ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Eight Low Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic Sonnar Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Floating Elements System
  • OLED Display for Focus Distance and DoF
  • Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
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ZEISS Batis 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 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 Length 135mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Lens Mount Sony E
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 18
Maximum Magnification 0.187x
Minimum Focus Distance 2.85' / 87 cm
Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Size 67 mm (Front)
Dimensions ( x L) 3.86 x 4.724" / 98 x 120 mm
Weight 1.4 lb / 614 g
Packaging Infofyxauqdq
Package Weight 2.505 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 6.85 x 5.45"

ZEISS Batis 135mm f/2.8 Reviews

Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 28.
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 Completes the Set I purchased the Batis 135/2.8 to complete my set, which began with the Batis 25/2 and 85/1.8 as my first prime lenses for a Sony A7Rii. Like the others the 135 does not disappoint. Although somewhat large in profile, Batis lenses are fairly light, and balance well with the Sony. In terms of image quality, the 135 is arguably the best of the line, although the 40/2 comes very close. Batis lenses have the right balance of sharpness and tonality for nearly any application, from portraits to landscapes.  Unlike many longer lenses, the 135 shows no sign of lateral color, even for dark branches silhouetted against a bright cloudy sky. Auto focus is both fast and accurate.
Date published: 2019-05-14
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
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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


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


Is the lens a 2.8 or 1.8 aperture? In the overview section it has both listed.
Asked by: Daniel M.
The ZEISS Batis 135 uses an aperture of f/2.8 in order to keep the size and weight compatible with the small A7/A9 camera platform. For more information, visit <a href= http://www.zeiss.com/photo target= _blank >www.zeiss.com/photo</a>
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-12-04


is this lens compatible with sony alpha 7ii?
Asked by: Amy
The ZEISS Batis lenses are compatible with any Sony E mount camera, including the A7II model.
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27


How does the sharpness/contrast look wide open?
Asked by: Joel
You can review the MTF chart for the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 at the website below. The MTF data is produced at wide-open aperture and at f/5.6, the setting which produces the maximum contrast and sharpness. You will see the lens produces excellent results at wide-open aperture, which is improved only slightly in the corners when stopped down. <a href= https://www.zeiss.com/content/dam/camera-lenses/files/service/download-center/datasheets/batis-lenses/datasheet-zeiss-batis-28135.pdf target= _blank >https://www.zeiss.com/content/dam/camera-lenses/files/service/download-center/datasheets/batis-lenses/datasheet-zeiss-batis-28135.pdf</a>
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does anyone have experience using the Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 versus the Zeiss Milvus 2/135 on a Nikon? Is the manual focus as good on the Batis? (arc, fine control, etc.) The Batis lens are so much lighter. I am considering switching from D810 to A7r iii and worried if the quality of the Batis is comparable to the Milvus. TY
Asked by: Joshua
Because the focus on the Batis is fly-by-wire, and proportional to how quickly you move the focussing ring, it takes a couple of days to get used to how it works. Frustrating for sure at first, but in time I find it is very precise and a pleasure to use compared to most other electronically focussed lenses. My experience previously is with Nikon DSLRs and Zeiss ZF.2 lenses (100 f/2 Makro-Planar is the closest to the 135 Batis). The 135 Batis is exceptional on my A7R3.
Answered by: Stephen S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Asked by: jose e.
You can pre-order the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 using the link below. The first shipments are scheduled for early May.https://<a href= http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1330083-REG/zeiss_2136_695_batis_135mm_f_2_8_lens.html target= _blank >www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1330083-REG/zeiss_2136_695_batis_135mm_f_2_8_lens.html</a>
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is the lens hood reversible for storage?
Asked by: Peter P.
Yes, the lens shade on the ZEISS Batis 135 is reversible.
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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Designed For Use With:

  • Sony Alpha A5000
  • Sony Alpha A5100
  • Sony Alpha A6000
  • Sony Alpha A6300
  • Sony Alpha A6400
  • Sony Alpha A6500
  • Sony Alpha A7
  • Sony Alpha A7 II
  • Sony Alpha A7 III
  • Sony Alpha A7R
  • Sony Alpha A7R II
  • Sony a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • Sony Alpha A7R III
  • Sony Alpha A7S
  • Sony Alpha A7S II
  • Sony Alpha A9
  • Sony NEX-EA50M E-Mount
  • Sony NEX-EA50UH E-Mount
  • Sony NEX-FS700R E-Mount
  • Sony NEX-VG30 E-Mount
  • Sony NEX-VG900 E-Mount
  • Sony PXW-FS5 E-Mount
  • Sony PXW-FS5M2 E-Mount
  • Sony PXW-FS7 E-Mount
  • Sony PXW-FS7M2 E-Mount
  • Thom Alpha A6300
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