Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 Ultra Wide-Angle E-Mount Prime Lens

The gallery of Ultra HD Images can be found at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskDTjYn1

The first few files are available at full resolution with a link to the Raw file (compressed DNG).
The review used a Carl Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 Lens on loan from CR Kennedy, Melbourne Australia.

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Mark Galer is the Sony Alpha Ambassador for Australia


Adam Simmons says:

Thank you for the information, and the sample files. Great work!

Donatas P says:

Thats it, I’m going for this one 🙂

Sasidhar Pamganamamula says:

Hi Mark – great review.

I currently have the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and I enjoy the field of view so I’m a little concerned about making the switch to the 18mm Batis (so the Voigtlander would be better for me esp given it’s awesome size and IQ).

Having said that, I also have a small baby daughter so I take plenty of portrait pics (and the autofocus of the Batis would be a blessing).

So two quick questions:

1) Is the Batis sharper than the Voigtlander?
2) Is the loss of the field of view (15mm to 18mm) worth getting the autofocus?


Silver Whale says:

what a sweet guy.

ViralSocials says:

Thanks for the review you are awesome

Roman Bordo says:

Guys, please help I can’t decide what take Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 or Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 for SONY A7R. I do Video/Photo 60%/40%. The Main pros for 16-35, stabilization in the lens, as A7R doesn’t have it in the body and zoom, but I’m not sure about the image quality, especially after my Sony 55 F/1.8. Batis no stabilization and no zoom, but I’m sure about image quality and sharpness is exceptional. Please, any advice will be very appreciating. In future, of course, I gonna to change body on A7RII or SII.

Colin Johnson says:

How does it compare to the Loxia 21mm?

obayed haque says:

Thanks Mark for the short review of the Batis 18 /2,8. Wondering, if I have to chose between the Batis 18mm vs 25mm, which one should be a better option? Or, G-Master 24-70 is a better buy?
I know the differences between these lens but my photography budget can only buy one lens!

Much thanks. Greetings from Vancouver Island 🙂

Taylor Moore says:

Truly outstanding pictures. Gorgeous.

Mahar freethe4 says:

Thank you for the review, very nice and clear 😉

Shawn Shing says:

Why not 18mm for a-mount ? So are a-mount body through away ? SONY !?

NETVO TV says:

Will the OKED last as long as the lens?

Nick Carrigan says:

Nice review Mark. One thing that surprises a lot of people about the Batis lens series is their weight. I own the Batis 85 and everyone assumes it’s a beast of a lens. When they pick up my A7R2+85 they’re very surprised by the overall weight. I prefer the Batis 85mm over the Sony 85GM due to physical features. Also, from my experience, the Batis is more refined too. I can’t wait to get my Batis 18. It’s another winner from Zeiss.

Laurence Muller says:

Thanks for the review Mark! Q: After trying both the Batis 18 and Voigtlander 15, which one would you bring along if you could only take one on a long remote trip? Do you find the Batis sharper than the Voigtlander? Do you think 15 vs 18mm is that significant? I’m still debating on which one to get. Owning a A7s2, I’m not too concerned about F4.5 but sharpness would be a dealbreaker for me.

Stephen Hibbs says:

Sorry but aren’t you a sony rep. If so your never going to say anything bad about sony lenses or zeiss

Tugboat says:

2.8 v 1.8 is it a big difference

ACiD_ ReinX says:

Just got the Zeiss 25m 2.0 and 18m and they are awesome lens on my A7II 🙂

محمد العرادي says:

Hi, Is there a filter compatible with this lens? I hope you tell me the type of filter

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