Zeiss Batis 2/25!

When we decided to go to Japan in late August and the new Zeiss Batis 2/25 was still impossible to obtain in Singapore, I decided to try my out my Japanese writing on camera stores in Tokyo to see if I could get one to hold the lens for me until my arrival. After many attempts, (to no fault of the camera stores – they were all very polite, they just didn’t have the stock), I finally received a positive response from the brilliant フジヤカメラ店 (Fujiya Camera Store) in Nakano who thought they’d be getting a shipment before we arrived! A few days later, they emailed me to confirm and, so, on our first day in Japan, we took the train from where we were staying near Shinjuku Station, a couple stops out to Nakano to find their shop and, sure enough, they had the lens there waiting for me! As you can guess, I was ecstatic!

When I first decided I wanted the lens, I suspected that living in Singapore, I would be able to get it earlier than I would have if we were back in the UK and probably for a bit cheaper, but by going to Japan at just the right time, I got it much earlier and much cheaper, and, even more importantly, I had it in time for our travels in Japan!

I plan to share some images from the trip in chronological order, but before I get into those posts, I thought I’d dedicate this one to the Batis 2/25 itself. I love this lens. A few random samples from its first days in use:

Bottles in the Yamazaki Whisky Library, Japan.

Bottles in the Yamazaki Whisky Library, Japan.

Girls in Yukata running through the rain with handkerchiefs on their heads, Japan.

Girls in Yukata running through the rain with handkerchiefs on their heads, Japan.

A rickshaw workout, Kyoto, Japan.

A rickshaw workout, Kyoto, Japan.

Tourists in Kyoto's Higashiyama District with a Typhoon in the distance.

Tourists in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District with a Typhoon in the distance.

Dawn in the garden at Shojoshin-in, the temple we stayed at in Koyasan.

Dawn in the garden at Shojoshin-in, the temple we stayed at in Koyasan.

The front of Shojoshin-in, the temple we stayed at in Koyasan.

The front of Shojoshin-in, the temple we stayed at in Koyasan.

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