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Unique Looking Portraits w/ the new Zeiss Batis 2.8/135mm

Unique Looking Portraits with the new Zeiss Batis 2.8/135

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Playing with focus and blur, natural colors and a harmonious bokeh – practiced photographers use these design elements to give their portraits that special something. What a good thing, then, that a new member has just joined the Batis family: the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is an ideal tool for creating atmospheric, unique portraits.

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Meaningful portraits are often the centerpiece of a photographer’s work, even more so in event and wedding photography. And these are precisely the fields in which the new ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 shows off all its strengths. With a focal length in the medium telephoto range and an iris of f/2.8, the lens is perfectly suited for unusual portrait shots. “The tele focal length means the subject can stand out nicely against the blurred background,” explains Michael Pollmann, Product Manager at ZEISS. “The bokeh is harmonious and the optical design – an Apo Sonnar – guarantees excellent imaging quality.” Indeed, it was the harmonious, circular bokeh that won over photographer Irwin Wong during a recent shoot in Tokyo.

“I’m a professional portrait photographer and the new Batis is excellent for my work.”

Irwin Wong, Portrait and Documentary Photographer


Like the ZEISS Batis 1.8/85, the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 has an optical image stabilizer so shake-free images can be taken even in unfavorable lighting conditions. As a result, photographers can capture poignant moments and moods with available light, without having to further increase the ISO setting and accept a deterioration in imaging quality. This is a big advantage, especially for sophisticated wedding and event photography, as it allows pictures to be printed later in large formats, if needed.

 “Sharp detail, focus, and bokeh are the three main factors for me when creating a shot. And I’m happy to say ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 exceeded my expectations in all three categories.”

Topher DeLancy, Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Precise focus – automatic and manual

When events get really hectic, the lens’s fast autofocus comes to the rescue and guarantees spot-on images. The linear motors work quietly and, as always, are extremely precise and reliable. But manual focusing can also be done very exactly, as the integrated OLED display opens new possibilities for creativity and image control. The focus distance and depth of field can be read exactly on the display, either in meters or feet. Therefore, already beforehand the photographer can check exactly whether the desired areas in the image are also in focus. This avoids unpleasant surprises in the post-processing.

Extraordinary image quality with Apo Sonnar design

The ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is designed as an Apo Sonnar, with 14 lens elements in 11 groups. The abbreviation ‘Apo’ stands for “apo-chromatic design” or “apo-chromatically corrected”. Pollmann explains: “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.”

Compact design for compact system cameras

“The advantage of Sony’s mirrorless full-frame system is that despite its compact size, it delivers exceptional image quality,” said Pollmann. 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 speed. With an iris of f/2.8, the weight could be kept light and the measurements compact, without compromising on image quality. All this creates good balance on the camera and allows for pleasant and concentrated working. The lens’s optical design guarantees maximum imaging quality, even when the aperture is wide-open. The ZEISS Batis lenses are also protected against dust and spray water. Poor weather conditions therefore pose no problem so that users can let their creativity run free without any worries, even during outdoor shoots.

 “The new Batis is the modern version of a Zeiss 135mm lens that’s perfect for mirrorless cameras. The size, weight, and balance were all designed around the Sony a7 bodies, so together they make a tight package. F/2.8 is certainly more than fast enough for these sensors and the backgrounds wide open are gorgeous.”

Greg Watermann, Rock Star Photographer