Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Review | Dustin

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Hello all.

I’ve published the written and video reviews today of the Batis 135mm.

Text Review: http://bit.ly/batis28135DA
Video Review: http://bit.ly/Batis28135YT
Image Gallery: http://bit.ly/batis28135IG

I had to borrow a Sony a7R II to do this review, but it was enough to make me very jealous of getting autofocusing, image stabilized Zeiss glass. Now if only that Sony body were more fun to actually use!

Here's a few shots I've taken with the lens:

April Showers by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

K.I.S.S. by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Slowly Vanishing Snow (Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8) by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
 
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Here's a look at eyelashes in a crop (f/2.8)
 

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Dylan777

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Looks really good Dustin. As a Sony user I really enjoy Batis lenses. I was hoping for an f2 and willing to spend higher price.
 

Maximilian

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Hi Dustin!

Great lens, great review. I wish we could have Zeiss with AF also for Canon ;)


This comment
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if only that Sony body were more fun to actually use!
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and this
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While I’m still not crazy about the ergonomics on the Sony body, I’ve come to appreciate what an incredible optical combination these two are.
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really made me laugh and sure that this is fun to read but not to think of buying and changing the system.
 
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ahsanford said:
Is the f/2.8 better in other ways? It is APO? Is it much lighter?

- A

It is APO. It is actually quite light for a Zeiss at just over 600g. I understand why they went with f/2.8 (and it may just be the right decision), but it does make them vulnerable to those who will just choose a zoom instead.