Zeiss Adds Batis 2.8/135 To The Series

Zeiss Batis 2/8/135

Zeiss has announced the addition of the Batis 2.8/135 to the family, representing the first 135mm autofocus focal length designed for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless E-mount camera system. The new compact, lightweight lens joins the 2.8/18, 2/25 and 1.8/85 focal lengths in the Batis line.

Featuring a built-in optical image stabilizer to prevent the effects of camera shake, the Batis 2.8/135 is an ideal choice for portrait, wedding or event photography with its telephoto focal length, which allows you to keep your subject sharp while nicely blurring the background. And an OLED display means you can previsualize your shots.

Zeiss Batis 2.8/135
The Zeiss Batis family: the 2.8/18, 2/25, 1.8/85 and the new 2.8/135

The Batis 2.8/135 is scheduled for May 2017 availability, priced at €1999 (Euros), though the lens can be pre-ordered for $1,999 online on sites such as B&H.

Here are the technical specs:

Focal length 135 mm
Aperture range f/2.8 – f/22
Lens elements / Groups 14 / 11
Optical image stabilization Ja / Yes
Focusing range 0,87 m (2.86 ft) – ∞
Free working distance 0,74 m (2.4 ft) – ∞
Angular field* (diag. / horiz. / vert.) 18° / 15° / 10°
Diameter of image field 43,3 mm (1.7″)
Flange focal distance 18,0 mm (0.71″)
Coverage at close range (MOD)* 125 x 185 mm (4.9 x 7.3″)
Image ratio at MOD 1:5.3
Filter thread M67 x 0,75
Entrance pupil position (behind the image plane) 6,9 mm (0.27″)
Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf – MOD) Focusing not mechanically coupled. Rotation angle depending on rotation speed.
Diameter max. (with lens shade) 98 mm (3.9″)
Diameter of focusing ring 81 mm (3.2″)
Length (without lens caps) 120 mm (4.7″)
Length (with lens caps) 133 mm (5.2″)
Weight (without lens caps) 614 g (1.35 lbs)
* referring to 36 mm format

Get more information on the Zeiss Batis lens line here.

See the full press release below:

Compact Portrait Tele Lens for Sony E-Mount with Autofocus

The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is the first 135 mm AF focal length for mirrorless full-frame cameras from Sony.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 05/04/2017.

Fans of Sony’s mirrorless full-frame cameras have a reason to smile: ZEISS has added a further tele lens focal length to its ZEISS Batis lens family. The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is the first 135 mm AF focal length for Sony’s Alpha 7 system with E-mount. Like all lenses from the ZEISS Batis range, this new addition is equipped with fast and precise autofocus. To avoid shaking, which can occur very easily with tele lenses, an optical image stabilizer has also been incorporated into the design. The ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 proves it worth particularly in portrait photography: “The tele focal length means the subject can stand out nicely against the blurred background”, says Product Manager Michael Pollmann from ZEISS. “The bokeh works very well indeed, and the optical design – an Apo Sonnar – ensures outstanding images time and again.” The new ZEISS Batis could also be a great option for event and wedding photography.

“Compact, lightweight, top quality”

“The advantage of Sony’s mirrorless full-frame system is that despite its compact size, it delivers exceptional image quality,” says Pollmann. ZEISS has continued to bring the design of the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 into line with the needs of Sony photographers. “It was important to build a comparably handy lens – in spite of the rather long focal length. We made a conscious decision to strike a balance between compactness, weight and light intensity.”

OLED display visualizes depth of focus

Like all ZEISS Batis lenses, this latest addition features an OLED display that enables precise visualization of the depth of field. So you can be sure that the image is in focus in all the right places. The metal housing gives the lens its robust and durable character. ZEISS assures us that its dust and dirt shield means photo shoots in poor weather are a walk in the park.

The image quality leaves nothing to be desired: “We have put a lot of effort into the optical design and into correcting our lenses,” says Pollmann. “For example, we are experimenting with special types of glass in order to rule out as many kinds of image errors as possible. We have thus been able to ensure corrected chromatic aberration in the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 so that we have virtually no image errors.” 14 lenses have been built into 11 groups in the camera lens.

Price and availability

The ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 will be available from specialist dealers starting May 2017 and will retail at 1,999 euros incl. 19 percent sales tax (RRP).

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