Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens Review

Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens Review

In this post, we are going to do an overview of a new Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens. It’s part of the Batis line of lenses from Zeiss. It’s for the Sony full-frame E Mount Cameras.

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Firstly we are to do an unboxing where we are going to show you what Zeiss provides you with the lens. Then we are going to go into an overview of the lens. We’ll go over some of the specifications take a closer look at Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens.


Alright so let’s see what Zeiss provides you with the Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens. You’ll first notice that the lens is packed really nicely in pre-cut foam. The first thing you’re gonna notice is your instructional manual. Secondly, you’re gonna see your 3-Years warranty card of course from an authorized dealer. Thirdly, you have your Discover Zeiss Optics pamphlet. Finally, you have your Zeiss warranty guideline, your test certificate for final inspection.

Let’s get the lens out of the box. You are gonna notice that it’s a very sleek and minimalist design. You have your zoom ring, OLED display and that’s about it. Filter size is going to be 67mm which makes it very affordable for even high-end filters. You have some Zeiss branding on the lens itself. If we take off the rear cap you have an all-metal mount with weather sealing. Zeiss provides you with a bayonet style lens hood. once you install the lens hood onto the lens it very much feels like one design, one piece a great job Zeiss on that.

Closer Look

This is a line of lenses from Zeiss that’s specifically designed for the Sony E mount system cameras so you won’t find it available for Nikon or Canon. Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens is a telephoto prime lens that with a maximum aperture of f/2.8. This is an ideal lens and a perfect lens for shooting portraiture. It’s also great for shooting weddings. If you’re looking to get some great candids at events to take a look at this lens.

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Detailed Specifications

So let’s take a look at the construction of the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens. It’s an all-metal design, It’s fully weather sealed. When you take an initial look at the lens as compared to the camera body you’ll notice that the lens is long but any lens of this focal length it has to be around this size.

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But when you first pick it up that’s where you notice the difference from other manufacturers out there. It’s lightweight, weighs in at only 1.3 pounds. The reason why it’s designed this way is that Zeiss just wanted it to match and balance well with the Sony mirrorless system cameras. This may be a lightweight lens but Zeiss did some magic here, you have 14 elements in 11 groups. This is gonna give you some excellent contrast, beautiful color rendition, high resolution. It follows everything that Zeiss is known for in their optical designs.

Image Stabilization

As I mentioned before the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens is balanced really well with this camera but a 135mm lens gives you a very narrow field of view which can make it difficult when shooting under low-light. So Zeiss has implemented image stabilization inside the lens and this helps out really well when shooting under low-light. But it’s also going to work in conjunction with the steady shot found in Sony’s Mirrorless Cameras.

OLED Display

So a unique feature of the Batis of lenses is going to be their electronic OLED display. This is going to give you the ability to see the distance scale. You can customize it in metric or imperial. You can also see your depth of field. It’s really easily viewable. Whether or not you’re viewing it in the daytime or at night. You can also turn it off if you want to save battery power.

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Let’s take a look at some of the autofocus features of this lens. So the autofocus of this lens is fast and precise. It’s really quick and silent. It uses linear autofocus motor. So the focus ring is not mechanically coupled to the lens. But here comes Zeiss’s magic you wouldn’t know the difference they do a really great job. The focus is dampened really well. So if you’re going to focus the ring it feels like a traditional manual focus lens.

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