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ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens for Sony E

BH #ZE5028TME • MFR #2030-680
ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 75mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
A clever short telephoto, the Sony E-mount ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M is a 75mm-equivalent prime suitable for both portraiture as well as close-up shooting. As a macro lens, it features a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification ratio and a minimum focusing distance of 5.9" for working with nearby subjects. Its advanced Planar optical design includes two aspherical elements and two low dispersion elements, which help to control a variety of aberrations, distortion, and color fringing in order to produce sharp, well-corrected imagery. A floating elements system is used, too, to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range. Individual elements also receive a ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, suiting both photo and video use, this lens incorporates a DC autofocus motor to deliver especially fast, quiet, and precise focusing performance.
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ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro Overview

A clever short telephoto, the Sony E-mount ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8M is a 75mm-equivalent prime suitable for both portraiture as well as close-up shooting. As a macro lens, it features a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification ratio and a minimum focusing distance of 5.9" for working with nearby subjects. Its advanced Planar optical design includes two aspherical elements and two low dispersion elements, which help to control a variety of aberrations, distortion, and color fringing in order to produce sharp, well-corrected imagery. A floating elements system is used, too, to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range. Individual elements also receive a ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, suiting both photo and video use, this lens incorporates a DC autofocus motor to deliver especially fast, quiet, and precise focusing performance.

Short telephoto prime is designed for APS-C-format Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 75mm equivalent focal length.
Ideal for macro shooting, this lens offers a life-size 1:1 maximum magnification along with a minimum focusing distance of 5.9" to suit working with close-up subjects.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in available-light conditions and also contributes a relatively smaller, lighter form factor.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
The optical design utilizes two anomalous partial dispersion elements to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
Two aspherical elements control distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range.
DC autofocus motor delivers quick and quiet focusing performance to suit both stills and video shooting applications.

ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro Specs

Focal Length50mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 75mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View31°
Minimum Focus Distance5.91" / 15 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.95 x 3.58" / 75 x 91 mm
Weight10.23 oz / 290 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.95 x 5.45 x 4.7"

ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro Reviews

Limited Macro Subject Usefulness

By Peter
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-26

I purchased this lens to be used on a Sony a6000 to photograph insects and flowers. I've found it's usefulness for those purposes is limited by extremely shallow depth of field in the usable f-stop range The sharpness is good, on a par with but not superior to Sony-Zeiss lenses I have used. Focusing is often rather slow and the lens continuously hunts for focus while the camera is turned on. Construction and materials are superb and the lens is very light weight.

Great lens (though the AF can be a touch slow)

By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-27

This very dedicated amateur adds his two cents because this was my first lens on my first Sony camera, and I went on to purchase other Zeiss lenses and other Sony cameras. So I have a sentimental attachment to it. I'm not a pixel peeper, but what I see with deep focus at f/22 is everything sharp from front to back which is exactly what I want. The color is gorgeous, a revelation. I really like to shoot around dusk in available light, and that reveals the only reason I don't give this lens five stars: In low light, autofocus, never fast and a little noisy, will start to hunt. I can focus with the lens wide open and then stop down, but who wants that? (Other Zeiss lenses don't fail like this nearly so early in the evening.) Otherwise, great!

Great as is...extension tubes...eh

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-06

I tried to push this lens with fancy Kenko extension tubes...no dice really. What you lose is not just light but you lose color. I am studying sphalerite minerals in a dolomitized limestone to see the mode of mineralization. If you push to higher magnification with 10 and 20 mm stacked or unstacked tubes you just lose background textures...the mineral grain boundaries fuzz enough to where I can't see as much. Light leakage...my foot...you lose more than just light...somehow you you leave the sweet spot for color rendition and with less colors...the tiny mineralized fossils just seem set in a background of beige blah...I can kind of make out the fossil patterns but they are definitely NOT INTERESTING to the eye. The traces of coral fragments are more like a dusting of black on a tan background. Native lens resolution allows me to see enough to notice most of the mineralization seems to be associated with imploded or exploded grain patterns AND with skeletal fragments. I had not noticed the grains actually fit together and the joints of beige dolomite crystals are often glued with sphalerite/zinc sulfide and with transparent quartz. I really need to go to higher magnification to understand and see the crystals clearly enough to identify them. We are talking about grain sizes that are too fine for the naked eye in a rock that looks very drab. Comparing it with the Sony a6000 kit lens on macro with 30 mm of extension gets you to a higher level of magnification but you can't see as much as with the 50mm just by itself. The rock textures are just indistinct and uninteresting...with 30mm of extension tubes...and I bought the best ones I could get...the Kenko full frame ones for my little APSC sensors either on the A6000 or the A6500. I would upload a few images but that 5meg limit kills me. The Zeiss shots are all 7meg jpgs. I can't tell if the newer sensor in the A6500 helps any. I think the color differences of the Zeiss on the two Sony's is visible. That's how I actually noticed the glued back together pattern.

It's almost a microscope...push to 50x

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-17

I am a practicing mineral exploration geologist and look at rock a lot. This lens is better than my standard 14x hand lens and is probably better than the 20x Iwamoto hand lens I often use. I rate the Zeiss 50x or more without blur. It's not as high a magnification as my 220x dinolite but it's way optically better than the Dinolite. I use a Sony A6000 with the APS-C and have no sense of what I might get with another lens and a full frame setup. I can't do professional setups or take an hour a shot to tease out mineral relationships. The colors in the Zeiss Touit are much better than the Sony 30mm F3.5 so it goes back. Plus overall the Zeiss is reasonably hand held...with lots of light. I push to 75x with image processing at F16 on a stand and you can recognize somewhat blurry minerals in the enclosed lightened and colorized processed annotated image. I recognize the respective minerals from using higher magnification because the Macro isn't quite good enough for easy mineral identification at that grain size. Look at what I'm working with...drab yellow brown very fine grained dolomite. I can't get around the 5 meg max uploading files at BH so I can't really demo. the lens but the rock on the table is shot with the Sony Kit lens at macro setting...38mm. No way I can get the Sony 30mm 3.5 macro to show as much and the colors do not come out. The second image is with the Sony Kit lens, same rock, Kit lens on macro setting. You can't see anything really. It's just drab rock unless you know what you are looking for. The yellow rock third image shows the native grain size on the outside of the same rock. The dolomite crystals are just too small to see with the naked eye. I can't even see the lead and zinc minerals well enough to identify them with a 21 x Pentax monocular. They are suspicious minerals that cannot be recognized at 21x. I can't deal with a binoc. scope...too slow when you have thousands of meters of rock. Lighting? Please help. I'm not interested in saving a buck...but I can't haul professional stuff...too cumbersome. The Doctors Eyes lighting seems interesting but not much acceptance in the photographic community...and the petrologic community? Don't know. Maybe...but all day use? Eh.

Fantastic

By Fabio
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-08

I love using these e-mount lenses by Ziess. Just wonderul quality overall and quite a good price. I use this with a Sony A7sii, the only drawback is that it's made for an ASP-C censor so for video you need to end up cropping to something like a 70mm. But its amazing macro abilities are really worth it.

Sharp

By Bassel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-18

I'm really like it

does not live up to zeiss legacy

By Mitchel
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-09

The entire line of zeiss touit lenses are a waste of money. the aperture will seize after minor use and it costs basically the price of a new lens to get it repaired by their service center... even if it's under warranty. build quality gets zero stars. avoid.

Earlier review continued (adding images)

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-27

Submitting this review only to share a few close-ups that I neglected to include with my first review. Please see my original review on 5/3/2018 “Classic image quality, John T”. Nothing has changed (I still love it - I would buy it again without hesitation). Keep in mind these are lower resolution renders to keep sizes down for posting. The originals are beautiful. Another note: these are from an a6300, all taken on a tripod, @ ISO100. I keep a UV filter on all of my lenses as protection. My Touit (and my Milvus lenses) are ZEISS UV T* filters and I use B&W UV Pro. on my others. I hope the images help illustrate my earlier statements/opinions related to the classic look (that I enjoy).

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Does the lens you are selling have the latest software so it does not have to be sent back Zeiss to be updated?
Asked by: Neil S.
As far as we know yes it does come with the latest firmware. Unfortunately we do not have access to our inventory to inspect the lens prior to shipping them out.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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why I have sound noise when using manual focus in video mode ? Can someone help me. Thank you
Asked by: Cidoiu V.
This is one of the (several) disappointments about this otherwise excellent lens: manual focus is not truly manual , it is fly-by-wire in the sense that turning the focus ring does not transmit movement directly to the internal parts, instead, this triggers the motor and the motor imparts movement internally. This is why focusing by hand still makes the noise: you're hearing that robust motor mentioned in the other reply because it's being switched on to adjust focus. This lens is not usable for video unless you're not capturing audio at the same time. Don't even try it, you'll just end up pulling your hair out in post... To be fair, Zeiss should put that in bold letters at the top of the product description.
Answered by: JEAN-PHILIPPE G.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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I'm looking for a macro lens for my Nex-6.Is there a difference between a true Macro lens, and this lens, which offers 1:1 Macro capability? Is there anything that the Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens will do that this lens will not?(For example, I read somewhere that a true macro will have a flat focus plane, rather than a curved focus plane. Is the focus plane of this lens flat or curved?)
Asked by: Jeff S.
I am shooting a NEX-6 as well. I believe that the Zeiss 50mm is a true macro lens that can also be use for portraits. I don't think there is anything that the Sony 30mm Macro can do that his lens won't (I own both lenses), but I can say that this lens can focus closer and get better images than the Sony 30mm. I can't say that the focus plane of this lens is flat or curved.
Answered by: Joseph B.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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How would this be on a Sony a7s? I have a Sony 50mm macro A mount, but have to use an adapter, and it is noisy focusing.Also what is the close-focus distance?
Asked by: Anonymous
I use mine currently on a Sony NEX 6 in a Nauticam housing for UW photography. Mostly macro. I will be moving it to a Sony 6300.
Answered by: Carl F.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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