The Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 is the latest member of the popular lens family, bringing fast and precise “AF focal length for Sony’s Alpha 7 system.”
- 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
Carl Zeiss introduced the Batis line two years ago at NAB. HDSLR Shooter was there to break the story. Find out more about the Batis line in the video below.
The Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 will be available in May 2017 for $1,999. For more information see the video above, press release below and visit www.Zeiss.com/Camera-Lenses
ZEISS Batis 2.8/135
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
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).