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First Look at the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135


Earlier today Zeiss announced a new lens from the Batis line of lenses for Sony E mount – the Zeiss Batis 2.8/135. Photographer Matt Granger had a chance to play with it and he has some interesting first impressions.

Matt Granger seems to like the lens although on the A7RII the AF is a tad slow (it will be interesting to see later on full reviews on the faster AF system of the A6500 as well to really get the feel of what this lens can do). The Batis family of lenses now extends to cover 18mm and up to 135mm.

In case you forgot we had a long talk with Bertram Honlinger from Zeiss in Photokina last year and he gave us a full explanation of all the different Zeiss lens lines and the Batis is the the higher end, AF, FF lens line for Sony E-mount. These lenses are weather proof and have an OLED display.

The biggest setback of this lens will be the price – at $2000 this is a very expensive portrait lens (especially given the f/2.8 aperture).

Zeiss published two videos on the  ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 – here is the first

Another official Zeiss video on the Batis 135mm with photographer Topher DeLancy

A few specs on the new ZEISS Batis 2.8/135

  • Focal length: 135mm (full frame coverage).
  • Aperture: max f/2.8 (min f/22).
  • Construction: 14 elements in 11 groups.
  • min shooting distance: 87 cm.
  • Max magnification 1:5.3.
  • Image stabilisation – included.
  • Filter size: 67mm.
  • Weight 614 grams.
  • Price: $2000 (online).

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid.

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