ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 – Review by Jan Paul Mioulet
The ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 is one of the best-performing super-wide angels that we have ever tested. The corner sharpness especially is very good for an extremely low focal length.
The ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 is a light and compact super-wide angle for Sony’s mirrorless cameras. In the area of image quality, the lens is a heavyweight that can hang with the best and that seems to be entirely ready for cameras with more than 50 megapixels. Wide and sharp, from corner to corner: ZEISS Batis 2.8/18. ZEISS makes two series of lenses especially for Sony’s mirrorless models. One, the Loxia series, is manual focus and consists of a 21mm, a 35mm, a 50mm and an 85mm. The other series, the Batis series, has auto focus and at the moment also includes four models: an 18mm, a 25mm, an 85mm and a 135mm. The Batis lenses are relatively light and compact auto focus lenses with high image quality and a modern design.
The Batis 2.8/18 is specially designed for the high-quality Sony A7 series. You notice that.
The ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 offers the biggest field of view of the four Batis lenses. The Batis is not the only 18mm from ZEISS. In the ZEISS Milvus series, there is also an 18mm available. The Milvus 2.8/18 is only available in Canon of Nikon mount and weighs, depending on the version, at least twice as much as the Batis. Without the adapter that you need to use a Milvus on a Sony, the lens is also already more than a centimeter longer. And the Milvus, just like the Loxias, can only be focused manually. The Batis is thus smaller and much lighter and has auto focus on top of that. That is quite a feat by ZEISS.
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