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

reviews found: 5   
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-35 Sony-Zeiss f4
price paid:1500 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
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: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Zeiss FE 35mm. 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.
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.
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
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
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: 5   

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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