Zeiss has released details of a new medium telephoto lens for Sony’s E mount ‘full frame mirrorless cameras.


Angled view of the new Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 lens without its lens hood. (Source: Zeiss.)

The new Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 is the first 135mm focal length AF lens for Sony’s Alpha 7 system and joins the company’s existing line-up, which comprises the 18mm f/2.8, 25mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 lenses. Designed for medium-distance portrait photography, the new lens features an Apo Sonnar design with 14 elements in 11 groups. This design minimises the number of  glass-air surfaces and includes eight elements with anomalous partial dispersion and floating elements for controlling autofocusing and stabilisation. The shallow depth of field at maximum aperture allows photographers to combine focus and blur  to direct the viewer’s attention to the main subject.

The minimum focusing distance of 87 cm provides a magnification of 1:5.3. The minimum aperture is f/22. A metal barrel gives the lens its robust and durable character and the lens also boasts dust- and spray-proof construction. A built-in OLED display lets users accurately read the focus distance and depth of field, a useful feature when working in dim lighting.  

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) or US$1999 (MSRP).