Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 review: wide-angle autofocus lens for Sony shooters

Unusually, the Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 is a Zeiss prime with autofocus and the electronic attractions don’t stop there.

Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8
(Image: © Zeiss)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I like that the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 gives me an ultra-wide-angle perspective and that, while the f/2.8 aperture isn’t exactly ‘fast’, it enables a reasonably small and lightweight build. Unlike most Zeiss lenses, it has autofocus and even an OLED display. Image quality and performance are mostly fabulous and the lens is a joy to use, but it’s pricey to buy and sharpness at the extreme edges and corners of the frame could be better.


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    Quick, virtually silent autofocus

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    OLED display

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    Mostly excellent image quality


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    Mediocre edge-sharpness

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    Modest aperture rating

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    Pricey to buy

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The Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 is from a family of Zeiss lenses named after a sub-Saharan flycatching bird. They’re all made specifically for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and a full-frame compatible, although naturally can also be used on Sony’s APS-C format E-mount bodies. The 18mm is the most wide-angle lens in the line-up, while siblings include the 24mm f/2, 40mm f/2 CF (Close Focus), 85mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/2.8. That covers most bases.


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Mount optionsSony E (FE)
Lens construction11 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view99 degrees
Focus typeAutofocus
Minimum aperturef/22
Minimum focus distance0.25m
Maximum magnification0.11x
Filter size77mm

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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