Zeiss Introduces Batis 135/2.8 Lens for Sony E-Mount
I got a notification today that Zeiss has a new full-frame Basis 135/2.8 lens for the Sony E-mount, which includes the Sony A7 series. The Batis line for Sony, like the Milvus lenses for Nikon and Canon, are sort of the runners-up to the premium Otus lenses. They are designed to have similar focus and color renditions with other Basis lenses.
Fullframe autofocus lens for Sony ? series
I have the Basis 18/2.8, 25/2 and 85/1.8. Although rather large, Batis lenses are relatively light, lighter than similar lenses in the manual. Apparently it takes a lot of room for the AF mechanism, which is quick and nearly silent. Despite having "focus by wire" action, manual focus is easy to use and has a relatively low acceleration effect when the ring is turned faster or slower. Infinity can be set using the eye level display or an OLED display on the top of the lens barrel.
Zeiss seems to be playing leap frog between the AF Batis lenses and the MF Loxia, although there is one overlap at 85 mm. From a practical viewpoint, I could easily fit three or four Loxia lenses in a Leica-sized bag (only 35/2 and 50/2 at present), but Batis lenses would need a much larger bag. Basis lenses are weather-sealed (at least drip proof), whereas Loxia lenses have little protection.
I'm looking for a Batis image to post, but my server is doing some maintenance function and currently unavailable