Showing posts with label Touit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Touit. Show all posts

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sony A7r and NEX APS-C Lenses

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Carl Zeiss 32mm Touit Lens on Sony A7r


Here are a bevy of autofocus lenses made for the Sony NEX system mounted on the new Sony A7r. The red boxes show a 1:1 or square aspect ratio and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The lenses have rear baffles which were not removed. Most of the prime lenses can provide a square image with a little bit of vignetting. 16:9 images show heavy vignetting, maybe we can extract a 2.35:1 Cinemascope / Panavision image with the A7r's 36 megapixels to play with.

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Carl Zeiss 12mm Touit Lens on Sony A7r


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Sony 16mm Pancake with Ultra Wide Adapter on Sony A7r



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Sigma 19mm Lens on Sony A7r


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Sigma 30mm Lens on Sony A7r


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Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @55mm on Sony A7r


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Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @98mmLens on Sony A7r


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Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @210mm Lens on Sony A7r


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 in Cape May

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We thoroughly enjoyed the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon on a recent trip. We spent a few days in Cape May, NJ with the Touit 12mm glued onto the NEX-7.

We are still learning this ultra wide angle lens, at 18mm efov on the NEX, most everything will be in frame. We are somewhat addicted to the NEX-7's level feature which helps minimize converging vertical lines with such a wide lens. We also depended on the NEX-7's autofocus mode while using focus-recompose to frame. Here are a few shots from the trip. They are all RAW converted shots.

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Samples from Zeiss 35mm and 55mm Sonnar FE and Touit 50mm Macro


Here are some samples we were able to take at PhotoPlus Expo. We tried the three new Zeiss lenses which are the 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar FE, the 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar FE, and the 50mm f/2.8 Makro Touit. The Zeiss FE lenses were located in the Sony exhibit alongside the new Sony A7 cameras. Both the 35mm and the 55mm Sonnar FE felt at home on the Sony NEX-7. They were neither heavy nor enormous on the NEX. The Sonnar FE samples were taken using autofocus. Click on them and they are 100% crops from RAW files from the NEX-7. We didn't have enough time with the lenses but the results are excellent.





The Zeiss Touit 50mm Macro Planar was stationed at the Carl Zeiss exhibit. We were lucky enough to speak with Dr. Pollman, Zeiss Program Manager, about the new Touit 50mm Macro. He stated that this is their first 50mm macro which can provide a 1 to 1 magnification. The shots below are manually focused at minimum focus distance of the Touit 50mm. Click and find the full processed raw file (20+ mb) from the NEX-7. The shots are very revealing - we cleaned the Touit 12mm, the lens in the picture, after seeing the shots at 100%. Just like the other lenses in the Zeiss Touit lens line, the 50mm Macro will not dissapoint.



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Zeiss 50mm Macro Touit NEX-7 Sample at f/2.8


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Zeiss 50mm Macro Touit NEX-7 Sample at f/5.6


Dr. Michael Pollman and the Zeiss Touits


Disclaimer: The images above are from pre-production lenses.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses

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Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses


Zeiss is starting the holidays early. They are providing a 20% discount on their excellent Touit lenses for the NEX system. They are also compatible with the Sony A7 and A7r via the APS-C mode. The Touit lenses are fully compatible, auto-aperture and autofocus, with the NEX and A7 cameras.

Click here to get your 20% discount on the Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon and the 32mm f/1.8 Planar for your E-mount system.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Sony A7 and A7r Hands On at PhotoPlus Expo

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Sony A7r with a Voigtlander 12mm Lens and Viewfinder


It was a very crowded Sony booth at PhotoPlus. The great thing was the Sony representatives were very accommodating to anyone who wanted to play with the new Sony A7 and A7r. We had our bag of lenses and was able to mount them all on the A7 and A7r - check out the 12mm viewfinder on the A7r above. The lenses include the following:

  • Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Leica Thread Mount on a helicoid adapter.
  • Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron LTM.
  • Minolta 24mm f/2.8 Rokkor MD.
  • Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon.
  • Contax Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar with the Metabones Speedbooster and the standard C/Y adapter.
  • Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit Distagon.
The cameras were pre-production and the use of memory cards to record the images was prohibited. We wanted to see if I could see immediate problems on the rear tilting lcd but none were glaring.  The only noticeable issue was color shift with the Contax G 28mm Biogon.  We're hoping that this can be remedied with the production models.

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Sony A7r and a Contax G Lens


Below is the Contax 85mm Planar on a Metabones Speedbooster. As you can see it cannot cover the whole sensor but with APS-C mode on the A7 cameras the Speedbooster is still useable.

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Sony A7r and a Contax 85mm Planar Lens via Speedbooster

The Voigtlander 35mm Ultron LTM was a nice surprise.  This lens gives the NEX-7 some problems with color shift but on the A7 this was not the case.  The few snaps that we took looked great on the rear lcd.


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Sony A7r and a Voigtlander 35mm Ultron

The Minolta 24mm f/2.8 MD provide a nice wide angle image on the Sony A7.  It felt nice and balance on the slightly larger frame of the Sony A7.

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Sony A7r and a Contax 85mm Planar Lens via Speedbooster

We were very excited to mount the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit on the new Sony A7.  We had the A7's APS-C lens detection off to see how much the Touit can cover the full frame sensor.  The lens has a plastic shroud to protect the rear element and this showed up in the shot below.  The Touit works perfectly fine in APS-C mode.

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Sony A7r and a Zeiss 12mm Distagon Touit


The images above were from a smartphone.



Monday, June 17, 2013

Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm Distagon and Miami

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Delano Hotel South Beach


Here are some shots from the Zeiss Touit 12mm Distagon from Miami. It was a quick trip and the weather did not cooperate. The 12mm Touit is a nice match for the NEX-7 due to its lightweight design yet being so well built. The lens was glued to the NEX-7 for most of the trip. The 18mm FOV will take more practice since it's such a wide perspective.

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Car Inside Trump Sunny Isles


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La Sandwicherie South Beach


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Mac's Club Deuce


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nex-7 zeiss touit 12mm distagon miami

Airport Code: EWR

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zeiss Touit 12mm Lens in Istanbul Not Constantinople

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The plan: spend the 5 hr layover in Istanbul Ataturk Airport to visit the Asian side of Istanbul by ferry.

The plan was devised by my friend and I with no planning. Our other companions stayed behind and wished us luck since we needed it. First one needs a $20 visa to enter Turkey, this took 15 minutes. Next was the passport check line, this took 25 minutes - we have 4 hrs and 20 mins left before our plane left to our final destination. The easiest way to get into Istanbul is by the Metro. We had to take the Subway then the tram to the ferry. Luckily we had no map and were depending on strangers to get us to our destination. We arrived at the ferry one hour later with no complications except for the slow and jam packed tram - 3 hrs and 20 mins to go.

And the problems began. We were told that the ferry was free - it was not. We had to scramble to get tokens - where did the Turkish Liras go? We were rushing to catch the next ferry, and did not confirm its destination. We boarded and waited for 5 mins for the ferry to launch. We saw the Asian side to the left of us, and it stayed to the left of us. The ferry took 15 mins to arrive at its destination which was still the European side of Istanbul - oops. We had no choice but to retrace our steps back to the airport. We finally acquired a map and saw where we went wrong. We took the wrong ferry. The ferry fiasco took 40 mins - 2 hrs and 40 mins left.

We missed the first tram back - 10 mins wait. We got on the next one and slowly countdown the stops in order not to miss the transfer to the subway. It always felt faster returning but this time it did not. Everything was new and we didn't notice how close the tram was to the people and the sidewalks - did we get on the right tram? We did as confirmed by the tram map. We transfer to the subway and get back into the airport - one hour gone, 1 hr 30 min left.

We had to go through two security checks - one has not seen a film camera before. We also had to go through the passport / visa check again and ran through the airport. We checked the flight status boards and saw that our flight was blinking red - FINAL CALL. We arrived at our gate with 10 mins before take off and the airline ticket attendants questioned us. A special screener was assigned to my friend since he had no checked in luggage. We eventually boarded the plane with cheers and jeers from our companions. It was a good yet unsuccessful adventure on a nice day in Istanbul not Constantinople.

Here are a few photos I managed to snap with the new Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon lens on the NEX-7. I was hoping I had more time to shoot but this was low on our priority list. The camera was on Aperture Priority and Autofocus.

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carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

Saturday, June 1, 2013

How Zeiss Touit Lenses Are Made

Manufacturing of Zeiss Touit Lenses for NEX Cameras


One Hundred Pieces Hand Assembled


Carl Zeiss shows the time and care invested into each Zeiss Touit lens for your NEX Camera.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Zeiss Touit Press Event Coverage

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Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit with the Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6

Here's what we learned from the Zeiss Touit Lens press event yesterday.

  • Zeiss sees the Compact System Camera on an upward trend while the DSLR market peaking.
  • More Touit lenses will be announced within 12-24 months.
  • The 50mm f/2.8 macro will be announced this fall.
  • The lenses are much lighter than they appear.
  • The focus ring is well damped.
  • The lenses are designed to work with the latest NEX firmware.
  • The 12mm Distagon and the 32mm Planar will be available early June.
  • The 12mm and 32mm MTF charts are posted below.


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Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens MTF Chart



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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens MTF Chart


Thank you Richard, Nicole, and Tobias!

Pre-order your Touit Lenses at Unique Photo.