ZEISS launches 135mm f/2.8 lens



ZEISS has unveiled a compact, portrait telephoto lens for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless E-Mount cameras. The ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is the first 135mm autofocus focal length for Sony’s Alpha 7 system with E-Mount. With a metal housing the lens has a robust design and also features a dust and dirt shield. Its optical image stabiliser helps to avoid camera shake in images and it also has an OLED display, which offers precise depth-of-field visualisation. The ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 lens will be available from May 2017 for £1749.99, from specialist dealers. For more information read the official press release below:

Compact Portrait Tele Lens for Sony E-Mount with Autofocus

The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is the first 135mm 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 telephoto lens to its ZEISS Batis lens family. The new ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is the first 135mm 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 stabiliser has also been incorporated into the design. The ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 proves its 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 visualises depth of focus

Like all ZEISS Batis lenses, this latest addition features an OLED display that enables precise visualisation of the depth of field. This allows you to be sure that the image is in focus where it matters. The metal housing gives the lens its robust and durable character. Furthermore, the dust and dirt shield means photo shoots in poor weather are no longer an issue.

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 £1,749.99 (inclusive of VAT). 

For more information, visit the ZEISS website.