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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  • 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

  • 1Description

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) 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 5.0 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp lens in with a small, elegant design This is an expensive 2.8 lens and I haven't used it extensively just yet, but so far it's fast to focus and very crisp. �Personally I'm glad it's not a faster lens because one of the main reasons I made the purchase is for the size and weight. �I have the 70-200 f4 and this lens is a good 1/3 smaller and lighter. �Some knee issues are forcing me to be very aware of how heavy my equipment is. �I also have the Batis 85 mm and it's handy that the series (so far) has the same filter size. �I'm going to use this lens on my Sony A7r III with the 55mm Sony and the 28mm Sony on an upcoming trip. �Looking forward to seeing what I can capture.
Date published: 2018-05-11
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 Hands down my favorite lens I am a portrait photographer and this is my favorite lens. The color rendering on skin is beautiful and this lens has so much detail especially on eyes. Fast focus and� gorgeous bokeh. It seems more like� an f1.8 lens as at 2.8 if the eyes are in focus on a head shot the ears are already out of focus so I don't miss the wider aperture. I also own the 85mm Batis but it gets little use as the 135mm is that good.� Beautiful when shooting towards the sun as in my sample picture below. The price is high but the image quality is worth every penny. Highly recommend if you are a portrait photographer.
Date published: 2018-05-01
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 Just as I thought��� (� BEAUTIFUL ) I have had about 15 years experience with� Zeiss� lenses� for Nikon and have the Batis 25mm and 85mm . This 135mm has the most beautiful rendering of any lens. Its extremely sharp of course , But for me the way the lens draws� ( rendering ) , With the� micro contrast� Creating a visual impact ( pop ) to the photo is� most important to me. Many good lenses claim sharpness to the photo and yes they are sharp, But can they draw the viewer in with that elusive 3D Zeiss rendering ? ���� Now for the Bad , Its on the expensive side of a lens
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a very satisfying lens Of my string of 135mm lenses over the years, this is the best. �My previous Minolta and then a Sony 135 f1.8 lenses were my best. �Before getting this one, I worried that the f2.8 would not match the 1.8. �Surprisingly I don't miss the razor thin depth of field of the 1.8. �I do however greatly appreciate the lesser weight and the many other features of this 2.8 making this a very easy lens to use. It produces a wonderful rendering and bokeh. A marvelous lens that will get lots of use and promises to produce my best images. � Thank you Sony/Zeiss.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical The best lens I have ever owned so far. I'm a hobby photographer and for me the optic and weight of the lens is important. I use the lens mostly for portraits paired with my Sony A7 II. It works flawless. Optically a masterpiece, everything that you'll expect from Zeiss. Light, quiet, fast enough, great autofocus and magical bokeh. Worth every penny. My only complain is that the lens cup is not fitting tight, so I'm pretty sure I will lose it one day. If you consider to add that lens to your collection , you won't regret.
Date published: 2018-04-24
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Designed for use with:

  • Sony NEX-EA50M
  • Sony PXW-FS5
  • Sony PXW-FS7
  • Sony PXW-FS7M2
  • Sony Alpha A5000
  • Sony Alpha A5100
  • Sony Alpha A6000
  • Sony Alpha A6300
  • Sony Alpha A6500
  • Sony Alpha A7
  • Sony Alpha A7 II
  • Sony Alpha A7 III
  • Sony Alpha A7R
  • Sony Alpha A7R II
  • Sony Alpha A7R III
  • Sony Alpha A7S
  • Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Sony Alpha A9
  • Sony Alpha a7
  • Sony Alpha A6500
  • Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Sony A7R III
  • Sony NEX-EA50M
  • Sony NEX-EA50UH
  • Sony NEX-FS700R
  • Sony NEX-VG30
  • Sony NEX-VG900
  • Sony PXW-FS5
  • Sony PXW-FS5M2
  • Sony PXW-FS7
  • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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