Zeiss Batis 2.8/18

Zeiss Batis 2.8/18

Specifications

Zeiss
Batis 2.8/18
2016-04-14
Yes
1500 €
$1500+VAT
330 gr.
100 x 100 x 80 mm.
with OLED display for focusing, 10 cm max diameter with hood
FE
Full frame / 1.00x
No
18 mm.
18 mm.
1.00x
No
No / n.a.

Aperture

f/2.8
9
No
No
No

Focus

Yes
Yes
Indirect
Yes
25 cm.
0.11x (35mm. equiv)

Build

No
11/10
4 aspherical, 5 anomalous partial dispersion
77 mm.
Yes
Yes
 
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  • Mathieu Gasquet on YouTube Zeiss Batis 18mm vs Loxia 21mm
  • LightPoint (english) Comparison with Tamron 17-28mm f2.8
    I must suggest picking up:
    -) the Tamron for focal range, starting also 1mm wider and with more close up possibilities, along with overall great quality.
    -) the Batis to obtain even higher quality in the details regarding control of aberrations and less distorsion, accepting the restriction of a single focal length.
  • OpticalLimits 7.7/10
    [Tested on 36 MP camera] is an excellent ultra-wide prime lens. Most of the image frame is already very sharp at fully open aperture although there is a bit of softness in the far corners. The corner softness is gone at f/4. [...] Very low lateral CAs and marginal field curvature also contribute to the very high quality [...] Vignetting which is on the very high side. Highly recommended.
  • Lens Tip
    [Tested on 42 MP camera] Apart from huge vignetting level on full frame, it didn’t have any significant slip-ups [...] the lens didn’t show any spectacular results either. [...] Both optically and mechanically, the Batis 2.8/18 is a solid construction. It can provide very pleasant images characterized by good sharpness in the frame centre. The only flaw we found is the image quality on the edge [...] even on stopping down.
  • Dustin Abbott
    [Tested on 42 MP camera] It really delivers as a light, portable, and yet optically exceptional lens. It does have some weaknesses, such as distortion and vignette, but a software profile does a good job of eliminating those. The extreme corners aren’t quite as sharp as the center, but they stand up compared to competitors.
  • Phillip Reeve
    [Tested on 12 MP camera] This is a very good lens with no real flaws. The optics are great (at all distances and aperture values), the build quality ins’t bad either and the coma correction is really outstanding. [...] While the lens is really lightweight it is also quite big, especially with the lens hood,
  • Sony Alpha Blog
    [Tested on 42 MP camera] It is developing very good performance for a wide angle; stopping down to F4, it will give its full potential: optical issues are all very well corrected automatically by Lightroom, the lens is small, discrete and quiet in video, clor rendition and constrast is superb and carry the Zeiss signature. A very nice lens for architecture and landscape!
  • LonelySpeck 9.6/10
    [Tested on 12 MP camera] Vignetting is pronounced but not overly distracting [...] Aberration and coma performance is nearly perfect straight from f/2.8, and I left it there for every astrophoto in this review, seeing no need to ever stop down. [...] It is simply the best wide angle lens I’ve ever used and a perfect choice for landscape astrophotography. Highly Recommended.
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