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42MP Sony A7R II
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Distagon

Examples: Eastern Sierra High Country Closeups (Sony A7R II)

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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f2.8 @ 1/100 sec, ISO 200; 2016-08-28 18:20:00
Sony A7R II + ZEISS Batis 2.8/18

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