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|Weight||13.90 oz (394 g)|
|Filter Thread||Front: 52 mm|
|Dimensions (DxL)||Approx. 2.44 x 2.83" (62.1 x 72 mm)|
|Format Compatibility||35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital SensorAPS-C|
|Angle of View||91°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||9.84" (25 cm)|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||1:7.81|
|Aperture||Maximum: f/2.8Minimum: f/22|
|Camera Mount Type||Sony E (Full-Frame)|
I was initially torn between the Batis 18 and the Loxia 21. I had a lot of trepidation contemplating the purchase of a manual focus lens, especially to pair with such an advanced camera system such as the Sony A7Rii.
Fantastic performance in a small package. My only complaint is the tactile issue of focus and aperture. It's hard to go from one to the other with the camera at eye level, as both the control rings are relatively smooth and the same diameter. I also use manual focus Zeiss Contax lenses.
After years of using auto focus lens, this took some rethinking. After making that adjustment, the results are very rewarding. This lens is small, but very solid. If used properly, there is very little wide angle distortion. The sharpness and contrast are it's other great virtues.
This is my first Zeiss lens, not the first prime. I had to make a decision between Batis 18mm vs Loxia 21mm and that wasn't an easy decision to make. I tried both lenses; both performed equally well but the Loxia edged slightly ahead.
I use on Sony A7S. Very sharp edge to edge. When using for astrophotography at f2.8 somewhat hard to focus in dark since has no hard infinity stop.
Yes it is manual. But I've got full control with my SONY A7Rii. Need a small hand to work on this lens. Hood comes off easily. A little loose. Overall it is a great lens.
A high quality lens
Excellent image quality. Super sharp. I purchased this lens specifically for landscapes in the Canadian Rockies. I prefer a larger perspective than a 21mm lens provides. Accordingly, I did not use this lens much. If I ever really do need a 21mm lens, this is the go to lens.
My best lens... for landscape, photo group (more than 10) and architecture... Portable and best IQ... Spectacular star light (sun and artificial sources of lights)!
The lens does not hard stop at infinity, this would not be much of an issue if the focus ring was not so sensitive to the tiniest nudge. It is extremely easy to accidentally nudge the focus ring with a knuckle and move it past infinity, now all your shots are ruined.