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ZeissTouit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent output (16)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Strong construction (16)
  • Easily interchangeable (15)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (14)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (23)
  • Low light (9)
  • Night photography (6)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

An EXCELLENT addition to the e-mount inv

The 12mm f2.8 Touit is as handsome to look at as it is to use. The anodized light metal outer shell with its solid and snug fitting rubber focusing ring contains a wonderful eleven...Read complete review

The 12mm f2.8 Touit is as handsome to look at as it is to use. The anodized light metal outer shell with its solid and snug fitting rubber focusing ring contains a wonderful eleven element set of optics, a nine blade iris. Shot in vertical "portrait" mode on the NEX-7, the 12mm Touit enables architectural shots without vertical convergence (as with a view camera) and I have seen NO evidence of barrel distortion nor chromatic aberation. Diffraction probably sets in after f11 but without formal testing on my part, I'd guess it is quite mild (the attached photo was shot at ISO 100 and f11.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lovely images, but not a perfect lens

Wide angle lenses are not the most common focal lengths for shooting pictures. Typically, people buy these types of lenses for specific purposes -- typically for real estate or architectural photography, or for...Read complete review

Wide angle lenses are not the most common focal lengths for shooting pictures. Typically, people buy these types of lenses for specific purposes -- typically for real estate or architectural photography, or for wide angle landscapes. In my case, I was looking for a lens for use in my underwater photography (I have a professional grade scuba housing for my Sony NEX camera). I tested the lens extensively, and really enjoyed the images, but in the end, I decided to return the lens.

I don't use wide angle lenses that much on land, but I do use them extensively underwater -- particularly for underwater video, as well as photos. This lens takes beautiful pictures, but be warned, it focus hunts like crazy!!! Seriously, it will drain your camera's battery. It is pretty much a continual focus hunt. The focus hunting was annoying, but if I primarily wanted this for land photography, I would have kept the lens. However, since I am reliant on the autofocus underwater (where you can't open a scuba housing and use the focus ring), I don't think this lens would have cut it. I think would have been especially problematic for underwater video.

That said, the images are gorgeous -- rich, textured, beautiful color. I practiced what is known as "close focus wide angle" shots since that is what I try to do underwater, and I got some great shots of flowers and food -- even though this is not a macro lens. For landscapes or architectural shots, where you can intervene and focus manually when needed, this is a great lens. For the right purposes, this is a nice tool -- just not for the purposes I need it. On balance, I would give this a tightly qualified positive recommendation.

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5.0

One of my favorite lenses!

By Bucka Bill

from Woodacre, CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

    Interested in a extreme wide angle lens to bring on a trip along the California coast, I took the chance of investing in this 12mm Zeiss Touit for my NEX-7. I fell in love with this lens as soon as I unboxed it. I find the design very pleasing and enjoy the handling of its solid build quality. But the performance surpassed my expectations. Distortion in raw format was minimal for such a wide-angle lens, and it can be further corrected in post-processing. The lens was so interesting that I began to use it for all kinds of shooting, not just landscapes. I found all kinds of dramatic results from shooting the most ordinary subjects. As you would expect with a Zeiss lens, pictures and sharp and colors are rich. Highly recommended!

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    4.0

    Excellent Quality, but Noisy

    By akito

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Noisy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

    This has excellent Image Quality but it is a bit noisy when focusing, and it isn't fully compatible with the A6000's phase detection.

    When it focuses, it sometimes takes a bit longer than my other E-mount lenses, and it has a relatively louder mechanical, sound when focusing.

    Although it is only F2.8, I'll probably use this Lens mostly outdoors so it shouldn't be a problem.

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    4.0

    First lens to buy for the Sony a6000!

    By Noam

    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • No Hybrid Af Support

    Best Uses

    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

    Very nice lens. Sharp, minimal distortion for such a wide angle. I couldn't see any chromatic aberration at all. I bought it for use with the a6000. So far I love the results I have been getting with it.

    The only thing that I wish was different is the hybrid AF function that is not supported on this lens (yet). My understanding is that Zeiss will put out a firmware update to enable this function later this summer.

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens for A6000

    By Jin

    from Rockville, Maryland

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

      I own Canon DSL for a long time, I'm looking for a camera and lenses for my travel and street shoot. The new system should have high image qualities as my 5D mark III. After tested this lens I'm very happy I made a right decision. It's very sharp, nice color and fast focus. The image quality is great.

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      5.0

      Very Nice Indeed

      By msolea

      from Porterville, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Filter Size A Bit Large
      • No focus distance scale

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Real Estate

      Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

      Very clean lens with a great tactile feel to it. The images appear to be of very low to negligible distortion. Great Lens

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      3.0

      Lovely images, but not a perfect lens

      By Basil

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

      Wide angle lenses are not the most common focal lengths for shooting pictures. Typically, people buy these types of lenses for specific purposes -- typically for real estate or architectural photography, or for wide angle landscapes. In my case, I was looking for a lens for use in my underwater photography (I have a professional grade scuba housing for my Sony NEX camera). I tested the lens extensively, and really enjoyed the images, but in the end, I decided to return the lens.

      I don't use wide angle lenses that much on land, but I do use them extensively underwater -- particularly for underwater video, as well as photos. This lens takes beautiful pictures, but be warned, it focus hunts like crazy!!! Seriously, it will drain your camera's battery. It is pretty much a continual focus hunt. The focus hunting was annoying, but if I primarily wanted this for land photography, I would have kept the lens. However, since I am reliant on the autofocus underwater (where you can't open a scuba housing and use the focus ring), I don't think this lens would have cut it. I think would have been especially problematic for underwater video.

      That said, the images are gorgeous -- rich, textured, beautiful color. I practiced what is known as "close focus wide angle" shots since that is what I try to do underwater, and I got some great shots of flowers and food -- even though this is not a macro lens. For landscapes or architectural shots, where you can intervene and focus manually when needed, this is a great lens. For the right purposes, this is a nice tool -- just not for the purposes I need it. On balance, I would give this a tightly qualified positive recommendation.

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens for A6000

      By Jin

      from Maryland

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

        I own Canon DSL for a long time, I'm looking for a camera and lenses for my revel and street shoot. The new system should have sampler image qualities as my 5D mark III. After tested this lens I'm very happy I made a right decision. It's very sharp, nice color and fast focus. The image quality is great.

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        5.0

        Excellent shapness

        By lemduc

        from LA, CA

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        Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

        Excellent shapness

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        5.0

        Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

        By Day deSIANG

        from malaysia

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction
        • Zeiss Logo All Around

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

        + Very Sharp!
        + One of the best wide angle lens for E mount!
        + Great build quality

        - Heavy
        - Not so pretty

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        5.0

        Works well with Sony A7R

        By Suresh

        from Country Australia

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              Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

              Despite being made for APSC, this works surprisingly well with the full frame sensor. Beautiful size and handling on the A7r
              Finally a native wide angle lens for this line of cameras.

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              5.0

              Nothing beat the Zeiss image sharpness

              By Marvin

              from Markham, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

              Won't go wrong with this lens (especially with the summer package kit).

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              5.0

              excellant addition to my kit

              By Douglas P.

              from St Louis

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                My first opportunity to use this lens was to photograph the "Stunning Lady of the Lake Mosiac" in Stockholm's city hall with my NEX 7. It did a super job in the mixed lighting conditions of the building's hall. I'm sure your question is would I buy it again - yup, I certainly would.

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                5.0

                Wonderful ultrawide

                By Grenache

                from Bay Area, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Minimal Distortion
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Optical performance
                • Sharpness

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                  The rendering in this lens approaches the quality of the glorious Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 lens for SLRs. It is far lighter than its big brother, but the optical performance is still excellent. Vignetting is well controlled, and distortion is minimal and easily corrected in post processing.

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                  5.0

                  Wow

                  By Eddyattoronto

                  from Toronto, Canada

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  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
                    • Video

                    Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                    The Zeiss experience start the moment you receive the package....very fancy packing to remind you this is a nice little lens.

                    Like the colour rendering, build and touch. Excellent addition to my street photography kit.

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                    4.0

                    Great lens for the NEX 7

                    By Timothyk

                    from Batavia NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate autofocus
                    • Color and contrast
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Minimum Focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Close Up Almost Macro
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Stylised Architecture

                    Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                    Great lens for the nex 7, a significant improvement over the other available options. Excellent contrast and resolution, exceptional handling of chromatic aberrations given the wide field of view, and overall performance that is exactly as expected.

                    The size is a bit large mostly due to the flare at the end, but is quite manageable with this small camera. Focus is slower than with a native Sony lens but nothing that impacts a shooters workflow in any meaningful way.

                    Overall i highly recommend this lens

                    ** Note - make sure to upgrade the camera firmware to the newest version. I was originally using the 1.02 version and the lens struggled to focus. The update made a world of difference by correcting this issue.

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                    5.0

                    What a lens!

                    By Bill

                    from Irasburg, VT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Extreme sharpness
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Noisy Aruto Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                    This is one sharp lens with a fantastic angle of view. I could see no fall of image quality even wide open.
                    Its a great lens for availble light photography, such as interiors of churchs, museum, etc.
                    Beside its wider angle of view it is much sharper than the Sony 16mm wide angle.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens!

                    By Linfeng0125

                    from Atlanta, GA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video

                      Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                      I own a Canon DSLR and Sony NEX F3. After discussion with my friends, we do believe a combination of Canon full frame DSLR with long focal length lens and NEX with standard and wide angle lens is perfect. You don't have to switch lens and worry about image qualities, and the gear is kept as convenient as possible by this combination. Zeiss 12mm and 32mm are perfect lens for this plan. They are both compact.

                      The sharpness of Touit 12mm can be rated as perfect. It is very clear even at edge. Focusing is fast and the lens is very well built. It is significantly better than well rated Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 Pro II (which I loved a lot) referring to sharpness and focusing speed. I have used this lens for two weeks and have not found any big issue so far.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By D_McC

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                      I bought this to take expansive landscape and cityscape shots. The image quality is great and thats why you buy Zeiss. The autofocus works (actually better than I could manually focus on my Nex 7) but it is slow and it is noisy. So using this lens for video is not recommended. I plan on using it on a stabilizer with the focus locked.

                      The build quality is great and I've been very impressed with the sharpness and colors this lens gives you.

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                      5.0

                      Gobsmacked!

                      By jazzboy

                      from Vancouver, BC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                          Had a very quick test and this lens is simply ridiculous! The detail and depth of color is off the charts. If you can't get a stellar photo with lens, maybe photography isn't for you! :-)

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                          5.0

                          Zeiss scores with another Very Good Lens

                          By Bergen County

                          from Bergen County

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount):

                            I had two copies of the Fuji 14mm 2.8. Both had severe centering defects that manifested themselves as out of focus areas in different areas of the frame. I put up with that to a small degree with zooms, but with a highly rated prime, no. Where the lens was sharp it was incredibly sharp...but the issues showed in prints. I sent both back. First time I've had an issue with Fuji lenses which overall I think are awesome.

                            Not wanting to get a 3rd 14mm Fuji, enter the Touit. I've had a total of 3 Zeiss lenses for my Canon 5D MkII and they were brilliant with high build quality and very good images, particularly the 21mm 2.8 which is epic.

                            I just took delivery of the Touit and did a few landscape shots at all apertures up to f11, a few indoor shots and a few artsy portraits. From what I can see it is very sharp across the frame, typically a bit better in the center. It might not be as crazy sharp in the center as the Fuji 14mm, but it also doesn't have the major decentering defects like the two Fujis and actually I think the edges are better (or more consistent from center to edge/corners). It's also 2mm wider, which is different and therefore the typical wide-angle distortions are more pronounced.

                            The Fuji is a bit cheaper (unless you took advantage of the crazy rebates), but I'd rate the build quality better on the Zeiss. It's very elegant and the finish is very good. Frankly, if you get a good Fuji fantastic. However, I wasn't willing to give them a third chance. The Zeiss won't let you down if it's your choice.

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