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Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 for Sony E
Thanks to the combination of one of the widest fields of view in APS-C format photography with fantastic imaging performance and light weight, this lens makes wide-angle photography even more fascinating.
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. What's more, all moving parts of the Touit 2.8/12, conceived specifically for Sony NEX 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.
Great optics, terrible auto focus and NOISY. Even manual focus is crazy loud. Just turning the manual focus ring causes the motors inside to click like they are trying to escape! No usable audio in our videos due to this. The Sony lenses, while optically inferior, are super quiet and don't hunt while auto focusing.
I bought this lens to use on my X-E2 and am very happy with its performance. I just traveled for two weeks and used only this lens and the 18-55mm kit lens with great results. That step up from 18mm to 12mm is really quite amazing. The lens has a very solid build and quick focus. Has a bit of noise when focusing but really not an issue. The price was a real deal at the time as it was part of the combo with the 32mm.
landscape and abstracts. optics and resolution are wonderful. bokeh superb! can you imagine a zeiss lens without a depth of field scale, especially wide angle? try all of the touits. the focusing ring may look elegant but it is hard to distinguish from the aperture ring and has no texture, only redeeming quality is it is inexpensive to manufacture. more hype than quality. as usual the lens caps, well purchase off market brand if you want it to work well. oh yes, overnight zeiss drops the prices of two of its touits at a rate if it was a commodity or a stock you would be livid. there was a time when you could expect a good resale and zeiss was an investment.
I use the Fuji X system which has several excellent prime lenses. I rented this lens for a trip, an though I have the Fuji XF 14, I purchased the Zeiss 12 as soon as I viewed the images from my trip. The lens has a quality that is hard to explain, but I could immediately distinguish the images that were shot with it from the ones shot with the Fuji lenses (the 14, the 35, and the 60). It has the Zeiss "look" , whatever that is. I also purchased the Zeiss 32. The build quality, etc. is superb on both lenses and I expect they will last me a long time. I may or nay not keep the similar Fuji lenses, but even if I do I'll be using the Zeiss ones for most of my shooting.
I use this camera (NEX7) and lens for personal/hobby photography and for my profession as a residential real estate agent. I mainly purchased it for real estate photography. I also have the SEL24f18z and at the moment I find this Touit 12mm much more forgiving than that lens. Shots with the sel24 seem to be hit or miss when it comes to clarity. The Touit 12mm just hits more often. The wide angle of this 12mm lens is perfect not just for my real estate stuff but even with the personal photos as I continue to develop my skills... use this lens and get right up in the face of the subject. The lens is noisy when focusing and it is constantly focusing. I can see this being an issue if you want to use it for video.
I usually shoot large format and own only the best German lens available. The Fuji system is my first step into the digital world so I decided to buy the best name in German lenses: Zeiss. The color rendition, contrast, bokeh, build quality and functioning on my Fuji XE-1 are perfect.
I do a lot of travel landscape photography and was looking for a wide quality lens. I'm impressed the last week I took shots of hillsides with fall foliage and ths lens has great resolution and color balance. Feels like it has no plastic parts. Pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for.
I was unsure of whether to get this lens at first, but I'm so glad I got it. It is SHARP!!! I love photographing landscapes, and usually use the Zeiss 24mm on the Nex-7, but found myself stiching a lot of panoramas. Then I got the Sony 16-50mm... way too much distortion, but a good lens to take to concerts with the NEX, since they don't like cameras with big lenses. I thought I wouldn't use the Touit 12mm much, but it's been a great lens! Very sharp corner to corner, no discernible distortion (I bet target shooters can find some, but since I like shooting real things...), very crisp and contrasty. My favorite thing is the flare control. With a lens so wide, you HAVE to have great flare control. I shoot a lot of stereographic panoramas with it (little planets), and it's PERFECT for that. Some of these will easily take 60-90 shots with the 24mm, but only 20-30 shots with this lens. Don't waste your time with a polarizer. With a lens this wide you will only get weird banding in the sky. Get a zeiss UV filter and go to town. I'm contemplating a Lee system for graduated filters next. Autofocus is SLOW with the Touits. I'm a manual focus shooter, but sometimes will use autofocus. Yeah... not with the Touits. Very slow and annoyingly loud. OK, you can hear it but other people can't... it's too loud for video anyway, even on manual, since it uses a motor. If you use external mic, though, go to town.