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ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E

BH #ZE13528 • MFR #2136-695
ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Eight Low Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic Sonnar Optical Design
Mixing advanced optics with contemporary performance, the Batis 135mm f/2.8 from ZEISS is a mid-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Characterized as an apochromat, the Sonnar optical design, along with the use of eight anomalous partial dispersion elements, helps to effectively eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and rendering. A floating elements system is also used, for consistent performance throughout the focusing range, in order to achieve even sharpness and illumination. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in difficult lighting conditions.
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ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Overview

Mixing advanced optics with contemporary performance, the Batis 135mm f/2.8 from ZEISS is a mid-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Characterized as an apochromat, the Sonnar optical design, along with the use of eight anomalous partial dispersion elements, helps to effectively eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and rendering. A floating elements system is also used, for consistent performance throughout the focusing range, in order to achieve even sharpness and illumination. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in difficult lighting conditions.

Batis-series lenses are distinguished by their innovative use of an OLED display on the lens barrel, which highlights the focus distance and depth of field range for quickly recognizing your focusing parameters. As an autofocus lens, linear motors are used to deliver quick, quiet, and smooth focusing performance to suit both stills and video applications. Additionally, this lens incorporates optical image stabilization to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working with slower shutter speeds and a dust- and weather-sealed construction lends itself to shooting in trying environments.

Short telephoto prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 202.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Sonnar optical concept suits the combination of a large maximum aperture and long focal length, and also contributes to notable sharpness, well-controlled flare, and high contrast.
Apochromatic optical design utilizes eight anomalous partial dispersion elements to virtually eliminate color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Optical image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 2.9' to infinity.
Integrated OLED display on the top of the lens shows the working focus distance as well as the depth of field range for quickly recognizing the parameters of focus in use, even when working in low-light conditions.
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.

ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Specs

Focal Length135mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View18°
Minimum Focus Distance2.85' / 87 cm
Maximum Magnification0.19x
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.86 x 4.72" / 98 x 120 mm
Weight1.35 lb / 614 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.7 x 6.85 x 5.5"

ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Reviews

Impressive!

By Kathleen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-03

So far, I'm really impressed with this lens. It focuses quickly, I can get sharp images at 1/15th of a second, the bokeh is very nice, as is the color, and, for its speed and focal length, it's pretty lightweight. I'm looking forward to taking it with me on a trip to Paris this May along with shorter fixed focal length lenses. I considered getting Sony's 135mm f/1.8 lens, but I opted for the Zeiss Batis because of its weight-plus it's a pretty darn good lens!

Perfect weight and size for high quality travel

By Nikolas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-28

I got the 18, 40 and 135 at 30% off in Norway. I wanted a lightweight travel kit, and leave my GMs at home. Paired with the A7RIV the results are better than what I expected.

It is a Winner

By Barbara
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-30

Because of neck issues, I can not use a full telephoto & during the pandemic I have been trying to photograph birds in the backyard. This does an excellent job.

Phenomenal sharpness and contrast.

By Devon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-12

Beyond excellent quality, decently low weight, quick to autofocus. Contrast is beautiful, the lens can easily keep up with my A7RIV. Try to avoid dusty areas, as I ended up with some dust in the lens very early into its lifespan. I haven't found a moment where the OLED screen is needed, but I can see the reason for having it, and it looks nice as well. If there was one gripe I have, it is that the body is prone to collecting fingerprints.

Yes ... it really does haver that 'POP'

By Jerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-25

I've been wanting this lens for months ... I finally purchased and couldn't be happier. Incredibly sharp and yes, it does have that 3D 'POP'. Auto focus was super fast. Purchased for weddings but I love snapping bird photos as well. Taken with a Sony a7iii in crop mode to get that extra reach. Another words only 9 MP's and I even cropped in a bit in Lightroom. 1/500, F/2.8, ISO-320, 0.7 EC

Excellent Realworld Performance

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-02

I bought this lens primarily for kids sports, mid range wildlife on 2-3 hr hikes, and in general capturing life/not staged/surprise portraits from a 25'-50' working distance. Used on both an a6000 and a7riii. Handling - supurb, very light for a 135mm, fits my hands well. Used without sunshade without any flaring/ghost issues. No concerns with multi hour hikes (also, excellent weather sealing and no dust so far). Action- very fast autofocus, no issues keeping up with little electrons running around the yard. Could not keep up with kids on swingsets. Most gymnastic routines had good sharpness at 1/1000 shutter with an occasional slight AF prediction offset. Sharpness - very good at center to edge. Best around f5.6. However, I suspect the a7riii is getting full use of the lens capability and doubt an a7riv will show meaning real world performance increase. Judged from center to edge sharpness changes between the aps-c and FF. All my shots so far were handheld so maybe a reasonable limit regardless. I have not yet tried the tripod. The 135mm in-lens stabilization used on the a6000 (205mm effective) was great down to about 1/100 shutter speed. Bokeh: Under a torture test (forest brush hike under full sun) bokeh showed slight cat-eye, good overall but a little busy at f/2.8. Doesn't fully melt like the 135 2.0 lenses that I have used previously. To get a similar effect with the Zeiss the subject needs to be separated from the background by about 1/2 the working distance, so a work around is available.   Sun stars were pleasing. Conclusion: Strongly recommended as an active/in the field lens.

No regrets

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-21

Instantly became the go-to lens in my bag. Perfectly tack sharp. Absolutely no visible CA or distortions regardless of subject or lighting conditions. That great Zeiss color pop that makes your subjects almost 3D. My only small dings on it are it doesn't have the greatest bokeh I've ever seen wide open, though still very pleasant, and it would have been nice to have a slotted opening in the bottom of the hood to adjust filters without having to take the hood entirely off.

Outstanding Lens

By Ernest
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-24

Love this lens, outstanding images! Right weight, easy on the back...never leave home without.

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Asked by: Barbara
The ZEISS Batis lenses are fully compatible with the Sony A7 & A9 cameras, in addition to the E mount video cameras such as the FX-9.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2020-06-15

how does it compare to GM 135?

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Asked by: Nuvain
Zeiss is much lighter but with same optical quality. Sony has a faster aperture, on/off autofocus switch, mechanical aperture ring and customizable focus hold buttons on the side. Zeiss has a aesthetic design. Both lenses provide beautiful sharp images and stunning color transmission.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2021-06-15

How will this lens perform on my Sony A7RII ?

How will this lens perform on my Sony A7RII ?
Asked by: James
I had this mounted on my A7iii. I absolutely loved this lens and all of the Batis line up of lenses. I am not sure how it would perform on the A7Rii but, I would imagine you would be very pleased with the results you would get.
Answered by: WENDELL
Date published: 2021-09-10

How is the image stabilization disengaged when ...

How is the image stabilization disengaged when the camera has Image stabilization or camera attached to tripod?
Asked by: MITCHELL
When using a new E mount camera, the camera will detect the stabilization of a tripod and shut off the stabilization in the camera and the lens.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2021-10-02

Is the manual focus mechanical or focus-by-wire?

Is the manual focus mechanical or focus-by-wire?
Asked by: Jacob
focus-by-wire. The Batis lenses are not mechanical like the Loxia line is.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-02-04

What circular polarizing filter (brand and model) ...

What circular polarizing filter (brand and model) will work with the lens hood? I purchased PolarPro quartz line and it will block the lens hood so I am looking for good filter that was tested on this lens.
Asked by: Roman
Another option to consider is the Hoya 67mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter, BH # HOCPHD367. https://bhpho.to/3HuFYHE
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-07-25

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Will I lose any of the features on my Sony a7r ii? Is it noisy with using AF or Steady shot?
Asked by: Barbara
This lens has full functionality when using it with the Sony A7R II, including SteadyShot.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

what is this product's UPC code?

what is this product's UPC code?
Asked by: MITCHELL
Correct, this is the same for all of the lenses 4 047865 800662 0000002136695
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-15
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