Review

In this Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens review I will go over everything you need to know using real world photography, lab testing, and experience. I used my Sony Nex-6 for the camera body and shot using raw quality. I have a ton of high res sample photos and 100% crops, so you can really see what the lens can do in a variety of situations.

The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens goes for $900 US @ BHPhoto (Click Here). On the higher end for Native E-Mount lenses, but you get what you pay for in my opinion, and you will see for yourself below.

 

A Closer Look at the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens

The build quality of the Zeiss Touit lens line is best in class by a fair margin. The lenses are much heavier, but not overly burdensome in any way. The rubber grip focus at first I did not care for, but it did grow on me. The included lens hood is excellent and also provides a very sleek look to the lens when mounted.

High quality lenses like the Zeiss Touit series are made with heavy-duty metal and plastic parts. This makes the lens much more rigid and a noticeable heavier than the standard Sony 18-55mm kit lens.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

The focus ring is a rubber material that is easy to grip, and extremely smooth. It does like to collect dust though, because it’s really soft rubber. The lens cap is the standard Zeiss pinch style and it works pretty good, although not near as nice as the metal RX1 lens cap.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens filter thread is 52mm.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Here she is mounted to my Nex-6. Note the smooth lens body design and lens hood mount area. The lens is the perfect size for the Nex style camera in my opinion and the effective 48mm focal length is great for a lot photography, such as close-up portraits, landscapes, architecture, street photography, and more… See my sample photos below 😉

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens on my Nex-6

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens on my Nex-6

 

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens Key Features:
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Designed for APS-C-Sized Sensors
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length = 48mm
  • Planar Optical Design
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Smooth and Accurate Autofocus System
  • Rigid Metal Construction
  • Rubberized Control Rings
  • Nine-Blade Near-Circular Aperture
 

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens Features and Overview

The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount) is a normal length prime lens designed specifically for use on APS-C-sized image sensors, and as such provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 48mm. This lens is compatible with Sony E mirrorless cameras and supports all camera functions, including autofocus and exposure control.

The Planar design of this lens is a highly successful optical construction that inherently corrects for most aberrations and distortion while offering high overall sharpness and image clarity. Additionally, Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to all lens surfaces to reduce reflections, lens flare, and ghosting to produce imagery with high contrast and color fidelity.

The physical construction of the lens features a metal lens barrel with rubberized control rings for high precision when working with manual focus. When working in autofocus modes, the focusing system of the lens offers smooth and reliable performance with high precision and control. A rigid metal bayonet mount ensures accurate alignment and a nearly circular nine-blade aperture works to produce an aesthetic out-of-focus highlight quality.

Sony E Compatibility

Designed for use on Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras and provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 48mm. The lens offers complete compatibility with all camera functions, including accurate autofocus and exposure control. It features a wide f/1.8 maximum aperture that aids in low-light shooting as well as greater control over the focus plane for shallow depth of field and selective focus applications.

Optical Design

This lens features a Planar optical design that works to eliminate a variety of aberrations and distortions in order to produce an image with high clarity and sharpness. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize surface reflections in order to improve light transmission and provide greater image contrast and color fidelity.

Physical Design

The lens features a rigid, durable, yet lightweight, metal barrel with rubberized control rings to offer improved handling abilities. A metal bayonet mount aids in consistency and an ensured connection between the camera and lens. Additionally, a nine-blade, nearly circular aperture is used to smoothly render out-of-focus highlights.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens Specifications

Focal length 32mm = 48mm effective focal length
Aperture range f/1.8 – f/22
Focusing range 1.21 ft / 0.37m to infinity
Elements/Groups 8/5
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 48° / 40° / 29°
Coverage at close range 214 x 142 mm (8.43 x 5.59″)
Filter Size 52mm
Dimensions (with Caps) 2.83 x 2.99″ / 72mm x 76mm
Diameter of Focusing ring 2.56″ / 65mm
Weight 0.44 lb / 200g
 

Carl Zeiss Lenses – Manufacturing the new Touit lenses

This video is very impressive and shows the behind the scenes footage of the Zeiss Touit lens being assembled and tested! A must watch in my opinion.



 

Real World AF Performance

The Auto focus performance on the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens is pretty good overall, but only contrast AF is supported. So, the much faster hybrid af sensor on my Nex-6 was not used, and the focus was a bit sluggish. Contrast AF needs to hunt back and forth to find the “contrast”, or sharp area. This method is very accurate, but not as fast as the hybrid AF supported by most of the other e-mount lenses.

The focus motor itself is fast and quiet, but not silent. You will hear it in videos if you’re using AF. This lens has a heavier lens focus group than the standard Sony E-Mount lenses and perhaps that is why the hybrid af is not available. I honest;ly don’t know. This lens is not the best choice for video if you want to use auto focus and track people, but for photography it’s one of the best options available in my opinion.

The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens and Nex-6 did occasionally focus on the out of focus bokeh when high contrast balls were rendered. This is pretty normal from my experience with the Sony Nex E-Mount lenses when the bokeh is really dramatic.

 

Real World Sample Photos

I used Raw quality for all these sample photos and Adobe Lightroom 5 to handle the raw file processing. No lens correction was applied to any these sample photos. Some white balance adjustments were made, contrast, and slight crops, but other than that these are straight off the camera. If I do addition processing on any sample photos I will let you know! I then saved the photos out at 70% Jpeg quality at ~1000px width. Be sure to click the photos for the full resolution images for maximum sharpness.

The familiar Z-Scene on my deck at f/1.8. The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens has a very nice bokeh in my opinion, and clearly sets it apart from the other ~30mm e-mount lenses currently available. See what I mean below.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Handheld

100% Crops – Click Photos!
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Top Left – 100% Crop

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Focus Point – 100% Crop

 

Another snapshot on the deck, but this time of a flower in the shadows and a really bright morning light in the background. Note the excellent contrast control and buttery bokeh.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/640sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/640sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/640sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/640sec, ISO 100, Handheld – 100% Crop

 

Some buildings from the back side point of view @ f/5.6.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, tri-pod

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, tri-pod

100% Crops – Click Photos!

Top Left Center Area Top Left
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, tri-pod Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, tri-pod Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, tri-pod
 

Another street scene with some warm morning light. The Zeiss Touit f/1.8 lens is consistently sharp with great color and contrast. I’m really enjoying this lens and would not mind owning it at all!

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, tri-pod

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, tri-pod

100% Crops – Click Photos!

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, tri-pod Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, tri-pod Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, tri-pod
 
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, on railing

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, on railing

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, on railing

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, on railing – 100% Crop

 

Here is a familiar scene I use in a lot of my reviews so you can compare how the different lenses perform from the same location. I took this same frame with the Zeiss Touit 12mm lens if you want to see (Click Here)

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

100% Crops – Click Photos!

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held
 

A few more from the streets of Goshen, NY.

When close to your subject, the mild lens distortion becomes much more noticeable. The bokeh is also killer!

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/3200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/3200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/3200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/3200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held – 100% Crop

 
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held – 100% Crop

 

Some symmetry and architecture.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held – 100% Crop

 

For this frame I walked much closer to show you how the structure renders when out of focus @ f/1.8.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1250sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1250sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

And this frame is at the minimum focus distance revealing what I would call a creamy or buttery render 😉

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1250sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1250sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

 

Here is the 3/4 view with a 100% center crop.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

 

Lab Test Photos – Raw Quality

Here is the current lab scene with 100% crops of the images at all standard apertures. I shot these using raw quality and only fixed the white balance plus added a little contrast. Raw files are a little flat straight off the camera often. Be sure to click on the 100% Crops!

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 - lab Test Photos

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 – Lab Test Photo Full Scene

100% Crops – Click Photos!

Lower Left Center left Lower Right
f/1.8 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 - lab Test Photos
f/2.8 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.8 - lab Test Photos
f/4 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4 - lab Test Photos
f/5.6 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6 - lab Test Photos
f/8 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/8 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/8 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/8 - lab Test Photos
f/11 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/11 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/11 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/11 - lab Test Photos
f/16 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/16 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/16 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/16 - lab Test Photos
f/22 Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/22 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/22 - lab Test Photos Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/22 - lab Test Photos
 

Lights Bokeh Test @ F/1.8

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 - Specular Highlight Test

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 – Specular Highlight Test

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 - Specular Highlight Test

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8 – Specular Highlight Test – 100% CROP

 

More Sample Photos

My buddies Chopper and Sadie. Slightly edited and converted to BW with Lightroom 5.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/800sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/800sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

 

My girl Sadie who now lives with her brother Chopper. Lots more photos of these guys from over the years and more in the SonyAlphaLab – Pets Forum (Click Here)

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Talk about tack sharp! Pro quality optical performance is what you’re seeing here in my opinion. Also note the highlight detail retention captured by the Nex-6 sensor and Zeiss optics.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held – 100% Crop

 

I asked Layla to pose quick when I picked her up from school the other day 🙂 I used Lightroom 5 to convert this image to BW and add the vignette.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/640sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/640sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

 

This next photo is a standard raw file @ f/4. The sun was behind the leaf and trees.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 100, Hand-Held

Two more leaf image, but this time I balanced the leaf on a pole to give it the illusion of floating and was shooting in Jpeg quality. I added clarity, vibrancy, and vignette for enhancements in Lightroom 5.

F/1.8 Vs F/4

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/250sec, ISO 100, Jpeg

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/250sec, ISO 100, Jpeg

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 125, Jpeg

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 125, Jpeg

 

My buddies Corvette in the parking lot at work. It looks even better through the Zeiss lens glass I must say 😉 I really want to drive this car!

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/250sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/250sec, ISO 100, Raw

 

A bee on a flower at the max 1/4000sec shutter speed and wide open @ f/1.8. This is a situation where my Sony Nex-6 could have used a faster shutter speed, but it only goes to 1/4000sec, so the image is slightly over exposed. The bee would not normally be as bright as it is strait off the camera with a standard exposure. Regardless, the Zeiss bokeh and AF accuracy is excellent in my opinion.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Raw – 100% Crop

 

The old Apollo theater in Monticello, NY.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 100, Raw

This next image was taken in Jpeg quality.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/3200sec, ISO 100, Jpg

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/3200sec, ISO 100, Jpg

This is an Auto HDR image.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, Auto HDR, Jpeg

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/4, Auto HDR, Jpeg

 

I had to get the oil changed in my car for the first time and a free car wash was included, so I took a snapshot.

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_Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Raw

_Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 100, Raw

 

Layla at the playground a few weeks ago with some minor contrast, color, and vignette enhancements using Lightroom 5.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Raw - 100% Crop

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, Raw – 100% Crop

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, Raw - 100% Crop

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, Raw – 100% Crop

Same shot as above, but focused on my handle to show you what the bokeh renders like.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/400sec, ISO 100, raw

This stream was on the back end of the park we were at in the above images.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 100, raw

 

Check out this basic snapshot of a window candle. Even the most basic images look almost magical with the Zeiss Tout 32mm f/1.8 Lens bokeh renderings. This is again what you get with a really high quality optics in my opinion.

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, Raw - 100% Crop

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, Raw – 100% Crop

 

Another flower and 100% crop.

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Raw – 100% Crop

 

We went to the super market the other day and it really makes the “shopping” experience more fun taking photos and trying to hide the camera the whole time!

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/60sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/2.2, 1/60sec, ISO 100, Raw

 

Layla in the shopping cart with a little Photoshop magic to create a motion blur effect.  She was just about to blink I think, so her eyes are not 100% open. Otherwise I think the photo came out pretty good, and in the 100% crop you can see just how sharp the capture is. A real motion blur effect photo like this, when Layla was just a baby,  can be seen on the SonyAlphaLab – Forum (Click Here and scroll down a bit)

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 100, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 100, Raw – 100% Crop

 

Sony 35mm VS Zeiss 32mm

I just took these photos with my Nex-6 and the Zeiss Touit lens to help compare it to the Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS lens I reviewed I while back.  I don’t have the SEL35F18 lens anymore so I took some similar frames.

This first scene has changed slightly, because they are painting it. The background of the Zeiss image has a scaffolding cart in it on the left.

Sony SEL35F18 Lens @ f/1.8 first

Sony e-mount 35mm f/1.8 oss lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 200 - Raw

Sony e-mount 35mm f/1.8 oss lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 200 – Raw

Sony e-mount 35mm f/1.8 oss lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 200 - Raw

Sony e-mount 35mm f/1.8 oss lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 200 – Raw – 100% Crop

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1000sec, ISO 100, raw

 

Another very similar angle comparison. The Sony 35mm lens first and Medium contrast applied to both raw files exactly the same in lightoom 5 via the tone curve.  Worth noting, the Zeiss and Nex-6 combination has noticeable more contrast than the Nex-5r and Sony 35mm lens combo strait off the camera. Even with the same contrast applied, the Sony images still need more contrast it looks like. Not really a big deal, but the difference when shooting raw is noticeable.

Sony Nex-5r w/ sel35f18 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/100sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Sony Nex-5r w/ sel35f18 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/100sec, ISO 100, Raw

Sony Nex-5r w/ sel35f18 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/100sec, ISO 100, Handheld

Sony Nex-5r w/ sel35f18 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/100sec, ISO 100, Raw – 100% Crop

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1600sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1600sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1600sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/1600sec, ISO 100, raw

 

Next scene is very similar, Sony lens first then the Zeiss. The bokeh renderings on the Zeiss lens are less harsh and more buttery to my eye. I’ll try and get a few more comparison photos, but I don’t have the 35mm lens anymore, so I’m limited in what I can find and shoot today.

Sony Nex-5r w/ sel35f18 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 125, Handheld, Raw

Sony Nex-5r w/ sel35f18 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/60sec, ISO 125, Handheld, Raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/2500sec, ISO 100, raw

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/2500sec, ISO 100, raw

 

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens Review – Conclusions:

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

The bottom line for this Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens Review is I highly recommend it, and wish I had the money to buy one. 5 Star build quality and overall performance for the money. I would totally get one if I could justify the investment, but I can’t. I still have all my Pro grade gear and I would rather invest in the faster old school lenses personally, and/or save for the full frame Nex-9 (if it’s called that) or Pro Sony A-Mount gear. I enjoyed using this lens on my Nex-6 so much I have tons and tons of sample photos. It was hard to decide what to use I had so many in fact. I don’t want to send this lens back! I’ll be posting more edited sample photos on the forum if you want to check them out or join and share some of your own photos 😉

Seriously, this lens is amazing and the best native E-Mount lens I have used to date. Second best being the 12mm Zeiss Touit lens I reviewed (Click Here)

Distortion control is excellent, with only a little noticeable and easily correctable, chromatic aberrations are very well controlled and hardly noticeable most of the time. The corner sharpness is overall excellent, although a little soft wide open at f/1.8 which is normal and easily seen in the lab test photos. By f/2.8 it sharpens up nice.

Lightroom 5 has lens profile support for the Zeiss Touit lenses and the mild desertion, vignette, and chromatic aberrations are a check box away from being totally gone. This is great if you shoot in raw quality like I do. I did not use the lens correction feature on any of these photos, just to let you know, but it does work.

If an effective 48mm is for you, and auto focus is a feature you must have, the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens is the best option available. If you’re looking to do pro work with you Nex camera, this Zeiss Touit lens series is proving to be an excellent investment choice in my opinion.

Please feel free to ask questions and/or comment below, and thanks for your support,

Jay

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens ~$900 US @ BHPHoto (Click Here)


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