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Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Upper Conness Lake

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It has been a while since I had shot the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 much, but I did so with a variety of ad-hoc images while hiking with my daughter recently. Autofocus is essential for grab shots while hiking steep or boulder-filled terrain.

That said, I got out the tripod for this distant landscape scene , which evaluates sharpness across the field as well as secondary color correction.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Aperture Series: Upper Conness Lake

Includes images from f/2.8 through f/11 at up to full camera resolution.

The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 is a strong performer, but we seem to be entering a golden age of new optical designs, and I for one am eager to see how much better it can get, what with the impressive Hasselblad XCD 21m f/4, a lens that covers medium format. What stellar designs might emerge from Canon and Nikon now that the DSLR mirror box has been abandoned, and from Panasonic full frame going forward?

Sparkling Sun, Rock Creek Lake
f6.3 @ 1/320 sec, ISO 100; 2018-09-11 15:57:20 [location “Upper Conness Lake”, altitude 10700 ft / 3261 m]
Sony A7R III + ZEISS Batis 2.8/18

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