Landscape photography can be a relaxing way to spend time with nature. But let’s be honest, it can also get pretty intense — especially for your gear. You need a versatile lens that consistently delivers on the optical quality you demand, while also being tough enough to withstand intensive use in various weather conditions. And bonus if it’s lightweight.

We think we’ve found “the one.”

Here’s why the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 super-wide angle lens is the best lens for landscape photography.

It’s weather sealed and up for anything.

With the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens you can go ahead and get close enough to feel the mist from a waterfall or climb up a dusty mountain path without worrying about your lens. Designed to keep dust and water spray out, this lens works in various weather conditions, just like you.

Photo of boat on shore taken with Zeiss Batis 18mm lens
Photo by Lucinda Marland

It’s lightweight and versatile.

The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens lets you go from photographing the hustle and bustle of the city to a majestic mountain peak to a brilliant seaside sunset without changing lenses. Weighing under a pound, it’s perfect for all-day travel or hiking. And the super quiet, accurate autofocus lets you blend in with your surroundings, whether you’re taking stills or video.

Plus, we’re loving the minimum focus distance of just 9.8 inches and max aperture of f/2.8. So, in addition to those super-wide angle shots where you’re getting everything in the frame, you can get in closer on a subject for some creative angles and good bokeh.

Landscape photo of house in trees
Photo by Irwin Wong

It delivers superior image quality.

The thing about landscape photography is that you want those sharp, vivid images every single time. The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens uses a high-tech optical design to keep out stray light, which allows you to get vivid, richly saturated images with great contrast.

Plus, Zeiss combines sharpness, 3D pop and true color elements in all of its Batis lenses to give you their signature “Zeiss look.” This gives your photos excellent color rendition with superior contrast and sharpness, even when printed large.

Photo of city at night taken with Zeiss Batis 18m lens
Photo by Nicole Tait

It’s innovative.

The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens combines innovative features to make it super user friendly. The OLED display, which shows focus distance and depth of field, helps in close-up and long-distance shooting situations. Plus, the Zeiss anti-reflective T*-coating prevents ghosting and unwanted flare in tricky lighting situations.

Photo of man in workshop under single light
Photo by Irwin Wong
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens

The specs

Focal length: 18mm
Aperture range: f/2.8 to f/22
Filter size: 77mm
Configuration: 11 elements in 10 groups
Durability: Protection from dust and water spray
Image stabilization: No
Autofocus: Yes
Weight: 330 grams (less than one pound)
Price: $1,499
Compatibility: Sony E-Mount mirrorless cameras

Feature photo by Christian Dandyk.

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