ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Seven Low Dispersion Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Floating Elements System
  • OLED Display for Focus Distance and DoF
  • Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
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ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Overview

  • 1Description

Delivering an impressively wide field of view, the Sony E-mount Batis 18mm f/2.8 from ZEISS is an ultra-wide prime, well-suited to interior, architectural, landscape, and astrophotography applications. Within the Distagon optical design, this lens uses a series of aspherical and anomalous partial dispersion elements to greatly reduce color fringing, distortion, and other aberrations to realize sharp, clear, and color-accurate imagery. A floating elements system is also employed for consistent performance throughout the focusing range, and an enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to reduce flare and ghosting for working in difficult lighting conditions.

Batis-series lenses are distinguished by their innovative use of an OLED display on the lens barrel, which highlights the focus distance and depth of field range for quickly recognizing your focusing parameters. As an autofocus lens, linear motors are used to deliver quick, quiet, and smooth focusing performance to suit both stills and video applications. Additionally, the lens body also sports a dust- and moisture-sealed design to permit its use in trying environments.

Wide-angle prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 27mm equivalent focal length
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in available-light conditions and is also ideal for astrophotography use.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Two aspherical elements, five elements made from anomalous partial dispersion glass, and a pair of aspherical elements also made from low dispersion glass are featured, and all contribute to significantly reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations, color fringing, and distortion for improved clarity, sharpness, and resolution.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 9.8" to infinity.
Integrated OLED display on the top of the lens shows the working focus distance as well as the depth of field range for quickly recognizing the parameters of focus in use, even when working in low-light conditions.
Linear motors benefit the autofocus performance of the lens and provide smooth, fast, and quiet operation. For manual focusing, a rubberized ring offers greater tactile control for precise placement of focus.
Dust and weather-sealed construction benefits using the lens in inclement shooting conditions.
In the Box
ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E
  • 77mm Front Lens Cap for Otus 55mm f/1.4
  • Rear Lens Cap for ZEISS Touit E-Mount
  • Lens Shade for Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Specs

    Focal Length 18mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Sony E
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 99
    Maximum Magnification 0.105x
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 10 Groups
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.937 x 3.15" / 100 x 80 mm
    Weight 11.6 oz / 330 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 5.4 x 4.7"

    ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Reviews

    Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 79.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from not since Hasselblad Clarity not seen since shooting Hasselblad with film. Shooting with a Sony a6300 and this lens yields edge to edge resolution than shames the results from a Canon 6D with the 17-40L , or 24-105L. No contest. Night ? perfect, non color disposed results corner to corner. Best WA i have used. Buyers note, as mentioned by others, the front lens cap has insufficient tension to stay in place with nearly any lateral bump. Many other adjectives come to mind. I wrote to Zeiss to point out the problem, the respondent denied the problem based on how many people have used the lens... so we leave it at they are great at optics, but plan on replacing the lens cap.
    Date published: 2016-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Jewel in the Crown I will join the crowd in praising the Basis 18/2.8 lens as another jewel in the Sony lens lineup. I bought this lens for wide-field astrophography and starry landscapes. It was a hard choice between the this lens and the Loxia 21/2.8, but the wider field and lower (reported) amount of coma clinched the deal. While the Basis does not have manual focusing, per se, the OLED indicated accurately established infinity focus, even without an hard stop. After years of using a variety of DSLRs, we have come to appreciate wide angle lenses on the Sony A7 are sharp from corner to corner. The Basis 18/2.8 is no exception. Furthermore, it is nearly free of flare and sunspots, even under extreme conditions.
    Date published: 2017-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Lens for Landscape Photography I've been using the Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens before I bought this. The sony is ok and sharp enough but so much distortion that you really have to pick you're subject matter carefully. The zeiss lens is amazing with very little distortion and tack sharp edge to edge. Brings me back to my days of shooting with Hasselblad lenses. I am a professional fine art landscape photographer and would absolutely recommend this to anyone as a really good prime lens. I can live without the 2mm I've lost because the quality I have gained is unsurpassed.
    Date published: 2016-12-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp Lens, lots of distortion The lens is design is really slick, it's sharp and has controlled CA. It's not heavy and feels good on my A7Rii. I absolutely love the LED and it's quite useful for landscape. The lens has lots of distortion more than what you would see normally. Lens profiles on both Lightroom and Capture One didn't fix the problem all the way. You have to go in and fix the distortion yourself. It may not always be a problem depending on what you're shooting but if you're shooting cityscapes then you need to fix distortion. See the attached shot that I took of NYC downtown from Jersey City. The scene was really distorted and I had to crop quite a bit to correct it.
    Date published: 2016-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perhaps the best wide angle I've ever used. I am an architectural photographer who shoots mainly high end homes for magazines and real estate agents. My equipment: Sony A7RII + 16-35 FE. Received the Batis 18mm today and immediately placing my 16-35 for sale in Craigslist. THe lens is expensive but amazing. Tack sharp. And somehow handles the camera AWB much much better even though I still do manual white balance. Things I need to get used to are shooting at F2.8 to about F 5.6. I normally shoot at F8-F11 so there's no depth of field problem. However I do like shooting with wider aperture because I'm dealing with dim light situations all the time. I have to place the focus point in the distance as not to blur anything in the foreground. So far, I don't miss the zoom. Also the lens is much lighter than the 16-35. I'm in my late 70s and the less weight to lug around the better.
    Date published: 2016-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This super-wide angle prime got the job done. I picked up this wide angle because I wanted something small and light as possible to take to abroad (Thailand) for my Sony a9. I had other options but honestly they were big and bulky and I was trying to minimize size and weight without sacrificing imagery. The lens is Sharp corner to corner and minimal to no distortion in many of my shots, color was true and the LED was nice to have for certain shots. I took this lens from the temples of Bangkok to the jungle of Chiang Mai to the Islands of Krabi and came home with some amazing images
    Date published: 2018-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes This is truly a great lens. When using manual focus the OLED display on the lens lets me set the hyper focal distance with night time photography. The lens is very well build other than the cheap lens cap that comes with it. And I do mean cheap. How Zeiss could let this lens out the door with this cap is a mystery. If you are smart you will buy a generic lens cap along with the lens. Trust me, the Zeiss cap won't stay on and who needs a scratch on a new lens. It is a nice lens and you won't be disappointed.
    Date published: 2017-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite lens I am an amateur, so I will leave the technical details to those more qualified. I have a Sony A7s ii, and I have all three Zeiss Batis lenses which I use with the camera. The 85mm is great, and the 25mm is a fantastic lens as well, but this has become my walking around lens. The pictures are clear and sharp. It is very fast for auto focus, although I do use manual focus sometimes when the subject is complicated such as the night sky or crowded city streets where the camera has to guess its subject. The photos from this lens seem to match what the eye sees, so that photos look more true to life. If I had only one lens, this would be it for the type of photography that I do. My wife is a realtor. I have used this lens to take interior pictures of homes she has listed for sale. The pictures capture the room size and layout much better than anything she has used in the past. Zeiss lenses are pricey, but in my opinion they are worth the money.
    Date published: 2016-11-04
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    I bought zeiss 18mm on oct.25/2016. right now the steady functionality is broken, it always has strange sound come out. when I shakes it, it seems gone, but it will come back again.. I am in Shanghai now. where can I send for repairing. still within warranty period?
    Asked by: jieping h.
    Please refer to the following link for the appropriate service center closest to you. http://bit.ly/2sqTr14
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Does this lens feature image stabilization like the 85mm Batis does? Thanks!
    Asked by: William B.
    No, the lens itself doesn't but some of the camera body does.
    Answered by: Danny L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    continuous autofocus performance on A7iii?

    continuous autofocus performance on A7iii?
    Asked by: Tony
    The ZEISS Batis lenses are fully compatible with all of the features on the Sony A7 / A9 series cameras, including continuous AF.
    Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
    Date published: 2019-04-15

    does this lens work with hasselblad lunar e ...

    does this lens work with hasselblad lunar e mount?
    Asked by: Peter
    The ZEISS Batis lenses are compatible with any camera using the Sony E mount system, including the Hasselblad Lunar. Since this camera uses an APS-C size sensor, you need to plan for a 1.5x crop factor.
    Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
    Date published: 2019-02-27

    Has anyone experienced issues where the focus ...

    Has anyone experienced issues where the focus motor gets stuck and the motor keeps make noise untill I turn off the camera? it happened to me once.
    Asked by: Mohamed
    No haven't had any problems.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-03-01

    will this lens work with the autofocus on the a7 ...

    will this lens work with the autofocus on the a7 iii, primarily for video on a gimble?
    Asked by: Dan
    The Zeiss lens has a auto focus motor so yes, AF will work continuously during video.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2018-11-29


    Hi, I bought this lens on may 7, when is going to be able to ship it?
    Asked by: Alex D.
    I apologize, but this type of request cannot be taken care of through this feature of our website. Please contact our Customer Service department by entering Live Chat, emailing directly to cs@<a href= http://bhphoto.com, target= _blank >bhphoto.com,</a> or calling us toll-free at 800.221.5743.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    When the item is available. Could this item be shipped to Hong Kong. If yes, what is the shipping cost and the expected days for delivery (approx.)?
    Asked by: David W.
    You may calculate your actual shipping options/order totals by adding the items you want to a shopping cart. It will then list the shipping options, descriptions, ETA's and fees to your location.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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    ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Q&A

    ZEISS Batis 18mm f/2.8 Accessories

    Designed For Use With:

    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6400
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony NEX-EA50M E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-FS700R E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-VG30 E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-VG900 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS5 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS7 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2 E-Mount
    • Thom Alpha A6300
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