ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 APO [ $1,999.00 ] is officially announced...

Started Apr 5, 2017 | Discussions thread
biza43 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,538
Re: ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 APO [ $1,999.00 ] is officially announced...

terryreid wrote:

I think it is premature to talk about price until we see how the lens performs. The 85 Batis is not in the same league as the 85 GM for example but does not cost as much either.

I think $2000 is a lot to pay for a prime unless it is the top native 135mm on the market and clearly delivers across the board. Time will tell.

I already have a 70-200 GM and if this lens does not clearly outperform it or better yet if my lighter 70-300 is close why buy it other than speed?

From the photos I have taken so far with my 100 STF it is a super lens that I can easily crop to 135 on my a7rII, albeit slow.

Since I rarely if ever print I can crop with a faster 85 GM or my 90 Macro also.

If it truly remarkable the price is fine if not well the market and perhaps future Sony GM or hopefully a native Sigma Art may be the lens of choice at this focal length.

Indeed... Sony pull it off with a cheaper FE 85 f1.8, compromising on some aspects. Pulling off a similar trick with a 135mm lens is a bit more challenging though; for Sony to make a 135 f1.8 or f2 cheaper than the Zeiss f2.8... not seeing this happen. Such a lens will have to be ZA or G series.

Sony making another 135 f2.8 cheaper than the Zeiss one? Maybe...

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