Which Ultimate all-around lens: Sony 55m f/1.8 or Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2?

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happylearner New Member • Posts: 3
Which Ultimate all-around lens: Sony 55m f/1.8 or Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2?

Hi everyone - I got a pretty tough dilemma here and I'd love to get your input.

I am about to get the A7 III, and I can't make up my mind as of which Prime to get as my single, all-around lens: the Sony 55m f/1.8 or Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2?

My photography types by descending order of priority/occurrence

  1. Kids portraits / photography
  2. Family portraits /events photography
  3. Street photography
  4. Landscape photography

Semi-macro is something I want to try out, either with the 40mm or 55mm with macro adapter

Of course, given my #1 priority of kids/family photography, AF and Eye AF performance must be top tier.

I tend to prefer the 40mm due to it's versatility, but I am worried that the wider FoV will required me to be super close to a subject for a shoulder-head portrait (or kids full body), which would result in less natural situation and "staged" looking portraits

On the other end, the 55mm seems to be perfect for this, but I am not sure how limiting it will be for events / street photography given the narrower FoV

Any input, especially from users who experienced both lenses, would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

ps: let's assume they are the same price, since I don't plan on getting more than 1 lens in the near future

Sony a7 III Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF
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