The Zeiss Touit line for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-cameras, with KamerasDie, was first shown at Photokina 2012. They were presented as a series of current production products in Munich on May 7th 2013. As expected, it was the Distagon 2,8 / 12mm and the Planar 1,8 / 32 mm. Christoph Jehle from was at the first presentation of this …

The two featured lenses, Planar 1,8 / 32 mm and Distagon 2,8 / 12 mm, are surprisingly easy compared to other known Zeiss lenses, but without looking cheap. On the contrary, the Anfass quality of smooth surfaces is pleasing. Low weight was achieved by a mix of metal, which characterizes the outer casing and high quality plastics, through which could be reduced the moving masses of the autofocus, without compromising the optical glass.

The Zeiss Touit 08/02/12 mm for Sony E-Mount (left) and Fujifilm X-mount (right)

Why are the lenses named “Touit”? Well, Oberkochen is on the edge of the core area of ​​the German automotive industry. There, it is usual to provide product groups with family names inspired by winds or currents. To keep up with the increasing number of product lines from the ZF.2/ZE on the ZM series, the group summary, Zeiss has determined to introduce Latin bird names as their family names and to adapt the names for their range of cine lenses, for example the APS-C objective photographic lenses. The “Touit” is a colorful tailed parrot. He is very small and agile, with plumage lit in deep green. The Touit parrots live in Latin America and the Caribbean in varying habitats, from humid tropical island regions, lowland rain forests, and savannas, to the high altitudes of the Andes up to 6000 meters.

The Zeiss Touit 2/ 8 / 32mm for Sony E-Mount (left) and Fujifilm X-mount (right)

The first two focal lengths of the Touit family are 02/08/12 and 01/08/32t. The names have been used in the product name of the optical concept (eg Distagon or Planar), and the identification of T * anti-reflective coating should continue to be found on the front ring of the lens. “With the Touit series we are launching a completely new name,” said Martin Dominicus, Head of Marketing for the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. “Our objectives are to be unique not only because of its imaging performance, manageability, and their product designs. Even the name of the family is a very own identity. ”

The two Touit Zeiss lenses for mirrorless system cameras are one of the first product families that do not just get a family name, but in which the basic idea has been implemented in the design relaunch at Zeiss. The autofocus lens Touit 1.8.32 was recently awarded the prestigious ” iF gold award” and the “red dot product design award”. The jury of the iF awards based its decision on the “impressive precision work,” The designer: “The production quality exceeds that of most other products significantly.”

Touit lenses will be produced according to specifications from Carl Zeiss optics with a contract manufacturer in Japan, a practice that has been common for many years at Zeiss. Japan has the advantage here with an extensive infrastructure of optical specialists, on which you can rely.

Zeiss lenses are sold in Switzerland Light + Byte and will be available in the first week of June.


  Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12 Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 1.8/32
Focal length 12 mm 32 mm
Aperture Range 2.8 to 22 1.8 to 22
Construction 11 Elemente in Group 8 8 Elemente in Group 5
Focusing 0.18 m to ∞ 0.3 m to ∞
Angle (diag. / horiz. / Vert) 99° / 89° / 66° 48° / 40° / 29°
Image circle diameter 28,2 mm 28,2 mm
Installation height E-mount: 18,0 mm
X-mount: 17,7 mm
E-mount: 18,0 mm
X-mount: 17,7 mm (0.70″)
Coverage at close range 220 x 144 mm 214 x 142 mm
Max Magnification 1:9 1:9
Filter Thread M67 x 0,75 M52 x 0,75
Position of the entrance pupil (on the image plane) 61,6mm 46,7mm
Angle of rotation of the focus ring (inf – MOD) 270° 270°
Diameter max. (with Lens Shade) E, X: 88 mm E, X: 75 mm
Diameter max. of the focus ring E, X: 65 mm E, X: 65 mm
Length (without lens cover) E, X: 68 mm E: 60 mm
X: 58 mm
Length (with lens caps) E: 81 mm
X: 86 mm
E: 72 mm
X: 76 mm
Weight (without lens cover) E: 260 g
X: 270 g
E: 200 g
X: 210 g

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