By David Schloss
The ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 lens, designed for Sony’s E-mount cameras, is a bit of a departure for the company. Best known for their legendary, high-end manual-focus lenses, Zeiss has carved out a customer base of photographers looking for excellent image quality, sturdy build yet without autofocus because, as the company’s website puts it, “manual focusing promotes creativity in the design of the image.”
The Batis line, however, seems to have sprung forth from the company’s two-decade-long partnership with Sony—ZEISS lenses can be found on everything from their cameras to camcorders—a modern implementation of the Zeiss optical heritage. Designed from the ground up for the Sony system, the lenses feature autofocus and a more modern design than their manual lenses, albeit with a slightly less “hefty” feel.
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