New Zeiss 12 f/2.8 Touit and 32 f/1.8 Touit lenses for Sony E and Fuji X mounts

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New Zeiss 12 f/2.8 Touit and 32 f/1.8 Touit lenses for Sony E and Fuji X mounts

You can now pre-order these at B&H Photo HERE

Woohoo! Finally,ย Zeiss has announced the release of brand new lenses for Sony E-Mount and Fuji X-Mount cameras and I have just gotten the invite to NYC to try them out this month in the flesh. Not sure I can make the event but I am thrilled to see Zeiss release some new lenses for these mirrorless systems, and what they are releasing appears to be very nice. A gorgeous 18mm equivalent wide-angle and a 50mm equivalent, both fast and both ZEISS quality! Mirrorless is maturing quite nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

Touit 1.8-32 on Sony NEX and Fujifilm X

The Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E or Fuji X Mount.ย 

Price: $900

For those that want s super high quality fast 50 for your Sony or Fuji camera, here you go. Zeiss optics and design. Finally, some stellar lenses arrive for these capable cameras. Sure Fuji has their own 35 1.4 but I have a feeling that the Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8 will surpass it in build, speed and quality. I am excited to review these and Zeiss will be sending me the lens to test SOON (within 2-3 weeks). Can’t wait.

Press blurb:

“The best of two worlds. Just like a 50 mm lens in 35 mm photography, the Touit 1.8/32 offers the same angle of view as the human eye. However, optimised for use with APS-C format sensors, it is simultaneously a lens that is so light and compact that it can be taken along simply anywhere and everywhere you go. Whether you are shooting portraits, landscapes or spontaneous snapshots, you will never cease to be amazed by what a Touit 1.8/32 can tease out of your camera. It is quite simply the ideal companion for capturing perspectives and colour- and lighting moods in perfect pictures.”

Read more about it HERE

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The Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit

Price: $1250

The new 12mm 2.8 will be ย a wide-angle for your mirrorless system. Available for your NEX or X, this is another Zeiss option that is VERY welcome in the Sony and Fuji world. This will be like an 18mm lens on your Sony or Fuji body, so a true Ultra Wide. Perfect for architecture or landscape.

Press Blurb:

“With an angle of view of 99 degrees, the Touit 2.8/12 wide-angle lens will soon become a firm favourite, particularly for landscapes and architectural photography. Its unique T* multicoating guarantees maximum transmission and outstanding absorption of extraneous light. The result: breathtaking image quality from edge to edge and corner to corner of the entire image field. Whatโ€™s more, all moving parts of the Touit 2.8/12, conceived specifically for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X Series cameras, are engineered for extreme precision and a long working life. And finally, its strong and rigid metal bayonet mount makes it an absolutely dependable companion for many years to come.”

Read more about it HERE

22 Comments

  1. For such premium lenses I prefer to have aperture and manual focus controlled via old style lens rings. At least the x-mount has an aperture ring. Fuji`s 14 mm or Olympus new 17 mm show how it should be done.

  2. I’m sure these will be nice lenses, but will there be enough difference to be worth paying so much? I remember when Zeiss launched the 24mm f1.8 for NEX, and the results posted here and elsewhere didn’t really (in my opinion) show enough difference over even the kit 18-55 to justify spending $1000. The current 50mm f1.8 for NEX is outstanding – super sharp with creamy bokeh – and can be bought for about $300, which is much more in line with the cost of the camera bodies themselves.

    I guess more lenses (and higher quality ones) are always a good thing, and for people with deeper pockets, these will be great. But for those of us a bit more cash-strapped, I’d rather see more $300 lenses, and skip the Zeiss label that seems to add $500 to anything it’s stuck on. The relatively new and unheralded 35mm f1.8 for $450 seems much more in line with the cost of the camera, and it would be REALLY INTERESTING to see a comparison between that lens and the 32mm Zeiss.

    • Yeah, both the 50/f1.8 and 35/f1.8 are excellent. The Zeiss 32/f1.8 needs to be really really good to warrant the price difference, but I’m sure it will still sell well. The 12/f2.8 on the other hand is interesting. I’m currently looking for an UWA lens, and it’s going to be either the Zeiss or the Sony 10-18/f4. I’m really looking forward to hearing Steve’s opinion on the new Zeiss lenses.

    • I am sure that once the Zeiss lenses will be out there will be many owners of the sony 35 wanting to hear that their lens is ‘nearly indistinguishable’ from the Zeiss and many others wanting to hear that the Zeiss is ‘so much better’ than the Sony – just to justify the to buy one ๐Ÿ™‚

      But indeed – both 14 and 35 lenses from Sony have a very good reputation and it will not be easy (may not even be possible) for the Zeiss lenses to be ‘much better’ in this case.

      • Don’t forget that the Sony 35 has OSS and the Zeiss does not. I’m still getting the Zeiss, but it was not an easy decision. The Sony tests rather well.

  3. Why pay more for the Zeiss 32mm than for the excellent Fuji 35mm f1.4 when the Fuji is lighter, better constructed, closer focussing and optically great? I have one and it’s fantastic.

  4. Shows a lot of confidence in the mirrorless market, though I do wonder how many they’ll sell. Maybe it doesn’t matter, that the profits are adequate even selling a small number. I’m sure they’ll be outstanding and wonderful, but I’d really rather see more inexpensive lenses (like Sigma’s discontinued models) filling in gaps, lenses that most people can afford. They don’t have to be perfect to be useful.

    • The Sigmas are outstanding, but slow. I bought the 19 which fills a real void, but pre-ordered the Zeiss 32 and 12. With the existing Sony Zeiss 24 and the Sony 50, all that the NEX system really needs now is a fast 85~90 telephoto.

  5. They look like just the lens for those who have been waiting to get around “too it” !
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    sorry guys, couldn’t help it!

  6. Perhaps, and only perhaps the zeiss 35mm f1.8 might be built better than the Fuji, and it may have better optical quality, but how do you expect it to surpass the 35mm 1.4 for SPEED.

      • Without trying to create an argument, I find the Fuji’s speed and accuracy AT THIS POINT to be outstanding. Admittedly it was not always so. If possible, one should spend at least 6 months before commenting on a camera because they all have quirks in some shape or form. And it would give your readers a more complete picture of the strengths and weaknesses of a particular camera. My primary love of the Fuji is its file quality- it is simply amazing. I enjoy your site very much.

      • Steve – isn’t the camera the main limiting factor to focusing speed and accuracy? You have tested different camera bodies with same lenses – what is your experience?

  7. Looks like good stull. I have the Fujionon f2.8 14mm. It is a great lens, if the CZ f2.8 12mm is a better lens, it will be just by a hair. The big difference is how wide you want the lens. I am not into super wides, as a matter of fact the 14mm I have would please me more a 16mm. My next lens to round out my X system should be a short wide, 35-50, so the f1.8 32mm looks real good to me. The Fujionon f1.4 35mm is a good lens, but not great. But then Fuji is coming out with a f1.4 23mm. All I can say is the mirrorless cameras, like Sony and Fuji, are going to have nice glass coming their way. I had a feeling about the 14mm being a great lens. Help me, I think that CZ f1.8 32mm maybe my next lens! How bad can it be!

  8. I have been eagerly anticipating these new Zeiss beauties as well as the new 7n which could be announced any day now. I am however somewhat dubious about going back to APS-C since spending the past several months with the Full Frame RX1. I can only hope that these new Zeiss lenses and the new 7n render some magic not previously seen from E-mount products.

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