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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 18mm
  • Floating Element Design
  • Two Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Carl ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Rigid Metal Construction
  • Rubberized Control Rings
  • Supports All Sony E Camera Functions
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ZEISS 12mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

The ZEISS Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount) is a wide-angle prime lens designed specifically for use on APS-C-sized image sensors, and as such provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 18mm. This lens is compatible with Sony E mirrorless cameras and supports all camera functions, including autofocus and exposure control.

The Distagon design of this lens integrates a floating element design that includes two aspherical elements and three partial-dispersion elements to reduce aberrations and distortion to produce high image clarity, sharpness, and even brightness. Carl ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have also been applied to all lens surfaces to improve light transmission and image contrast by minimizing surface reflections, lens flare, and ghosting.

The construction of the lens features a metal lens barrel with rubberized control rings for high precision when manually focusing. 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.

Supports Phase-Detection and Fast Hybrid AF
This lens has been updated with Version 02 firmware and supports the use of phase-detection AF and Fast Hybrid autofocus systems on Sony E-mount cameras.
Sony E Compatibility
Designed for use on Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 18mm. The lens offers complete compatibility with all camera functions, including accurate autofocus and exposure control. It features a wide f/2.8 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 the Distagon optical design with a floating element construction and includes two aspherical elements and three partial dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion while offering increased sharpness and even illumination. Carl ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Physical Design
The lens features a rigid, durable metal barrel with rubberized control rings to provide improved handling abilities. The metal bayonet mount ensures a solid connection between the camera and lens, and a nine-blade, nearly circular aperture is used to smoothly render out-of-focus highlights.
In the Box
ZEISS Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ZEISS 12mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 12mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 18 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility Sony NEX (APS-C)
    Angle of View 99°
    Minimum Focus Distance 7.09" / 18 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.56 x 3.19" / 65 x 81 mm
    Weight 9.17 oz / 260 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 5.3 x 4.7"

    ZEISS 12mm f/2.8 reviews

    Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 62.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and breathtaking photos! I love this lens. I am by no means an amazing photographer. I understand some basics and play in aperture mode and with various settings, but to be honest a lot of my photos are on SCN mode in landscape or automatic. I know, don't tell anyone! I am really using my Sony Nex7 like a point and shoot. There is a clear difference between the Sony lenses and the two Zeiss lenses I have (this one and the 24/1.8). These lenses just give beautiful, crisp views. Really, really beautiful views, angles, colors. I am very happy with this lens.
    Date published: 2015-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite lenses! 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!
    Date published: 2014-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasure to use, Quality results I've been using Touit for about 3 months now, mostly for lanscapes (not enough landscapse, I should get more time off work) and architecture photogrpahy, including indoors architecture, with less than perfect light. As I define myself as a beginner, and still learning the basics, I can't really compare it to other wide angles I've used before (I didn't..). Comparing to the kit 16-50mm and 55-200 mm Sony lenses, I get amazing results from shooting with this lens mounted. The amounts of details and clarity in almost every light condition, in apertures ranging mostly from 4 to 8 makes me more than satisfied. When shooting in RAW, any distortion or vignetting I find is easily automatically fixed in Lightroom. It is dealt in camera very well when shooting JPEGs. It is well built, which adds even more to the fun of holding the camera.
    Date published: 2015-05-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some good, some bad Optics are beautiful, there is no doubt. My concern is with the internal focus and aperture control mechanisms. The lens appears to rely on a motor that adjusts the focus + aperture which affects the feel of the lens. While that's a subjective complaint, in under 30 days, the aperture motor control ceased to work, so I replaced this lens with another 12mm, non-Zeiss brand. I think this lens is probably great for slow, still photography, but if you constantly adjust manually to get the shots you need, the slow response will be frustration and the delicacy of the mechanics will make you nervous about it's longevity post-warranty.
    Date published: 2015-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the price!!! For those of you considering the Sony 10-18mm and the zeiss 12mm, go with the zeiss you won't be disappointed. Took this lense to my trip to Rome and Florence with my Sony a6000 and I had no problem capturing the beautiful architecture and landscapes of Italy. I was hesitant at first to pull the trigger, but just remember that picture or image you want to capture is well worth the price of the memory you'll be keeping and capturing with the clarity of this lense.
    Date published: 2016-05-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice optics. Not designed for video applications. I bought this for my Sony FS5 digital cinema camera. It is sharper and has better local contrast than the Sony 10-18mm f4 zoom and weighs just a bit more. Unfortunately the autofocus hunts on the Zeiss while the Sony lens is quick and decisive. Not an issue in many situations, but when the camera is on a gimbal it makes a difference. I decided to keep it any way because the image is slightly better. The lens had 02 firmware, which is supposed to make it better. Not really good enough AF, even with the firmware. Strangely mine came from BH without the plastic bags inside the box. It makes me believe I got someone else's return, even though I ordered a new lens.
    Date published: 2017-01-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens for the NEX 7 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-21
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    Designed for use with:

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    • Sony PXW-FS7M2K
    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
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    • Sony NXCAM NEX-EA50M
    • Sony XDCAM PXW-FS7
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5 Kit
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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