Zeiss 18mm F2.8 Batis E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 7   
reviewer#47010 date: Jun-8-2024
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 17-35 f3.5
Sigma 16-28 f2.8
price paid:€500 used
positive:- little to no distortion
- pretty sharp wide open
- virtually no fringing
negative:- strong diffraction starting around f10
- sharpness very poor at small apertures
- micro contrasts aren't very good, even at apertures where the lens performs well
comment:Not sure if it's just the model that I used to own, but diffraction kicks in hard around f10 to the point where the photos become unusable. Micro contrasts completely disappear around f14/16 and fine textures become muddy and soft. I generally don't like to focus stack in landscape photography and rather close the aperture and have pretty much everything in focus and I have many lenses that do perform much better at small apertures, so I was pretty disappointed that a supposed high-end Zeiss lens delivers such poor image quality starting at f10. I decided to buy the Sigma 16-28 f2.8 instead, which has a sticker price of about €200 less than the Zeiss and surprisingly it performs much better at small apertures and has much nicer micro contrasts.
reviewer#46932 date: Apr-12-2023
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony/Zeiss 16-36mm f4
Minolta 20mm f2.8
price paid:700
positive:Wide angle of view
Exceptional sharpness and contrast
Very little distortion
Light weight and compact
negative:Nothing significant
comment:An outstanding lens with excellent sharpness from corner to corner. Distortion is minimal. Great contrast. I have mentioned this in other reviews, but I love the color and image quality across all of the Batis lenses. You can purchase this lens on the used market for less than $700 making it an excellent value. I bought mine for $650 and it came with two Zeiss filters.
reviewer#44432 date: Nov-29-2019
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-35 Sony-Zeiss f4
price paid:1300 EUR
positive:Everything really, sharpness corner to corner even wide open, color, microcontrast, flare resistance is phenomenal, zeiss pop and color.
negative:Nothing
comment:Difficult focal length but with the right subject it is beautiful
reviewer#44349 date: Aug-16-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-35 f4
price paid:1050 gbp (LCE)
positive:Package, Sharpness, Auto focus, Colors, Weight, Usefull LED display
negative:Shape, Hood,Price, Focus ring
comment:Very good, but very expensive. Sharp end to end.
Shape a bit un-even makes it hard to have in the bag especially with hood upside down.
Focus ring could be better.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 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.
reviewer#44092 date: Jun-25-2018
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:I own a ZA 24 2.0 and use it with the LA-EA3.
The ZA 24 2.0 is a high performer, the Batis 18 2.8 has better corner performance at same f numbers
price paid:1200€
positive:Extreme sharp, not heavy, silet AF, no CA
Best wide-angle lens currently available for A7rIII
Protection against dust and spray water
Lens is very well centered and shows no difference in corner performance (is quite rare for a uwa lens).
negative:less vignetting wide open would be nice
comment:I was searching quite long for an ultra-wide lens for night sky photography. I tested Samyang 16 2.4 for Canon with Sigma adapter, the Sigma Art 14 f1.8 and the Sony mount Samyang 14 2.8 AF
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 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.
reviews found: 7   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.64
  • color: 4.57
  • build: 4.57
  • distortion: 4.86
  • flare control: 4.71
  • overall: 4.67

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