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The ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M is the newest member of the Touit family of lenses. It is a powerful autofocus macro lens for compact system cameras (CSC) that also shows its strengths in portraiture.

Touit 2.8/50M (E-mount), side view, without and with lens shade

Touit 2.8/50M (E-mount), side view, without and with lens shade

Compact system cameras with APS-C sensors are one of the most interesting trends in today’s photography market. More and more photographers are discovering the possibilities compact equipment gives them, also making it a serious alternative to single-lens reflex photography, especially when it is important to keep your equipment light while still fulfilling high demands in imaging performance.

Sensors are becoming increasingly powerful, yet the performance of a sensor always depends on the lens used. So it came as no surprise when ZEISS, as a manufacturer of high-quality optics, in June 2013 came out with the Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32, both autofocus lenses with E- and X-mount and both satisfying the optical demands of professionals.

The Touit family, E-mount

The Touit family, E-mount

Now, the Touit family is once again being extended, this time with the ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M, filling a gap in the close-up and macro range for APS-C systems. This new ZEISS macro lens offers a magnification power of 1:1, with which the photographed motif appears in its original size on the camera sensor. As a result, the lens makes it possible to visualize details which would otherwise not be seen with the naked eye. The new Touit 2.8/50M follows in very imposing footsteps: ZEISS macro lenses with a magnification power of 1:2 – such as the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 and the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 – have already garnered an excellent reputation in the market for SLR lenses.

NEX-7, Touit 2.8/50M, f/8, 1/400, ISO 400

Drops of water on the stem of a plant, detailed view
Full resolution on Flickr

NEX-7, Touit 2.8/50M, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO 200

The dial of a watch, detailed view
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In addition to macro photography, which is already found in the name of the Touit 2.8/50M in the letter „M“, the lens also shows its strengths in portraiture and other applications. In landscape photography, for example, the lens enables the photographer to concentrate on certain details of a landscape. With a full-frame-equivalent focal length of 75 mm (crop factor 1.5), you have a moderate telephoto focal length. Here, too, the lens’s enormous versatility pays off. The Touit 2.8/50M is an all-around lens that can cover distances from infinity to a magnification power of 1:1. Thanks to this versatility, the lens harmonizes very well with the flexible applications of compact APS-C system cameras.

X-Pro 1, Touit 2.8/50M, f/2.8, 1/180, ISO 200

The Alps near Kitzbühl, Austria Photo: Bernd Ritschel
Full resolution on Flickr

X-M1, Touit 2.8/50M, f/20, 1/15, ISO 1000

Beauty portrait with “Asian blossoms”, © MIA ROYAL / Pro Academy Köln
Full resolution on Flickr

You’ll find more pictures in our Flickr gallery:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/sets/72157639791301224/

Touit 2.8/50M, technical construction, schematic

Touit 2.8/50M, technical construction, schematic

The Touit 2.8/50M has the complex floating elements design from ZEISS. As a result, the lens achieves a consistently high performance right down to the minimum object distance (MOD). The outstanding image quality remains consistent, independent of the focus setting. Two aspheres – lens elements number three and four – make an important contribution to the high image quality. Two other lens elements with low dispersion – lenses number two and nine – ensure the lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberrations are minimized.

Touit 2.8/50M, view without lens shade

Touit 2.8/50M, view without lens shade

An almost-round iris with a total of nine blades creates highlights and a soft, very natural-looking character in the areas outside the focus. Focused objects before a blurry background are clearly accentuated, creating a harmonious bokeh. Excellent sharpness of the image quality across all f-stops rounds off the performance spectrum of the Touit 2.8/50M.

NEX-7, Touit 2.8/50M, f/11, 1/200, ISO 100

An ear of grain, detailed view
Full resolution on Flickr

Touit 2.8/50M, side view, with lens shade

Touit 2.8/50M, side view, with lens shade

“The new Touit 2.8/50M is an ideal enhancement to the portfolio of photographers who are already using our two other Touit lenses. Owners of APS-C system cameras – with Sony E or Fujifilm X mount – who are looking for a new high-end macro lens will find the perfect answer in the Touit 2.8/50M. Its combination of versatility and high imaging performance make it the ideal choice for close-ups and portraiture alike,” argues Dr. Michael Pollmann, Program and Product Manager from ZEISS Camera Lenses.

The Touit family, E-mount

The Touit family, E-mount

The Touit family, X-mount

The Touit family, X-mount

The Touit 2.8/50M will be available worldwide with E and X mount from the end of March 2014. The recommended sales price is EUR 755 or US$ 999  (excl. VAT)*.

Here you can find more details and the data sheet of the Touit 2.8/50M:
http://lenses.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/en_de/camera_lenses/touit/touit2850m.html

Here you can find your nearest ZEISS dealer:
www.zeiss.com/photo/dealer

* Status: 30.1.2014

 

You can get further impressions of Touit 2.8/50M in our product video with Dr. Michael Pollmann:

17 Comments

  1. Hannes

    I’m lovin it! It’s exactly what I was waiting for, I’ll order it as soon as possible.

    Just two questions: This blog post states the iris has nine blades, however, the german product description on Zeiss.de states it got 10. What’s the correct number?

    And: Are the samples posted here uncorrected RAWs or out of camera JPEGs?

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    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Hannes!
      We share your excitement and here are the answers you asked for:
      The Touit 2.8/50M has 9 nine iris blades. Thank you for the hint, we corrected the number in the German product description.
      The shown application images partly are straight out of the camera and partly are slightly edited. The first two samples (water drop and clock-face) are JPEGS straight out of the camera. The landscape by Bernd Ritschel was developdes from RAW and the JPEG portrait by Mia Royal was slightly edited. You can have a look at the EXIF data on Flickr for more detailed information:
      JPEG: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/12117423794/meta/in/set-72157639791301224
      RAW: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/11961044586/meta/in/set-72157639791301224
      Best regards
      ZEISS Lenses Team

      Reply
  2. Jerry Silverman

    Specifications? Weight? Filter size? Minimum focusing distance? C’mon, Zeiss, this lens was introduced in September, 2012. Let’s have some details, fercryinoutloud! -silvrmn-

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    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Mr. Silverman,
      Thank you for your interest.

      The weight of the Touit 2.8/50M is 290g, the filter thread is M52 and the minimum focusing range is 0.15m.

      Please visit our product site on:
      http://lenses.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/en_de/camera_lenses/touit/touit2850m.html

      There you will find all the technical details of the Touit 2.8/50M.

      You can also view the data sheet here:
      http://lenses.zeiss.com/content/dam/Photography/new/pdf/en/downloadcenter/datasheets_touit/touit_2850m.pdf

      Hoping to be of service to you we kindly ask you to contact us again should you need further assistance.

      With best regards,
      ZEISS Camera Lens Team

      Reply
  3. Tom Mosch

    This seems like a spectacular lens! Would you be able to comment on how the rendering and performance would compare to the Sony/Zeiss SEL55F18Z for use on APS-C (aside for the macro capability)? Or if you can’t answer that question, would you describe the rendering as comparable to the Touit 32 (aside for the focal length difference) which is also a Planar design? Finally it would be great if you could put up a portrait shot with bokeh. Thank you!

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    1. Hannes

      @Zeiss Team: Thank you for the fast response. It’s always great to being able to get in touch with you directly, which isn’t an option with many companies nowadays.

      @Tom Mosch: Describing rendering is kinda hard and partly subjective. Your best bet might be to just compare the samples of this lens with shots from the other two lenses you’re interested in.

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    2. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your question. However, we don’t want to got into direct comparison here. And as Hannes already said, it is hard to describe. But please feel free to compare sample shots of the Touit 2.8/50M with sample shots of the Touit 1.8/32. You can find the photos in our Flickr sets: Touit 2.8/50M –> http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/sets/72157639791301224/ Touit 1.8/32 –> http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/sets/72157633447243377/ And of course we’ll see what we can do concerning the portrait shot with bokeh :)

      Best regards,
      Your ZEISS Lenses Team

      Reply
  4. Don

    I purchased 2 ziess lenses and they produce great images. However my 32mm touit hunts a little while focusing using my sony nex 6. Are you aware of the issue and does the new 50mm have the same issue?

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    1. Patrick

      I have the Touit 32/1.8 also. I think the problem is with the NEX. How I wish Sony will update the firmware to add a feature which is also available on the A7/A7r to disable Pre-Focus. Lucky for NEX-7 there’s a bit of a workaround — Back Button Focus. But still, I love the lens. :-)

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    2. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Don,

      Out of factory, the Sony NEX cameras come with its AF enabled all the time, as long as the camera is switched on and before it switches down to power save mode. So the AF of NEX cameras is always active, independent of the lens that is mounted (AF E-mount lenses only). Because the AF motors in some other E-mount lenses (e.g. Sonnar T* E 1,8/24 ZA) are more quiet, this is a little bit less noticeable, whereas the more robust and therefore louder AF motor of Touit lenses underlines this standard behaviour of NEX cameras.
      Touit lenses exactly behave identically with all other typical AF lenses with E-mount in this point.
      In practical use and to save battery power, we recommend to disable the AF in the menu of the NEX-7 and to press the separate AF/MF button on the camera’s rear side to focus directly before shooting.
      Unfortunately, other Sony NEX models are not equipped with a separate AF/MF button to active AF while the camera is set to MF. With those cameras, we recommend to set the “power saving start time” to a small value.
      Further Details about AF and all other camera features of NEX camera models can be answered best by the Sony support.

      Best regards,
      Your ZEISS Lenses Team

      Reply
  5. y.v.

    What is minimum focusing distance from the front lens? Taking into account a lenght of lens, it seems that minimum focusing distance from front lens to object should not be much longer than 30 mm Sony already has…?
    Does it have focus limiter? Any news about special firmware update for Sony NEX to improve autofocus with Touit lenses?

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    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear y.v.,

      Thanks for your questions. The minimum focusing distance is 0,15 m (6.02 ″). The Touit 2.8/50M does not have a focus limiter. And right now we have no news about a firmware update. But we’ll keep you posted about that.

      Best regards,
      Your ZEISS Lenses Team

      Reply
  6. feijou

    Hi Zeiss…

    The Fuji 60mm macro was so slow focusing that’s why I returned it. On the X-E2, how quickly does your macro respond?

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  7. LARRY JOHNSON

    I’m considering a couple APS-C systems as a complement to my 67 medium format film kit. One is the Pentax K-3. Simply asked, can the Touit lenses be used effectively with the K mount?

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  8. Hannes

    @Larry Johnson: No, the Zeiss Touit lenses can only be used on Sony E- and Fuji X-Mount. As the flange focal distance is already extremely short with these mounts, it’s also not possible to adapt them to any other mount.

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