Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Review


The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 marks the third lens in Zeiss’ Batis range of prime lenses designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, joining the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85.

This 18mm ultra-wide addition adopts its siblings’ sleek styling and also incorporates an unusual OLED display to show information like focus distance and depth of field. The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 is also fully weather sealed and features a rugged metal barrel construction. Inside are a total of 11 lens elements in 10 groups, four of which are aspherical, and seven utilising what Zeiss cryptically call ‘Special Glass’. Zeiss’ T* anti-reflective coating is also present, as is a Linear Autofocus motor for fast, smooth and quiet autofocussing.

Unsurprisingly, however, all this quality doesn’t come cheap. Expect to pay £1189/$1499 if you want this premium ultra-wide optic.

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