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

reviewer#44288 date: May-16-2019
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Samyang 18mm. Sony 24mm GM. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Zeiss FE 35mm. Sony 35mm f1.8 FE. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
price paid:£1000.00
positive:Well made, weather sealed, excellent IQ. Balanced on the camera.
negative:Hood plastic is not a perfect match for the black of the lens.
Now showing it's age and getting overtaken by newer designs.
comment:This lens is sharp corner to corner when stopped down to f4 and when shooting at 3 meters or more. Wide open and close to, it is outgunned by the 16-35GM and now, 2020, the Samyang 18mm f2.8 FE for a fraction of the price.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.60
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.70
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