Center section detail of a sample picture made with the forthcoming Zeiss Batis 135mm ƒ/2.8 for Sony E-mount.
I get it that "full frame" cameras and premium lenses aren't necessary to participate fully in photography c. 2017, but I'm jealous of people who get to collect and use lenses like the Zeiss Batis series all the same. Just sayin'.
A bit much
...On the other hand, two grand for a 135mm ƒ/2.8? Back in the day, those were moderately-priced, borderline cheap bread-and-butter lenses that nobody would think to make much of a fuss over. How much did an Olympus OM-Zuiko or AIS Nikkor 135mm ƒ/2.8 cost in, say, 1985? Never mind a Nikon E-Series? Maybe somebody has an old Pop or Modern from approximately that era and can look up the prices for us. Once we have a number or two we can adjust for inflation and compare.
UPDATE: J Mellody (many thanks!) looked it up: "Popular Photography from July 1985 has a B&H ad that has a Nikon 135mm ƒ/2.8 for $149. The E-series sells for $68. An Olympus 135mm ƒ/2.8 sells for $98.90." So according to a site called "U.S. Inflation Calculator," that's $337, $154, and $224 respectively in 2017 dollars. As I suspected...a pretty far cry from $1,999.
...On the other other hand...even though I've already run out of hands...in 1985 you couldn't put one of those in front of a rectangle of recording medium that would give you anything like what you get today with, say, 42.4 megapixels at ISO 3200. And over-the-top quality is fun and gratifying, let's face it. 'S all good.
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Alex P. Schorsch: "You've got me drooling in the morning...again! This Batis 135mmm weighs less than my Canon 35mm L. I know most people seem to think that a 135mm lens will go unused, but I like this focal length for landscapes and people shots."
João Medeiros: "I think you're not evaluating this lens properly. You should compare to other APO lenses coming from Zeiss or Leica. The lenses you mention never had IS, AF, LED panel, APO or the performance to complement 50+ MP sensors. Just saying. The price is actually quite reasonable when you compare to other combo in the market what you get with the A7RII + Zeiss APO 135mm ƒ/2.8. The market is shrinking and the future for any brand is high value and extreme quality. Mobile photography is going to change everything. It's already doing that."
Kent Phelan: "Or, you can have the same quality with an extra stop to boot for your Fuji X-T1, with the Fuji 90mm ƒ/2 lens—for less than half the price. It is one of Fuji's top performers, which is saying something. It compares favorably with the Leica 135mm APO Telyt M lens. Absolutely stellar lens."