Zeiss have just announced their forth auto-focus lens for e-mount, the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens. I haven’t seen them produce any duds for Sony yet and the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens looks like it will be a great. It is out of my budget and I won’t be buying one anytime soon (if ever) but I like this focal length.
The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0, 85mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/2.8 all share the same filter diameter of m67 x 0.75; interestingly, the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 is an exception with a filter diameter of m77 x 0.75. This would suggest they’re trying to keep the same filter size where possible but they’re not as strict with it as the Zeiss Loxia lenses, for example.
The Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 lens weighs 614 grams (1.4 lbs) and 14 elements with an 11 group configuration. Technically speaking, there’s nothing strikingly abnormal here but I don’t think optimal image stabilisation is a necessity when the body already has stabilisation. At 120mm long, it’s not overly large.
My biggest complaint really is the price. I think electronics are getting more and more expensive; perhaps I’ve just started to pay special attention to it since the GBP decreased in value, but this will retail for about £1750. You can pick up a Canon 70-200 IS II L f/2.8 lens for less, and I doubt you’ll find anyone dissatisfied with the results. Obviously a prime is smaller, sharper, lighter, probably better colours, etc. but I don’t think I’d spend that much on a prime of this aperture and focal length. It is a focal length I love though!