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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- E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 75mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- Two Aspherical Elements
ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro Overview
ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro Specs
|Focal Length||50mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 75mm)|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Lens Format Coverage||APS-C|
|Angle of View||31°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||5.91" / 15 cm|
|Macro Reproduction Ratio||1:1|
|Optical Design||14 Elements in 11 Groups|
|Filter Size||52 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.95 x 3.58" / 75 x 91 mm|
|Weight||10.23 oz / 290 g|
|Package Weight||1.6 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||8.95 x 5.45 x 4.7"|
ZEISS Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro Reviews
Excellent Marco Lens!!
This lens is about the same size and weight as the Fuji 18-55mm zoom, which is to say it is a nice size for the X-T3/4/5 and X-H1/2 bodies. A tripod is definitely needed for 1:1 shots as well as using manual focus. Overall the lens is sharp, quiet, and is a macro focal length not available in current native Fuji lenses. It's a great compliment to any Fuji XF collection!! Note: I got this lens to be my macro lens primarily for scanning 35mm negatives with a future Negative Supply setup, although it is also a nice 50mm (75mm equiv) walk-around lens with the option of VERY close-up shots.
Limited Macro Subject Usefulness
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.
I originally gave 4 stars 5 years ago: after using this since then, I think this is is quite an amazing lens. For macro, I only use the electronic shutter, which eliminates shutter shock. While the manual focus is by wire, I thinks it’s quite good, especially when compared to the Fuji’s. What really sets it apart, though, is the hypnotically beautiful bokeh. I love this lens!
does not live up to zeiss legacy
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.
does not live up to zeiss legacy
The entire series of touit lenses is a waste of money. As a long time Zeiss professional user I was excited for these lenses to come out for the apsc format but they disapoint in every way. The image quality is mediocre. The autofocus is basically unuseable. the build quality is atrocious and cheap feeling. The aperture on my touit lens siezed after a year of use. So much for lenses being a lifetime investment. Avoid the touit series... and all modern zeiss lenses for that matter.
Sharp macro with Zeiss quality
I've only given this lens a short test, but really like what I see so far. It is sharp and produces good results. As someone new to macro, I have to get used to paying much greater attention to depth of field, but it's easy to evaluate that, especially since I use this with my Fujifilm X-T2 which has a great EVF -- what you see is what you get. I'd read that one downside was the slowness of the autofocus, but I feel it focuses reasonably fast. Even so, I'll try to use manual focus more. The Zeiss reputation for quality is another factor I considered here, and indeed, this lens is solidly made and the optics are terrific. It feels solid and well constructed. Only one downside -- it does not have image stabilization built into the lens, but that's something I can work around, mostly. All in all, I'm very pleased.
I am not really sure why these Zeiss lenses aren't more popular. In my experience, both this lens and the 32mm one give me the most beautiful images both in terms of sharpness as well as color, I guess it's what is referred to as the Zeiss look. The other Fuji lenses I have, including the 90mm f2, just simply don't match the image quality I get with these. They are bit slower to focus sometimes, but otherwise I absolutely love them and they have become my go to lenses for almost everything I do.
What's Not to Like?
Light weight, quiet fast focusing, terrific color rendering and sharpness. Does justice to Fuji Film simulations. If you want more than that in this focal length range, you will be hard pressed to find it
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