Prime Lenses for the Mirrorless Age

ZEISS introduces the new Batis 2.8/18 super wide-angle lens.

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ZEISS introduces the new Batis 2.8/18 super wide-angle lens.
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Photographers know that their camera is only as good as the lens on it. That’s why it’s exciting that ZEISS is bringing its high-quality optics to the Sony full-frame mirrorless system with E-mount.

Its newest lens, the ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 brings a super wide-angle perspective to the Batis family. With a diagonal angular field of 99 degrees, the new lens is perfect for shooting landscapes, architecture, interiors, and astronomy.

The fast lens is built with nine aperture blades, providing a harmonious, circular bokeh when shooting wide open, and exceptional optics from ZEISS provide luminous sharpness across the entire image. The Batis lenses have been designed with today’s high-resolution digital sensors in mind, to give you the most details and contrast out of your modern camera.

Photographers who adopted mirrorless cameras for their compact sizes will appreciate that the new Batis 2.8/18 is currently the shortest full-frame fixed focal length lens with autofocus. The ZEISS Batis lenses are also dust and weather sealed, making them perfect companions for the working photographer.

An innovative OLED display shows you the focus distance and depth of field, even under low light. The fast autofocus with linear motors quietly locks onto its subject, while a handy rubberized focus ring makes it easy to focus manually as well.

The Batis 2.8/18 is constructed with 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. Its floating elements design compensates for aberrations of the lenses for subjects at all distances.

The ZEISS Batis lenses are named after a small bird from Africa that’s known for its quick reflexes and a colorful plumage rich in contrasts. It’s an apt name for the Batis lenses that focus quickly and capture images rich in detail. Together with the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 lenses, ZEISS rounds up a compelling family of prime lenses for the modern mirrorless camera.

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