Batis 18mm Playground

The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 is the third lens in the Batis series. The other two are the 85mm f/1.8 OIS and the 25mm f/2.0. The Zeiss Batis lenses are only available for Sony cameras with an E mount, like the full-frame A7 series or the APS-C cameras like the A6500. The Batis lenses combine high image quality with modest weight and dimensions. They do have auto focus and are sealed against dust and moisture. That makes the Batis lenses the ideal travel companion, certainly in combination with the compact and light A7 cameras.


You also find all those qualities in the new Batis 18mm f/2.8. The lens is 8 cm long and the largest diameter is 10cm. The latter might seem like a lot, but the lens expands greatly at the front. In your hand, it feels a good bit smaller. The weight is just 330 grams, and the filter size is 77mm. Like all Batis lenses, this 18mm is also equipped with an OLED window on which both the set distance and the focal depth are shown.


A comprehensive review of the 18mm Batis will be coming soon, but we were already able to test out the lens in practice. The sharpness is high, and the distortion is better than expected. True to Zeiss, there is quite a bit of vignetting. That does more to contribute to the character of the lens than to detract from it. Those who do not care for vignetting can of course utilize lens corrections in their preferred image editing program to remove both the distortion and the vignetting. Chromatic aberrations are absent, or nearly so, and even with full backlighting the Batis is not bothered by flare. And despite the big field of view and the average brightness, you can also take pictures with blurred backgrounds with the Batis.



A detailed review of the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 will appear real soon. For now, we'll show some Zeiss Batis 18mm sample images.

Jan Paul Mioulet
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Jan Paul Mioulet is zelfstandig fotograaf sinds 1994. Hij heeft zich beziggehouden met veel vormen van fotografie, van portret tot sport, van bruidsfotografie tot reclamewerk. Inmiddels is hij al bijna vijftien jaar gespecialiseerd in architectuurfotografie. Hij is een van de oprichters van DAPh, de Dutch Architectural Photographers, een collectief van een aantal van de beste Nederlandse architectuurfotografen. Van 2010 tot 2014 was hij hoofdredacteur van PF, Professionele Fotografie, het magazine voor de Nederlandse en Vlaamse vakfotograaf. Naast zijn fotografie schrijft hij voor PF en CameraStuffReview over techniek en allerlei bijzondere wetenswaardigheden rondom fotografie en camera’s.

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