Participation until June 8, 2014 on the ZEISS community on Flickr
Happy Birthday, Touit! We are celebrating the first birthday of our lens family for compact system cameras with APS-C sensor – a great reason to see what sort of great application images you have created so far. Until June 8, you have the possibility to submit the best image that you have taken with a Touit lens on our Flickr group. Afterwards, a prominent jury consisting of ZEISS experts as well as the four participants of last year’s "The ZEISS Challenge: Touit in Bangkok" will select the winning image.
Christian Dandyk likes to work with compact system cameras. And he appreciates the excellent imaging quality of ZEISS Touit lenses. He also feels the new Sony Alpha 7R with full-frame sensor can be easily combined with Touit lenses, which are optimized for APS-C sensors.
The new building in the Ecole Poly Federale de Lausanne is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. Berlin photographer and physicist Peter Fauland embarked on a photographic tour of discovery, accompanied by his Touit 2.8/12.
Like a UFO that has just landed" – this is the description that springs to mind the first time you set eyes on the Rolex Learning Center on the campus of the Ecole Poly Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The interconnected complex of buildings was opened in 2010 and extends over an area of 88,000 square meters (980,000 square feet). Despite its size, the structure radiates a sense of lightness and movement: the roof and floor run parallel to one another in the shape of a wave. The building is intended to serve as a laboratory for new forms of learning. For Berlin photographer Peter Fauland, it became a laboratory for photographic experimentation: "I've been fascinated by the Rolex Learning Center for some time now. A few weeks ago, I finally saw the building in its complete form and knew right away that it had to be the venue for my next workshop. At the same time, I thought that this masterpiece of modern architecture would be the perfect setting for a photo series with the Touit 2.8/12."
Touit wins EISA Award: first place for wide-angle lens 2.8/12
The Touit family has received a special honor: the Touit 2.8/12 is “European Compact System Lens of the Year 2013-2014”. An international panel of experts from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) concluded that this new camera lens from ZEISS was the best lens for compact system cameras (CSC) in 2013. The decisive criterion for the jury was the lens’s combination of innovative technologies and high-quality performance and design features.
It won't be long before the new ZEISS Touit lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X cameras hit the shelves. Find out how they are manufactured in this short video.
First Touit lenses at dealers starting June
In a few weeks, the first two members of the new ZEISS Touit family of lenses will be available at dealers. With the extreme wide angle Touit 2.8/12 lens and the standard Touit 1.8/32 lens, both for use on Fujifilm X and Sony NEX cameras, ZEISS is entering the market for compact system cameras (CSC) with autofocus interchangeable lenses. In addition to its innovative optical and mechanical design, this new lens series is characterized by its attractive product design, which has already received several design awards.
How was the new family of lenses for compact system cameras (CSC) created and which steps did the lenses have to go through until they were ripe for the market?
Four years ago, a new market segment emerged in photography: compact system cameras (CSC), which are equipped with interchangeable lenses. Ever since then, compact system cameras have been the camera segment with the highest growth rates. After initially observing how the market was developing, ZEISS determined that high-performance lenses would also be interesting for customers in this market. In order to stay true to the high quality standards of the ZEISS brand, it was decided to focus on cameras with an APS-C sensor, the largest sensor that has been available so far for this type of camera. The new lenses from ZEISS should be developed for cameras from Sony and Fujifilm. The autofocus was planned from the start. Everyday photography was the class of usage defined during the early design phase, and also driven by the market, so the autofocus function was almost a must — it is a step toward higher volume market, but at the usual high ZEISS quality.