In today’s post, we’re gonna do an overview of the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens. This Zeiss lens was designed specifically for the Sony Full-Frame E Mount Mirrorless Cameras like the a7 series and a9 camera. The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens can be used also on Sony’s crop sensor APS-C mirrorless cameras like the A6500, A6300 with an equivalent field of view of a 27-millimeter focal length.
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When you unbox the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens, the first thing you’re going to notice is Zeiss does a phenomenal job boxing their lenses. They obviously keep them well protected with pre-cut foam. The first thing you’re gonna notice is your instructional manual. Secondly, you’re gonna see your 3-Years warranty card of course from an authorized dealer. Thirdly, you have your Discover Zeiss Optics pamphlet. Finally, you have your Zeiss warranty guideline, your test certificate for final inspection.
The lens uses a 77-millimeter filter you get your rear of the lens cap and Zeiss provides you with a bayonet style lens hood. Once the lens hood is attached it fits really well with the design of the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens.
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Let’s take a closer look at the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens. Zeiss manufacturer some of the highest quality optics in the industry hands down. When you think of Zeiss optics you think of manual focus lenses and here are the Batis line up lenses that feature a linear autofocus motor that’s fully compatible with all the AF modes of your Sony mirrorless camera.
First, we’re gonna take a look at the build quality of the Zeiss Batis lens. Zeiss is taking a very minimalistic approach to the design of Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens. It’s clean, its sleek streamlined. As I mentioned in the unboxing you get a lens hood and when its hatch it all looks like one piece. Now there are no buttons, no switches. That means the manual focus has to be accessed through the camera’s menu.
There’s an all-new linear autofocus motor in the lens and Zeiss’s implementation of focus by wire is so good that it feels like a mechanical focus ring.
Another unique feature of the Zeiss Batis lineup of lenses is its OLED display. The OLED display is gonna give you a focusing distance scale and meters or feet whichever you prefer. Also, your depth of field preview which would help you focus manually on the fly. Having an OLED display gives you assistance when focusing at night. If you’re into astrophotography or any type of low-light photography you’re gonna be able to easily see where the focus is on.
Another great feature about this lens is the fact that it is fully weather shield. That is going to be a perfect lens option for landscape photographers. Landscape photographers wanna lens that they can take out and use wherever they go. As I mentioned in the unboxing full metal mouth for a secure mount to your camera body. But you’ll also notice the weather shield ring around the lens mount. Also, the front of the lens is coated to protect from moisture and smudges.
It’s the fact that it is super lightweight in fact it weighs under a pound 11 ounces and they designed this lens to be lightweight and compact to match any camera body from the Sony narrows lineup.
Alright so let’s take a look at the optical design. Zeiss follows the distagon formula you have 11 elements in 10 groups or the floating elements designed to maintain image quality throughout the focus range. Its optical design is going to reduce chromatic aberration and spherical aberration this is going to give you improved clarity sharpness and resolution.
As you can see from the front it’s marked with the Zeiss T∗ coding. This coding is going to be applied to all elements in the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens. This is going to reduce glare and reflections giving you improved image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
The lens gives you a field of view of approximately 99 degrees from corner to corner. It also allows you to focus at a minimum focusing distance of 9.84 inches so it allows you to get up close and personal with your subject matter.
This type of lens is great for architectural Landscape and even with its fast maximum aperture f/2.8 you can use it for any type of low-light photography. Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens is an incredible wide-angle lens something that I would really recommend for anybody looking for a fast wide-angle prime for the Sony full-frame or crop sensor mirrorless camera.
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