ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens (Sony E-Mount)

ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens (Sony E-Mount)

ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens (Sony E-Mount)

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Product Highlights

  • For Sony E-Mount APS-C Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 75mm
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Two Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 1:1 Macro Capability
  • Floating Lens Element Design
  • Rigid Metal Construction
  • Rubberized Control Rings
  • Supports All Sony E Camera Functions
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ZEISS 50mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

The ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M Lens (Sony E-Mount) is a moderate telephoto macro lens designed for use on cameras with APS-C format sensors and as such provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 75mm. This lens is compatible with Sony E mirrorless cameras and supports all camera functions, including autofocus and exposure control. With a 1:1 magnification ratio, it offers close-up macro capability and its minimum focus distance is 6". An f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light and provides shallow depth of field focus.

A complex floating lens system ensures a uniform length when focusing and provides consistently sharp performance. The optical design includes two aspherical elements and two anomalous partial dispersion elements which minimize lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberrations. Its nearly circular 9-blade diaphragm combined with depth of field control enables imaging with a soft, pleasing, out-of-focus background. It is an ideal lens for portraiture, still-life, landscape and numerous other photo and video applications. 

The physical construction of the lens features a sleek, all black, metal lens barrel with rubberized control rings for smooth precision when working with manual focus. A metal bayonet mount ensures accurate alignment.

For optimum compatibility of Touit lenses on Sony NEX cameras it is recommend to use the latest firmware (1.02 for NEX-5R/NEX-6 and 1.03 for NEX-7 or higher). The firmware can be downloaded from the Sony website.


Sony E Compatibility
Designed for use on Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras, its 35mm focal length equivalence is 75mm. The lens offers complete compatibility with all camera functions, including accurate autofocus and exposure control. It features a wide f/2.8 maximum aperture for effective low-light shooting as well as greater control over the focus plane for shallow depth of field and selective focus applications.
Optical Design
A floating element design provides images with sharp delineation and means the lens does not extend during focus. The optical construction includes two aspherical elements and two anomalous partial dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion.
Physical Design
A durable metal barrel with rubberized control rings provide improved handling. The metal bayonet mount ensures a solid connection between the camera and lens, and a nine-blade, nearly circular aperture is used to render soft, out-of-focus highlights.
In the Box
ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens (Sony E-Mount)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ZEISS 50mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 75 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility Sony NEX (APS-C)
    Angle of View 31°
    Minimum Focus Distance 6.02" / 15.29 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.56 x 4.09" / 65 x 104 mm
    Weight 10.23 oz / 290 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 5.5 x 4.7"

    ZEISS 50mm f/2.8 reviews

    Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens (Sony E-Mount) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazingly sharp You can't ask for a sharper lens than this. It's crystal clear, beautiful to look at and light weight. I use it for landscapes and portraits, as well as for macro shooting. It needs a focus limiter switch when shooting macro, which other reviewers have also noted, but it's not hard to work around its absence. You can shoot in manual mode; or, in auto-focus mode, you can start by zooming in from a foot or so, then slowly move in to maintain macro focus. But given all its other positive qualities, the lack of a focus limiter switch is not a deal breaker. It's hard to go wrong with this lens.
    Date published: 2015-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss Sharp -- Not Simply a Macro I have used the Touit 50mm f/2.8 to photograph flowers and trees in the gardens where I live. The conditions often range from deep shade with a ray of sunlight to broad sun and back to mixed and deep shade. In these conditions, the lens remains accurate, a very necessary feature because I often must one-hand the camera, and it is certainly sharp. This is my second Zeiss lens and, including the Sony 24mm with Zeiss glass, my third piece of Zeiss glass for the NEX-7. These lenses make the camera something special.
    Date published: 2015-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Macro Lens I Own I own 6 other Macro lenses and this is the best not only macro, but also other prime lens by far. It is exceedingly sharp at all distances and produces excellent and clear color. I can find no flaws with it. Having the unbelievable number of 14 elements in a prime ( non-zoom ) lens is obviously the reason this lens is so magnificent.
    Date published: 2015-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right stuff! This lens is everything I expected it to be. It gives me the ability to get super close and has excellent fine detail. A must have for my underwater photography. I am using it topside and in an Nauticam underwater housing.
    Date published: 2014-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good and very easy While waiting for this lens to come out had been using a vintage Micro Nikkor 55/3.5 and a vintage Minolta Maxxum 100/f2.8. Both are fine lenses. But for my purpose of wildflower photography the Minolta is a bit long focal length to hand hold and heavy to tote, and the Micro Nikkor is hampered by lack of a preset diaphragm when used on a modern camera. Manually focusing a stopped down lens is less accurate than focusing wide open with the diaphragm preset for desired aperture. The Micro Nikkor also has poor color balance turning red geraniums into blue flowers, until corrected in Lr, a nuisance and an introduction of bias as I try to get correct color. Lab test involved mounting camera on tripod and photographing George Washington on a dollar bill at 1:2 reproduction. Photos were all at f/11 and f/16, apertures I use in the field. Under these controlled conditions, in which the Micro Nikkor could be focused wide open, then stopped down for exposure, there was so little difference in sharpness that 3 experienced photographers could not agree on a winner. Field test involved taking 2 Nex 7 cameras, one with Zeiss Touit and other with Micro Nikkor, and shooting as close to identical photos of two wildflowers in bloom, one white and yellow, the other lavendar and yellow. In the field the Micro Nikkor was focused at the aperture of the exposure. Both lenses were tested at f/11 and at f/16. In all but one match-up the Zeiss was sharper, each photo was a keeper. Micro Nikkor focus was only precise in one photo. This is why when using the Micro Nikkor on the Nex 7 I had learned to shoot multiple frames while moving camera nearer and farther, either hand held or on a monopod. It is possible that the FX format Micro Nikkor, vs. the DX format Zeiss Touit, is less troubled with diffraction at f/16 and has sharper corner resolution at large apertures (apertures never used in macro work) but the imprecise focus, unless using a tripod to enable focus before stopping down, ruins too many photos. And the Zeiss Touit color balance and contrast is stunning. Some points and comments regarding reviews by others. 1. I am not troubled by absence of focus limiter, DOF scale, reproduction ratio scale. 2. Close focus, the auto focus never stops hunting, but so what, as you should use the excellent manual focus and in-camera peaking. 3. When using flash use an accessory flash and remove lens hood to avoid shadows.
    Date published: 2015-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive! This lens was purchased as a replacement for a Sony lens which would not permit me to use a filter with the hood. I live at a high altitude and Spring is WINDY. Very impressed with the photos I've taken- especially the macro. I will be spending less time editing. Photos .
    Date published: 2016-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from FOR ANY E-MOUNT SONY LIKE AN A7R2 --THIS LENS IS A MUST HAVE This lens is designed by Zeiss to pull the most resolution of the powerful sensors in the Sony brand E-mount cameras. I LOVE THIS LENS. I have shot with now for more than two week and it simply makes some beautiful images. The Bokeh is awesome and creamy smooth, the clarity and edge to edge sharpness is superb.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp - Great Color Both a Macro and a Portrait/Walk-around lens. Exquisit color and detail. Auto focus is fine - real close requires manual focus as with any macro lens. Zeiss does not disappoint. A bit expensive, but you get what you pay for.
    Date published: 2015-05-07
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    Designed for use with:

    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
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