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ZeissTouit 12mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)
 
4.5

(based on 56 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (31)
  • Strong construction (28)
  • Easily interchangeable (27)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)

Cons

  • Slow focus (10)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (39)
  • Low light (21)
  • Night photography (15)
  • Weddings (11)
  • Video (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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4.0

Very pleased with this lens.

By Jim

from Oakland, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I am about to leave for Italy on a 16 day vacation and picture taking trip for photos that will be in a book my wife has been working on for years. I have been looking at lots of photographs, primarily of Italy and noticed that the great majority of the one that really show off the country and were the ones I liked most were done with wide or very wide lenses. The widest lens I had for my Sony a6000 went down to only 16mm and had proven not to be wide enough on several occasions. The Zesss Touit 12mm f/2.8 covers 25% wider field of view and has proven to be just about perfect for my needs. I have only had it for a week and only blown up to 8" X 10" so far but images are crisp and with no noticeable vignetting. I love that it is a relatively fast lens. Of course faster lenses stop action better and can be used in lower lighting situations but I find that the screen being brighter is a plus as well. The only downside of this lens for me is that the lens shade is very wide and so takes up more room that any of my other lenses. I don't want to carry a bigger, bulkier bag around all day so I will have to decide whether to leave the flash or another lens behind.

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5.0

Excellent extremely wide lens

By Alex

from Nashville

Verified Reviewer

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

Restaurant photography comprises a good portion of my work and this lens has proved invaluable capturing interior/exterior architectural shots. It makes rooms look huge and puts a lot of space into any shot.

The build quality is wonderful, images are extremely sharp and the colors pop big time.

My only reservation with this lens would be that I really only use it for the above purpose. I'm mainly a portrait photographer so for the price, I question whether I shouldn't have gone with a cheaper lens for the amount of time I use it. Having said that, I've done one landscape shoot with it and it was amazing so I will keep it in my collection for now - until I upgrade to a full frame camera (currently shooting on an a6000). At that point, I might go for the 25mm Batis or 24mm Zeiss. However, first I'll get the 35mm 1.4 Distagon as that may actually prove wide enough as it won't be affected by the crop factor of the a6000's aps-c sensor and is obviously a much more versatile lens.

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5.0

Excellent Wide Angle Lens

By Alex

from Nashville, TN

Verified Reviewer

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

I shoot regularly for a few restaurants and this lens is perfect for interior/exteriors. Extremely sharp and lens correction is just a click away in Lightroom. Great build quality, too. Feels substantial and solid.

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4.0

Beautiful lens

By Tony

from Detroit, MI

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing Lens. Only problem, you can hear the lens auto focusing while shooting video.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the price!!!

By HolyMoLee

from New York

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

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.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Choice@@

By mtphill

from Savannah Ga

About Me Semi-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

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

    Well made, incredible sharpness!

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    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great optics but 2 anoyances

    By Mark

    from Central PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Focus Ring Material
    • Lens Hood Design

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    1. The lens hood will not store in reverse on the lens, gets stuck. Keep the hood off and around the lens when storing or keep the hood on the lens in the normal position if you have the room in your bag.
    2. Focus ring feels flimsy. It holds up OK, but I don't understand why Zeiss chose the material and design.

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    (3 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    okay... not worth the price

    By EL

    from Davis, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This was my dream lens for my Sony A6000. I wanted to take landscape photos and to dabble in astrophotography, and I thought that this lens would be perfect for that. However, after I used this lens for about a week, I realized that the photos I took with it were not as sharp as I hoped it would be, especially in low light conditions. In particular, I took pictures of my friends playing basketball and ping pong indoors, and the image quality of these photos left me dissatisfied with the lens. I also tried taking pictures of the night sky and it was ok. Online reviewers are suggesting that the Samyang/Rokinon lens is better optically. I figured I don't need the autofocus feature of the Zeiss lens for astrophotography, so I might as well downgrade to the Samyang/Rokinon. I just returned the Zeiss lens earlier this week.

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    4.0

    Good, sharp lens for the price

    By DomC

    from AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This lens is used for landscape. It is very sharp except of a little softness in the corners even when stopped down to f11. Auto focus is not great. It hunts before settling down to a focus even when it is already in focus. In other words even if you shoot the same scene twice, it shifts out of focus and refocuses. The focusing mechanism is also a little loud. Other then that, a very good lens.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome for architecture and buildings

    By Trevor W

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I use this lens on my Sony a6000 for real estate photography and architectural photography. I used to shoot with the Tokina 11-16mm on my crop sensor Canon. When I switched to Sony I thought this would be my replacement. It's far better than the Tokina/Canon setup. Shooting at F13 and above the images are crystal clear and sharp. There is a slight vignetting and distortion on photos, but using Lightroom will clean that right up.

      I haven't used it for video, yet.

      The only thing that seems a bit strange is the focusing. I've tried different focus modes on the camera and I think that Single Shot AF is the best to use with this lens. With so much information in the frame, I think the camera has a hard time figuring out what is supposed to be in focus. In the other modes, you can hear the motor moving back and forth to try to find focus. I'm not sure it affects focus time or quality, but I'm pretty sure it will affect battery life.

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      3.0

      Some good, some bad

      By George

      from Ann Arbor, MI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

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

        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.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        musium quality

        By hike

        from Los Angeles CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Solid and fine construction

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          • No

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          (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great lens

          By Nature Guy

          from Newtown,Pa.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I photograph nature with the lens.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent landscape glass

            By Mario

            from North Providence, RI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              A great Extra wide angle Glass for Architecture and Landscape.
              Zeiss quality , extra smooth operation for APS-C sensor Cameras.

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              5.0

              Awesome wide angle

              By Mark

              from Augusta, GA

              Verified Buyer

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

              Great wide angle lens for the a6000

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A+

              By Louis

              from Boston

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                good for video very sharp images, we used it on steadicam

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                • No

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                4.0

                Wide lens, Questionable Reliability?

                By Slothead

                from Frederick, MD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Questionable Reliability

                Best Uses

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

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

                I love this lens, but I had trouble with my first copy. It is great for wide applications and the output is clear and clean (characteristic of Zeiss lenses). It is fast enough for a wide range of applications (f/2.8). Perfect for landscapes and walk-around where you are looking for wide scenes.

                My first copy failed after a little over a month, but was replaced by the seller without question.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fast-focusing and excellent with A6000

                By flowerse

                from Forest Hills, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Grab Shots
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Good for grab shots, interiors, architectural and landscapes--many uses. Very high-quality optics: sharp, good contrast, nice colors--everything--with little or no distortion. It was developed for the Sony A6000, and focuses almost instantaneously if used with this camera--an APS-C camera.

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                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A Very Good Wide Angle Lens

                  By The Caped Madman

                  from Saskatoon

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Good Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Real Estate photography

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

                    I've recently started doing some real estate photography and was finding that my Sony SEL 16F28 lens was not quite wide enough on the Sony A6000 for what I was trying to do. I watched and read a lot of reviews before making a choice and decided the Touit 12mm was probably the best of all the currently available wide angle lenses in my price range.

                    I am quite happy with the results of this lens and it does give me a wider field of view than the SEL 16F28 without fisheye distortion. It does have a few problems but I don't consider them to be deal breakers for the type of photography I'm doing.

                    As most others have said, the focusing is a bit noisey and slow.

                    There is a slight bit of moustache distortion towards the top and bottom of the frame but it's only noticable if you really look for it. In fact the lines look so straight from such a wide angle lens that it almost looks abnormal.

                    The focusing is a bit soft in the corners and it almost looks like motion blur but it's very very slight and you really have to zoom in to see it.

                    There is very little chromatic aberration and it can easily be corrected.

                    I have yet to find out the true capabilities of the lens because all of the images I produce are for viewing on the web... so not exactly "full resolution". :) I have taken several hundred pictures with it so far and I am quite pleased with the results.

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                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Pleasure to use, Quality results

                    By Dekel

                    from Ramat Gan, Israel

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      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.

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