The mirrorless camera world will soon see the arrival of four new lenses, 2 from Carl Zeiss under the Touit Brand, and 1 each from Sigma and SLRMagic.
Zeiss unveiled their “Touit” lenses back at Photokina in the fall of 2012, and the 12mm 2.8 and 32mm 1.8 lenses are expected to hit the market soon. There are versions of each being made that will be compatible with Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series Cameras. Zeiss explained the reasoning behind the Touit name on the Zeiss Lens blog, where the company explained that “Touit stands for good visibility, agility, mobility and diversity, qualities which also aptly describe the new ZEISS lenses for mirrorless camera systems.” No matter what the name, having Zeiss lenses in the arsenal is good news for Sony and Fuji users.
Sigma have been making a pair of great quality, yet affordable lenses for Sony NEX and Micro 4/3 cameras in their 19mm 2.8 and 30mm 2.8 lenses, which have recently received a makeover as part of Sigma’s new “Art” lens lineup. Now the company is expanding the Art roster with a new 60mm 2.8 lens that will be available for Sony NEX E mount and Micro Four Thirds mounts. It will focus as closely at 19.7 inches, has 8 elements in 6 groups, 7 aperture blades, and you’ll be able to get one in black or silver. The lens will reportedly sell for $239 USD, and if it meets the standards of the other lenses in Sigma’s lineup, then it will be yet another high quality bargain for mirrorless camera users.
Lastly, thePhoblographer has written up a review on the SLRMagic 23mm 1.7 manual focus lens for Fujifilm X-Series Cameras, which essentially provides the X-Pro1 and X-E1 with a 35mm equivalent lens.
Here’s the Phoblographer’s take on the SLRMagic 23mm 1.7 lens
Compatibility Fuji X-Mount: X-Pro-1, X-E1 camera Focus type Manual Focal length 23mm (34.5mm Fuji X-Mount) Maximum aperture f/1.7 Minimum aperture f/22 Lens Hood Optional Filter Size 49mm / 1.92″ Dimensions Length: 61.3mm / 2.41″ Weight 265g / 9.34oz
Pros and Cons
– Beautiful bokeh
– Fairly sharp wide open in the center and even sharper when stopped down
– Excellent ergonomics
– Solid build quality
– Corner sharpness isn’t the greatest
While the SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 is an extremely fun lens to use, it will also require you to slow down your working process a whole lot. For portraits or street photography, you’ll really need to sit in one place and think due to the fact that it focuses manually and you’ll also need to zoom in/magnify areas to ensure that you’ve got a sharp photo. And this is where we really wish that Fujifilm has a focus peaking feature in the X Pro 1 as of the publishing of this story.
Either way, for the price one really cannot go wrong. And though we’re not overly enthusiastic about this lens, it still really is a very good purchase for the money. (Read full review and see sample images on thePhoblographer)
My 2 Cents
Just further validation of the mirrorless movement – Big Names like Zeiss jumping in and more 3rd party lens makers joining the party as well. This is especially good news for NEX users, who at this point don’t have many high quality native lenses from which to choose. Could Sony be making a push here? Stay tuned…