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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount)

You Pay: $720.00
Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 48mm
  • Planar Optical Design
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Smooth and Accurate Autofocus System
  • Rigid Metal Construction
  • Rubberized Control Rings
  • Nine-Blade Near-Circular Aperture
  • Supports All Fujifilm X Camera Functions

The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount) is a normal length prime lens designed specifically for use on APS-C-sized image sensors, and as such provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 48mm. This lens is compatible with Fujifilm X mirrorless cameras and supports all camera functions, including autofocus and exposure control.

The Planar design of this lens is a highly successful optical construction that inherently corrects for most aberrations and distortion while offering high overall sharpness and image clarity. Additionally, Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to all lens surfaces to reduce reflections, lens flare, and ghosting to produce imagery with high contrast and color fidelity.

The physical construction of the lens features a metal lens barrel with rubberized control rings for high precision when working with manual focus. When working in autofocus modes, the focusing system of the lens offers smooth and reliable performance with high precision and control. A rigid metal bayonet mount ensures accurate alignment and a nearly circular nine-blade aperture works to produce an aesthetic out-of-focus highlight quality.

Fujifilm X Compatibility
Designed for use on Fujifilm X-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 48mm. The lens offers complete compatibility with all camera functions, including accurate autofocus and exposure control. It features a wide f/1.8 maximum aperture that aids in low-light shooting as well as greater control over the focus plane for shallow depth of field and selective focus applications.
Optical Design
This lens features a Planar optical design that works to eliminate a variety of aberrations and distortions in order to produce an image with high clarity and sharpness. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize surface reflections in order to improve light transmission and provide greater image contrast and color fidelity.
Physical Design
The lens features a rigid, durable, yet lightweight, metal barrel with rubberized control rings to offer improved handling abilities. A metal bayonet mount aids in consistency and an ensured connection between the camera and lens. Additionally, a nine-blade, nearly circular aperture is used to smoothly render out-of-focus highlights.
Performance
Focal Length 32mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 48 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Fujifilm X mount
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 48°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.21' (37 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9
Elements/Groups 8/5
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.56 x 2.99" (65 x 76 mm)
Weight 7.41 oz (210 g)
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ZeissTouit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount)
     
    4.7

    (based on 19 reviews)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (13)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Consistent output (10)
    • Strong construction (10)
    • Easily interchangeable (8)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (11)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Night photography (8)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Macro photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great lens ~ Worth the price

    The first thing I noticed when picking up the new Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Planar for Fuji X cameras is the solid build quality. The build quality is definitely better than that of the...Read complete review

    The first thing I noticed when picking up the new Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Planar for Fuji X cameras is the solid build quality. The build quality is definitely better than that of the Fuji 35mm lens. It is a subtle feeling, but when you hold the lens in your hand there is a smoothness and solidness through and through. Everything feels perfectly fitted and machined properly. There was a certain looseness to the Fuji Lens that I didn't realize I didn't like until I held this one.

    Onto what the Zeiss name is known for, their high quality image output and sharpness. I find that this lens is very sharp, especially wide open. You can't go wrong with this lens as far as image quality goes. The only catch is that the Fuji is also very sharp. In fact it is very near to the sharpness of this Zeiss lens, but I would say the Zeiss has a bit of an edge on sharpness albeit barely.

    Where I think the Zeiss really shines is its contrast and color. I find it to be superior to the Fuji in its rendering of color. There is a little more warmth to the images that I like, but again this is pretty subjective. This is something you could always add in post as well, but I am always a big proponent of getting as much of what you want in camera first.

    The autofocus seems to be on par with the Fuji 35mm if not a little better actually. It's hard to say, but it is pretty much about the same.

    One thing I suspect most people will like more about the Fuji is its bokeh. The Fuji has super smooth and creamy bokeh and this lens does not. That's not to say this lens has bad bokeh and I actually really like the out of focus rendering to this lens a lot. It has a really classic look to the out of focus elements, but I wouldn't define it as creamy.

    The big question is whether or not this lens is worth $300 more than the Fuji lens for what basically seems like small subtle improvements over the Fuji. To me it was, and given the choice between the two lenses I would choose this one. I will say that you can't go wrong with either lens.

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    Disappointing.

    I got this lens a few weeks ago and ran it through some extensive testing in various environments, which eventually led me to taking it to the test lab and actually scrutinizing it, because...Read complete review

    I got this lens a few weeks ago and ran it through some extensive testing in various environments, which eventually led me to taking it to the test lab and actually scrutinizing it, because I wasn't entirely satisfied that it was anything like the optical performance Ive come to expect from Zeiss.How hard is it to make a 50mm f1,8 lens when you consider that its already an established lens formula, with a proven track record in other mounts and other formats?I give it two stars because there are three things that make this lens not worth buying. Its sharp. Its small and well built. The separation between what is in focus and not, has an abruptness which tends to make the images all look the same unless stopped down beyond f4. and the bokeh is quite unattractive, which is a factor in a lens that is this expensive. The real deal breaker for is the spherochromatism (that horrible color shift on the front and back of the thing that is in focus), that which was basically done away with in quality optics made anytime in the last 15 years. It does not like to be exposed correctly in color, in contrasty light, you must under expose by -0.7, however it excels in black and white. I tested this lens on both the Fuji X-Trans and the Sony sensor, and it is equally as bad on both. The build quality is nice, feels good in the hand, and is nicely balanced on a XE, X Pro-1 and XT-1. The lens hood is idiotically massive. Its a spectacle in its own right. Why cant we have hoods with specificity like Leica's or the Fuji 35/1.4 and 18/f2?? There is no reason why any manufacturer cant use injection molding processes to make tighter tolerance square hoods which dont stick out into the middle of next week. I like the idea of a smooth rubber focus ring, however this on the FX mount version its too narrow, and the resistance is as this lens is, using your finger tips is not the best solution. I have small hands and even my fingers tend to grip the neighboring metal surfaces, which only adds to the resistance. Also it is difficult to determine tactile efficiency of micro manual adjustments and, if, like me, you find yourself using a fingernail to add a bit of traction, you are out of luck on this lens. If you own a fuji then spend your money on the Fuji 35/1.4 it is optically vastly superior in every way.

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    5.0

    Typical Zeiss

    By Phil

    from Tasmania

    Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

    A far better lens than the fuji 35/1.4

    It remains sharp wide open, even at the edges. The fuji falls apart after f/2.

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    5.0

    Superb bokeh

    By MarcusB

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

      From portraits to an almost macro - this lens is comfortable int he hand - perfectly balanced with my X-Pro1. Beautiful bokeh and crisp detail. The build quality is evident from first use and the lens simply feels solid while being very smooth in operation.

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      2.0

      Disappointing.

      By devtank

      from Seattle

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good build quality
      • Sharp

      Cons

      • Contrasty
      • Massive Hood
      • Poor Focus Ring Design
      • Spherochromatism
      • Unfortunate Bokeh

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

        I got this lens a few weeks ago and ran it through some extensive testing in various environments, which eventually led me to taking it to the test lab and actually scrutinizing it, because I wasn't entirely satisfied that it was anything like the optical performance Ive come to expect from Zeiss.How hard is it to make a 50mm f1,8 lens when you consider that its already an established lens formula, with a proven track record in other mounts and other formats?I give it two stars because there are three things that make this lens not worth buying. Its sharp. Its small and well built. The separation between what is in focus and not, has an abruptness which tends to make the images all look the same unless stopped down beyond f4. and the bokeh is quite unattractive, which is a factor in a lens that is this expensive. The real deal breaker for is the spherochromatism (that horrible color shift on the front and back of the thing that is in focus), that which was basically done away with in quality optics made anytime in the last 15 years. It does not like to be exposed correctly in color, in contrasty light, you must under expose by -0.7, however it excels in black and white. I tested this lens on both the Fuji X-Trans and the Sony sensor, and it is equally as bad on both. The build quality is nice, feels good in the hand, and is nicely balanced on a XE, X Pro-1 and XT-1. The lens hood is idiotically massive. Its a spectacle in its own right. Why cant we have hoods with specificity like Leica's or the Fuji 35/1.4 and 18/f2?? There is no reason why any manufacturer cant use injection molding processes to make tighter tolerance square hoods which dont stick out into the middle of next week. I like the idea of a smooth rubber focus ring, however this on the FX mount version its too narrow, and the resistance is as this lens is, using your finger tips is not the best solution. I have small hands and even my fingers tend to grip the neighboring metal surfaces, which only adds to the resistance. Also it is difficult to determine tactile efficiency of micro manual adjustments and, if, like me, you find yourself using a fingernail to add a bit of traction, you are out of luck on this lens. If you own a fuji then spend your money on the Fuji 35/1.4 it is optically vastly superior in every way.

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        5.0

        Amazing Lens!

        By Duluthian

        from Duluth, MN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

          All around perfect lens! I had the Fuji 35mm and it was optically superb. But I was put off by its noisy AF (yes, the firmware was up to date) and even though the build quality was better than many brand lenses in that focal length, it still felt a bit fragile to me. User reviews on this Zeiss are hard to come by. I suspect it is because the Fuji lens has been on the market longer and is highly regarded (rightfully so) so many folks don't want to risk switching to the Zeiss. After reading the reviews I could find, I decided to give the Zeiss 32mm a try without ever even holding one. All I can say is wow! Build quality is far superior to the Fuji. And compared to the Fuji 35mm the AF is wisper quiet. I had read some reviews that said the Zeiss was just as noisy as the Fuji. All I can say is those people must have had a bad sample of the Zeiss. AF speed seems to be the same on both lenses (the Zeiss's firmware is up to date as well). Optically, they are equally as sharp in real world use. The Zeiss has better contrast that can give the impression of better sharpness. In all honesty, if you are trying to decide between the Zeiss 32mm f1.8 or the Fuji 35mm f1.4, decide based on price and if you need the f1.4 the Fuji provides. If the price is close and you are fine with f1.8 then I think the Zeiss wins hands down. I would have been happy living with the Fuji, but I'm glad I switched to the Zeiss!

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          5.0

          Nice!

          By Swan

          from Georgia

          Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

          Optical Quality with fineness workmanship, happy with it.

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          5.0

          A must have for your XT-1

          By thangtn3

          from Seattle

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Sharp

          Cons

          • Plastic Looking

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

          This is a great lens for portrait as well as street shooting. the sharpness is spectacular, bokeh awesome. I like the rubber focusing and aperture ring. If it was a f1.2 or f1.4 then it'll be the best x lense in my opinion. The only thing I don't like about it looks plasticky but who cares when you get great photos from it. With the $ rebate, it can't be beat.

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          4.0

          Very happy with this lens

          By Tom the Prof

          from Chicago Il

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

            Having read the tehcnical reviews of this lens and the Fuji 35mm f1,4 and used both lenses I would agree that the choice between them boils down to a matter of taste. They are both excellent lenses. I happen to very much like the contast and colors of Zeiss lenses and this one was no exception. It is now my most-used walk about lens. I would have prefered a traditional metal construction like the Zeiss M-mount lenses but I generally prefer the handling to that of the Fuji 35mm. In my hands the Zeiss auto-focusses noticably faster than the Fuji 35 mm f1.4 when both updated to the latest firmware. This difference is slight when mounted on an X-T1.

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            5.0

            Excellent Addition

            By Tony

            from Virginia Beach, VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast Manual Focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Street photography

              Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

              Recently purchased and started using immediately. Very light weight, beautiful output, and great manual focus. Was using an adapter with Nikon lenses which worked very well, but this makes a huge difference especially when using manual focus. I can acquire the subject much faster with dead on accuracy. Auto focus is also great and the main reason I made this purchase outside of it being a Zeiss and the great sale. Now all I need 1 more prime and a nice zoom lens to make this complete.

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              5.0

              Never ceases to amaze me

              By Nivaun

              from Kingston, WA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Smooth Fstop And Focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Haven't found any cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

              I must say that ever since getting this lens, with the 12mm, they have become my most used lenses. While I understand the reasons, I just don't like Fujifilm's dedication to building zoom lenses especially with the electronic f/stop.

              The graceful build of the Touit 32mm is enhanced by its beautiful color, contrast, and bokeh capture abilities. I have nothing negative to say about this lens.

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              4.0

              Great lens!

              By CalgaryPhotos

              from Calgary Alberta

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

              I had the 35mm Fuji lens and then purchased this one as a replacement. The Fuji definitely was faster and quiter on the autofocus but the feel and the colours out of the zeiss were a bit better and it image quality at 1.8 was definitely better with the zeiss. If you shoot more at 1.8 I would recommend the zeiss. If you need faster autofocus I would recommend the fuji.

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              5.0

              best focal I have

              By Dienson

              from Sounth california

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                use for every thing, light, fast lens, colour and contrast good for indoors

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                5.0

                Contrasty Lens

                By Jian

                from New York

                Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                Very sharp at center with wide open. Edge improves as you increase aperture . Probably one of the best normal lens you can find at the moment that is e-mount.

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                4.0

                Creamy

                By Ren

                from Melbourne

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                  This lens creates deliciously sharp images with creamy bokeh. it feels nice and rugged, the rubber around the focus and aperture rings is a great addition. The focus is a little loud and slow, compared to the Fuji XF 35/1.4. But to me, at least at the special price, the IQ of the Zeiss is worth the extra bucks.

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                  5.0

                  Nice!

                  By Bob

                  from las Vegas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                    Conclusion first. If price was equal, i would choose Zeiss over the fuji 35mm.I owned the fuji for over 6 months and had just sold it before the Zeiss deal came up. The autofocus on the fuji was slower than i liked. After using Zeiss, i just liked the pictures better. I would say color and contrast are better and autofocus (with latest software for my X-e2) was faster. I'm not a fan of the electronic manual focus in general, didn't like fuji's and haven't given the Zeiss much work yet but it feels fine so far. Buying the Zeiss at the discounted price was a no-brainer. the only gotcha is the well documented loose aperture ring(you bump it, it moves) but Zeiss still wins for me.

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic!

                    By Jimbo

                    from Denver

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                      I am not about to repeat what others have said. This is one fantastic prime lens, Robust build quality throughout, and exceptional sharpness and contrast. Mounted to an X-E1, I use this lens in the studio for fashion and commercial photography, and it delivers the results my clients expect time and again. I briefly had the Fujinon 35 F1.4 for a brief time, and while its optical quality is as good, its build quality is subpar: in other words, the Zeiss is a well-machined tool, while the Fuji felt like a cheap toy slammed together. And the fact it's only $ more, and has a 3 year warranty, sealed the deal. Only thing missing is a soft case, but that's not huge deal. Do it, Touit!

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                      5.0

                      PERFECT!!

                      By 7dcms

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                        This lens is light to travel and take sharp clear photos!

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                        5.0

                        Zeiss presents us with an nice option!

                        By jack the brewer

                        from Austin, TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                            I immediately tested this lens against the 18-55 mm "kit" lens expecting to find marked improvements. I did not find a marked improvement in sharpness. I did find an improvement in color and contrast. I first photographed a large family and after getting their order and began to make the prints noted that the images almost printed themselves needing little correction or enhancement. A week later I photographed the management team of my largest corporate client. Again, there was little I had to do to them. There was a clarity I was not used to seeing with my previous DSLR. Also, one of the senior members of the firm who is an avid photographer was a little down on my switch to a mirrorless camera, but when I pointed out the new Zeiss optics he was a bit more impressed. I very much enjoy the ergonomics of this lens and the up-to-date design. It's definitely worth the extra money.

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic glass

                            By Moore Photo Indy

                            from Indianapolis

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Newborns
                            • Portraits
                            • Slow Moving Objects

                            Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                            This lens is great. the build quality is fantastic, the firm click of the apeture ring is clean and precise. the bokeh is very nice and the focus is tack sharp. the focal plane is razor thin at 1.8 (about 1/2" deep if that) so when you are shooting wide open you do really have to be careful to hit your focus target. But the images look fantastic. if you're looking for a good normal portrait lens this is the one. I have a couple of the other x-mount lenses from Fuji and the build quality of the Zeiss is better.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens ~ Worth the price

                            By NTNphoto

                            from Baltimore, MD

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate focus
                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharpness
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Price

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount):

                            The first thing I noticed when picking up the new Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Planar for Fuji X cameras is the solid build quality. The build quality is definitely better than that of the Fuji 35mm lens. It is a subtle feeling, but when you hold the lens in your hand there is a smoothness and solidness through and through. Everything feels perfectly fitted and machined properly. There was a certain looseness to the Fuji Lens that I didn't realize I didn't like until I held this one.

                            Onto what the Zeiss name is known for, their high quality image output and sharpness. I find that this lens is very sharp, especially wide open. You can't go wrong with this lens as far as image quality goes. The only catch is that the Fuji is also very sharp. In fact it is very near to the sharpness of this Zeiss lens, but I would say the Zeiss has a bit of an edge on sharpness albeit barely.

                            Where I think the Zeiss really shines is its contrast and color. I find it to be superior to the Fuji in its rendering of color. There is a little more warmth to the images that I like, but again this is pretty subjective. This is something you could always add in post as well, but I am always a big proponent of getting as much of what you want in camera first.

                            The autofocus seems to be on par with the Fuji 35mm if not a little better actually. It's hard to say, but it is pretty much about the same.

                            One thing I suspect most people will like more about the Fuji is its bokeh. The Fuji has super smooth and creamy bokeh and this lens does not. That's not to say this lens has bad bokeh and I actually really like the out of focus rendering to this lens a lot. It has a really classic look to the out of focus elements, but I wouldn't define it as creamy.

                            The big question is whether or not this lens is worth $300 more than the Fuji lens for what basically seems like small subtle improvements over the Fuji. To me it was, and given the choice between the two lenses I would choose this one. I will say that you can't go wrong with either lens.

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