Zeiss has officially announced the new Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. The Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 lens costs $1,499 in USD, now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video and Adorama.com (Pre-order links will be available soon). It will be released in May, 2016.
Featuring a diagonal field of view of 99 degrees, this lens is the widest lens in the series and features a respectable f/2.8 aperture, making it a great option for landscapes, architecture, astrophotography, and for impressive interior shots of small spaces. The fast, quiet AF drive with linear motors keeps the subject sharply in focus.
The super wide-angle camera lens has 11 lens elements in ten groups, and draws on the ZEISS Distagon optical design. Four of the lens elements are aspheric on both sides, and seven are made from special types of glass, two of which have aspheric surfaces, to combat aberrations. The Floating Elements design permits consistently high image performance in the entire focal plane, from the minimum object distance to infinity.
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens sample images at Flickr.
- Focal length –18 mm
- Aperture range — f/2.8 — f/22
- Lens elements / groups — 11/10
- Focusing range — 0.25 m (9.8 “) — infinity
- Free Working distance — 0.17 m (6.7 “) — infinity
- Angular field (diag. / horiz. / vert.) — 99° / 90° / 67°
- Diameter of image field — 43.3 mm (1.7 “)
- Coverage at close range (MOD) — 227 x 340 mm (8.9 x 13.4 “)
- Image ratio at MOD — 1:9.5
- Filter thread — M77 x 0.75
- Max. diameter (with lens shade) — 100 mm (3.9 “)
- Diameter of the focus ring — 78 mm (3.1 “)
- Length (without lens caps) — 80 mm (3.1 “)
- Length (with lens caps) – 95 mm (3.7 “)
- Weight (without lens caps) — 330 g (0.74 lbs)
- Camera mounts — E Mount