Zeiss 18mm F2.8 Batis E-mount lens review by Dibok

reviewer#27598 date: Jun-6-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:1635ZA2.8, FE1635 both at around 18mm.
The ZA was quite soft in the corners up to f5.6 at 24MP, up to f8 at 42MP. Everything else was quite well controlled. The FE1635 has far better border resolution, but corners are not getting tack sharp unless you stop down to f8 or f11 (but then you already have to watch out for diffraction). Colors are not so nice than with the ZA or the Batis. The Batis is simply better at all disciplines. It is a joy to use, and it can be a "sun star machine" - it produces so nice ones. :-)
price paid:1.420 €
positive:Sharpness across the frame, Colors, Contrast, filter thread, low CA
negative:If I would be nitpicky I could say, that vignetting and flare resistance is around average for that class.
comment:It is pricy, but worth every € I paid for it. I used it at a two week hiking and it did a perfect job. There is still no correction profile available (neither for LR nor DxO), but you would miss such only for few situations I can promise.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.90
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.86
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