Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 Review. If you’re a photographer that loves landscape photography, this is the ultimate companion for your Sony mirrorless FE mount camera. The Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 is super sharp, contrasty, and extremely well built, giving you excellent image quality.
*As there are already plenty of tech reviews with charts floating around this is more a hands approach while out in the field!*
I had just sold my Voigtlander 15mm MKIII and was thinking of getting the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 OSS when the Zeiss Batis was released. Although the 16-35mm was regarded as a great lens I opted for the wider aperture of the Batis f2.8. The question is, did I make the right choice!
Although the lens hood is made of plastic the lens itself is actually metal. Zeiss has said it is also dust and weatherproof. I had got caught in the rain a few times and didn’t get any problems.
1/100 sec, at f/5.0, ISO 100
An un usual characteristic as well as the unique shape is the integrated OLED display on the top of the lens. It displays the distance of the focal plane from the camera as well as the depth of field range. To be honest I never used it once.
1/20 sec, at f/8.0, ISO 800
As the 10-blade aperture diaphragm is controlled electronically you’ll find no aperture ring on the lens which didn’t take long to get used to.
Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 Review – Image Quality
The image quality was as expected from this prime lens and for the first time I was shooting in auto-focus! It was blazingly fast, quiet and performed almost flawlessly!
1/640 sec, at f/8.0, ISO 200 with a Heavy Crop!
As with most wide angle lenses there was a little vignette and I noticed some mustache distortion most notably on my architecture shots. It was easily corrected in Adobe LightRoom and it soon became my favourate super wide lens, remaining on my Sony A7rII for almost all my landscape shots.
1/640 sec, at f/8.0, ISO 100
A Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to individual elements in order to suppress flare and ghosting which it does exceptionally well. Chromatic Aberration was really well controlled which rarely surfaced in my landscape shots.
Bokeh can be achieved if you get close to your subject but this is not the type of lens I’d care about Bokeh anyway.
Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 Review Specs
- Mount Type – Sony E
- Aperture Range – f/2.8 – f/22
- Minimum Focus Distance 9.84″ (25 cm)
- Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9.5
- Elements/Groups 11 / 10
- Front Filter Thread – 77 mm
- Dimensions Approx. 100 x 80 mm
- Weight – 330g
- Distagon Optical Design
Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 Review Conclusion
Super lightweight with astounding image quality, this is the perfect 18mm to shoot on any Sony A7 series camera. This is another jewel in the Sony lineup and I guarantee you will not be disappointed as with all the other available Zeiss lens luneups. If it’s so good why did I sell it! You’ll have to read my Sony 16-35 G Master review to find out.