New 18mm ZEISS Super Wide-Angle Autofocus Lens for Sony

Product Summary

  • Model name: ZEISS Batis 18mm f2.8
  • Release Date: 14th April 2016
  • Focus Type: Autofocus / Manual
  • Format : Full Frame / APS-C
  • Mounts: Sony E-mount
  • Availability: May 2016
  • Price: $1499
  • Purchase options: Adorama | B&H

Key features

  • 18mm super wide-angle autofocus lens
  • Full-frame compatibility
  • ZEISS Distagon optical design
  • OLED display
  • Dust and weather seals

The ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 expands the Batis range of lenses with a super wide-angle lens. For the Sony1) á system with E-mount the new lens, which features a diagonal angular field of 99 degrees, is currently the shortest full-frame fixed focal length with autofocus. The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 with innovative OLED display to show focus distance and depth of field is also impressive thanks to its high image quality across the entire image field. The lens will be available from May 2016.

“The ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 follows on from the highly successful first two focal lengths the ZEISS Batis 2/25 and the ZEISS Batis 1.8/85. In spite of the extremely wide angle, we have succeeded in adapting the image quality of the ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 perfectly to the two different lens types,” says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product Manager of ZEISS Camera Lenses. “With the expansion of the ZEISS Batis range of lenses, we are offering creative and discerning photographers yet another professional tool,” says Pollmann. With the ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 customers can now enjoy the super wide-angle full-frame lens they’ve been waiting for.

A vast range of applications

The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 is impressive on account of its high image quality across the entire image field. “By virtue of the large diagonal angular field of 99 degrees, this lens is ideal for capturing unique images in landscape, architectural and astro photography and for impressive interior shots of small spaces,” continues Pollmann.

Features for discerning users

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. The Floating Elements design permits constantly high image performance in the focal plane – from the minimum object distance to infinity.

The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 also features an innovative OLED display to show focus distance and depth of field depending on the camera sensor used. “The electronic display is easy to read even in low light,” explains Pollmann. The fast, quiet AF drive with linear motors keeps the subject sharply in focus. In addition to the autofocus, a handy, rubberized focus ring supports precise manual focusing – meaning the photographer has full creative freedom when it comes to image composition. ZEISS Batis lenses are also equipped with dust and weather seals, allowing them to be used in even the harshest weather conditions. All ZEISS Batis lenses support all the operating modes and functions of the current range of E-mount cameras.

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The origins of the name Batis

Since 2013, new ZEISS lenses in one series have been given the same family name that conveys a common identity. These family names have been derived from the Latin names for birds. The name Batis is derived from a small bird that is found in the forests and scrub of Africa. These birds are characterized by great speed, excellent reflexes and boast a plumage rich in contrasts. Metaphorically speaking, this also applies to the ZEISS Batis lenses, whose fast autofocus enables photographers to capture stunning shots rich in contrasts.

In addition to the ZEISS Batis range of lenses, there are two further ZEISS ranges for Sony E-mount cameras: the ZEISS Touit and the ZEISS Loxia.

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Focal length18 mm
Aperture rangef/2.8 – f/22
Lens elements / groups11/10
Focusing range0.25 m (9.8 “) – infinity
Free Working distance0.17 m (6.7 “) – infinity
Angular field 3) (diag. / horiz. / vert.)99° / 90° / 67°
Diameter of image field43.3 mm (1.7 “)
Coverage at close range (MOD) 3)227 x 340 mm (8.9 x 13.4 “)
Image ratio at MOD1:9.5
Rotation angle of focus ring (inf – MOD)Focusing not mechanically coupled. Rotation angle depending on rotation speed.
Filter threadM77 x 0.75
Max. diameter (with lens shade)100 mm (3.9 “)
Diameter of the focus ring78 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 mountsE-mount

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