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These examples assess imaging performance at very close range, that is, at or near MOD (minimum object distance). Many lenses drop in performance as MOD is approached; not so with the Batis 18/2.8.
About close-range shooting
Going very close and wide angle can be stimulating, creatively speaking. At close range, the depth of field is minimal even at f/13, but context need not be sharp: it is often the juxtaposition of sharpness against unsharpness that makes an image “pop”.
The about $1499 Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 focuses to 25 cm / 9.8 in at 1:9.5, making juxtaposition of very near and very distance elements possible. Unlike the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 which is manual focus, the autofocus of the Zeiss Batis 18/2.8 helps greatly when flowers are waving in the wind, or when perched on a slippery rock in the middle of a stream or on a loose steep slope, etcetera: it’s just to awkward to focus manually. All images shown on this page were handheld, the low shutter speeds being a testament to the value of Sony IBIS (SteadyShot image stabilization).
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