ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

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ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount


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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Apochromatic Sonnar Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • OLED Display for Focus Distance and DoF
  • Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Dust- and Weather-Sealed Construction
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ZEISS 135mm f/2.8 overview

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Mixing advanced optics with contemporary performance, the Batis 135mm f/2.8 from ZEISS is a mid-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Characterized as an apochromat, the Sonnar optical design helps to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing, and also benefits overall sharpness and clarity. Additionally, a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied that suppresses lens flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.

Complementing the optical performance, the Batis 135mm f/1.8 also sports a unique OLED display on the top of the lens barrel to indicate focus distance and depth of field range for quickly recognizing your focusing parameters. In regard to autofocus, a linear motor delivers quick and quiet focusing performance and, additionally, optical image stabilization is also featured to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.

An ideal portrait-length lens, this telephoto prime has been designed specifically for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however it can also be used on APS-C models where it will provide a 202.5mm equivalent focal length.
Apochromatic Sonnar optical design significantly reduces color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity, sharpness, and color fidelity.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Integrated OLED display on the top of the lens shows the distance of the focal plane from the camera as well as the depth of field range for quickly recognizing the parameters of focus in use, even when working in low-light conditions.
Optical image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.
Linear motors benefit the autofocus performance of the lens and provide smooth, fast, and quiet operation. For manual focusing, a rubberized ring offers greater tactile control for precise placement of focus.
Dust and weather-sealed construction benefits using the lens in inclement shooting conditions.
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ZEISS 135mm f/2.8 specs

Focal Length 135mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 18°
Minimum Focus Distance 2.85' (87 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.3
Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.19 x 4.72" (81 x 120 mm)
Weight 1.35 lb (614 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.6 x 6.6 x 5.5"

ZEISS 135mm f/2.8 reviews

Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some of the best glass I own I recently purchased my first Sony Alpha fullframe mirrorless camera and am obsessed with them, but thats a different story. I recently purchased this lens and love it as much as the other Zeiss Batis lenses I own. The Zeiss Batis line is the best prime glass you can get for the Sony alpha fullframe and some of the best glass you can buy. The amount of light that these lenses let in along with the clarity and vibrance and lack of distortion or reflections is mind-blowing. If you like to shoot short/medium telephoto prime then this is the lens for you. I like it over the Canon telephoto primes I use with my metabones converter.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Lenses Ever Made This lens is expensive and worth every penny. I tested it on a full frame 36 MP Sony A7R body outdoors on a tripod shooting cars and live models. The resolution is better than the best I have seen with any other lens. The eyelashes on the models are as clear as I have ever seen. Many shots were taken with the sun behind the models. There was absolutely no lens flare and contrast was maintained perfectly. Auto focusing is quite rapid and exact. The weight is quite reasonable and the lens balances well on the camera. I shot several hand held shots and found the optical stabilization quite effective. I have never seen a lens of this high quality resolution and contrast.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This completes my set from 18 to 135. I like the Batis line for two main reasons. Firstly, the manual focus system with the meter on the lens assists in finding the hyper focal point perfect every time. Just need to make sure your foreground element falls within the near focus point. Second, is the auto focus, which for a while has been of limited availability for the Sony A7 series. I found myself shooting mostly wide angle, and missing some opportunities to layer images. The 85 was a start, but the 135 does it even better. Naturally, the reduced DoF from the longer lens makes this more of an isolation of subject situation, whereas the wide angles can get everything in focus. For you pixel peepers, the glass is plenty sharp.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you Zeiss! FE 135mm!!! I received the lens yesterday and was able to talk my daughter into a quick test shoot by the lake. Very nice performing lens! Eye AFC worked great on the A7RII. Even at 2.8 the lens has a shallow depth of field and produces very nice Bokeh.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing lens Perfect lens on Sony A7rii, size is great, optically incredible, fast accurate focus, I am very happy
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Optically Perfect, Superb on FF and APSC I cant really fault this lens optically and it feels very well balanced on A7RII and surprising well on a6500 - I might even prefer the lens on that camera with its (slightly) superior focusing speed. The colors and contrast are unreal, and while the Rokinon 135mm f/2 I own is slightly sharper even wide open at f/2, it has much less contrast and the colors are slightly muted compared to the Zeiss lens. Given you can bring those back in post, essentially you're paying a $1500 premium for Eye-AF while losing a tiny bit of sharpness and more importantly a full stop of light. Thats a tough bargain. But. BUT! But don't underestimate the effects of an APO lens. It is the first APO lens Ive owned and it does make a difference in any high contrast scene, everything is cleaner, fine details have a more natural look and specular highlights look just amazing. I think the complaints about 2.8 are totally overblown as you still get massive depth of field at 135mm, while the size and weight of the lens is ideal. The lens is easily worth the asking price for me. The only people complaining about it are people who haven't bought it.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome lens Wonderful lens. Sharp focus, beautiful bokeh, fast and quiet focus. I was able to take beautiful portraits, phenomenal sports shots. Love this lens!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First impression impressive Remarkably sharp and focusing surprisingly accurate with sony a7r11 in the AF-C mode. �Long time user of canon 5d3 & 135 f.20. �Still getting used to idea of f2.8 fastest aperture and miss the Canon AF but IQ & bokeh more than worth it. �May upgrade to sony a7riii for AF but lens super.
Date published: 2017-12-13
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