even if a bit of scrolling is needed). Skeptical? Don’t assume; look. It is fair to wonder what is the point of a ~12MP or ~16MP camera that falls short of filling the display or just barely manages it when surely 8K displays are only a few years off. A 4K display has a measly 8.3 megapixels. BTW, anyone using a HiDPI or Retina display should be viewing at 50% magnification (which is actual pixels on a 2:1 retina display), so that no scaling is done.

* Clearly the highest quality view available, but not the best choice for professional image editing or color management—use the NEC PA302W or similar.

Wind-swept boulder field with sun wind-whipped snow flurries
f8 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 100; 2015-10-29 09:38:05
Sony A7R II + Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Distagon

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