Zeiss 12mm 2.8 Touit Lens for Fuji X-Mount – First Impressions

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Legendary lens maker Carl Zeiss are jumping into the mirrorless market with their new line of Touit Lenses for Fuji X-Mount and Sony NEX camera systems.  The Touit lens lineup is aimed at the high end user, and at a price of about $1,250 USD (for the 12mm 2.8 X-Mount lens), that’s the target market that they’ll be hitting.  But will the new Touit lenses be worth the price?

The Phoblographer got their hands on the new 12mm 2.8 Touit lens for fuji X-Mount cameras and put it through it’s paces.  The following are excerpts from their first impressions…

Tech Specs

Performance
Focal Length 12 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 18 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Fujifilm X mount
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 99°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.09″ (18 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9
Groups/Elements 8/11
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.56 x 3.39″ (65 x 86 mm)
Weight 9.52 oz (270 g)

Build Quality

This lens is made from metal and glass. However, this doesn’t feel like any metal that we’ve felt before.

Ease of Use

This lens is much easier to use in autofocus mode than in manual mode.

Autofocusing

Autofocusing with the 12mm f2.8 is snappy and perhaps even faster than with Fujifilm’s 14mm f2.8. However, it is faster on Sony’s camera”s than Fujifilm’s–but this has to do with the focusing algorithms instead.

First Impressions

So far, we really can’t say much terrible about the Zeiss 12mm f2.8. It has excellent color rendition on the X Pro 1, is sharp, focuses silently and snappily, and is really small for what it is.  (Read full article on thePhoblographer)

My 2 Cents

The image quality of thePhoblographer’s test shots looks great, but what else would you expect from Zeiss?  The addition of these lenses is good news for Fuhi X-Mount users and great news for Sony NEX users.  I’m looking forward to seeing more on these lenses in the near future.  Stay Tuned…

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