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As far as the eye can see

Touit 2.8/12

Thanks to the combination of one of the widest fields of view in APS-C format photography with fantastic imaging performance and light weight, this lens makes wide-angle photography even more fascinating.

Touit 2.8/12

As far as the eye can see

Touit 2.8/12

As far as the eye can see

Touit 2.8/12

As far as the eye can see

Touit 2.8/12

As far as the eye can see

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    For optimum compatibility of Touit lenses on Sony NEX cameras we recommend to use the latest firmware (1.02 for NEX-5R/NEX-6 and 1.03 for NEX-7 or higher). The firmware can be downloaded from the Sony website:

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    ZEISS Touit 2.8/12

    As far as the eye can see

    With an angle of view of 99 degrees, the ZEISS Touit® 2.8/12 wide-angle lens will soon become a firm favourite, particularly for landscapes and architectural photography. Its unique ZEISS T*® multicoating guarantees maximum transmission and outstanding absorption of extraneous light. The result: breathtaking image quality from edge to edge and corner to corner of the entire image field. What’s more, all moving parts of the ZEISS Touit 2.8/12, conceived specifically for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X Series cameras, are engineered for extreme precision and a long working life. And finally, its strong and rigid metal bayonet mount makes it an absolutely dependable companion for many years to come.

    Technical specifications:

    Focal length 12 mm
    Aperture range f/2.8 – f/22
    Focusing range 0,18 m (0.59 ft) – ∞
    Number of elements/groups 11/8
    Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 99° / 89° / 66°
    Coverage at close range 220 x 144 mm (8.66 x 5.67″)
    Filter thread M67 x 0,75
    Dimensions (with caps) E: 81 mm (3.19″)
    X: 86 mm (3.39″)
    Diameter of focusing ring E, X: 65 mm (2.56″)
    Weight E: 260 g (0.57 lbs)
    X: 270 g (0.60 lbs)
    Camera mounts E-Mount

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    Touit 2.8/12

    Distagon Design

    Touit 2.8/12

    When the angle of view becomes extreme, the retrofocus design of the Distagon lens can also be the ideal choice when the camera is not an SLR. Distagon lens types possess the low, image-sided, raypath angles that are particularly favourable for use with digital image sensors and also guarantee an extremely homogeneous distribution of brightness across the image field.

    Distagon with 11 lens elements in 8 groups
    Lens with aspheric surface
    Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion
    "Floating Elements" design


    Touit 2.8/12

    Smooth and reliable autofocus

    The design of the autofocus system demands an extremely precise movement of certain lens elements. As the mass of the elements or groups to be moved within the optical system differs, various motor types may be installed. The focusing system of the Touit lenses is designed to guarantee robust and smooth autofocusing without any need for compromises or limitations in their optical design.

    Information: To reach the best compatibility on Sony NEX Cameras (AF in video mode) we highly recommend to use the latest Sony NEX firmware.

    Innovative product design

    Innovative product design to ensure superior handling and fulfil the most stringent aesthetic expectations. ZEISS lenses are among the winners of the several thousand products entered for prominent design awards. The unmistakeable new product design is based on an integrative concept and focuses on essential functional elements. Even the lens hood, typically an accessory, is seamlessly integrated into the overall design. The metal bayonet mount guarantees extreme rigidity and rubberised setting rings enable precise manual control when needed. Flush-fitting, satinised surfaces visualise the optical and mechanical precision of each lens.

    Aspherical design

    The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.

    Floating Elements Design

    Today’s camera technologies and high-resolution sensors demand continuous improvement of lens performance. Thanks to the use of the latest floating element design principles, optical aberration effects in ZEISS lenses are reduced to a minimum throughout their entire focusing range. This is achieved by variation of the axial distance between individual lens elements or groups. This adjustment of the lens-to-lens distance is coupled to the distance setting to ensure correct compensation at all times. The mechanical construction of these lenses is extremely complex and they must be assembled with utmost precision – both of which are key competencies of ZEISS.

    Excellent resolution and high contrast

    Richly saturated and vivid colours are a must in the creation of lasting impressions. However, stray light within an optical system leads to a lightening of the image that is particularly noticeable in the shadows. This reduces image contrast, with the result that exposures lack contrast and appear faded. To avoid this, ZEISS combines various specially developed technologies to reduce the undesirable effects of stray light.

    ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating

    The optical elements of ZEISS lenses feature T*® anti-reflective coating on all surfaces and an optical design that guarantees images of superior brilliance at all times, even in unfavourable lighting conditions. We apply the anti-reflective coating to the lens surfaces by the vapour deposition of extremely thin, transparent layers on the glass. In this process, special substances are vaporized with extremely high energy in a high-vacuum environment and are subsequently deposited on the glass surfaces, one after another, as layers with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflective properties. The first coating techniques were employed by ZEISS as long ago as in the 1930s.

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    Touit 2.8/12

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    Blog Articles

    Touit 2.8/12

    ZEISS Touit | 2015-06-08 07:55:29 |

    Year of the Alpha

    Toni Ahvenainen created a yearlong personal photography project to find his own way of seeing the world through the viewfinder. To complete this project, he persistently carried his camera everywhere for a full year and reflected on his identity as a photographer through various subjects. The ...


    Optics take a dive
    Into the Deep Blue | 2014-09-10 16:22:03 |

    Optics take a dive

    Underwater photography is about more than just a waterproof housing. But with the right equipment and appropriate know-how you can create fascinating images. Under the water’s surface a new world begins, a world with its very own conditions. Water is some 800 times denser than air and therefore ...


    Deep blue vision
    Into the Deep Blue | 2014-09-10 16:21:43 |

    Deep blue vision

    Kevin Palmer has been diving with his camera for more than 30 years. He loves the oceans’ blue vastness and fascinating animal kingdom, every bit as much as he loves the people whose lives are so closely intertwined with the sea. His motifs are as diverse as the oceans are deep.For Kevin Palmer ...


    Shows | 2014-09-07 10:24:28 |

    "You and your photo at photokina" - and the winner is...

    At this year's photokina we will show the most beautiful photos taken by ZEISS fans from all over the world in our digital gallery. For that purpose we asked you to send us your best ZEISS photos. Not only will they be shown at our booth but one chosen photographer will travel to Cologne to visit photokina ...


    Wide spaces – clear lines
    ZEISS Touit | 2014-07-16 18:31:47 |

    Wide spaces – clear lines

    Objects in the public domain and their geometric impact are the focus of Barry Tse’s photography. He uses the large angular field of the ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 to present each motif and its surroundings with equal impact. ...


    Reviews & Awards

    Touit 2.8/12

    "Famed for the quality of their lenses for 35mm and medium format cameras, Zeiss has branched out into creating lenses..."
    "Carl Zeiss (Now just named Zeiss) has always been considered the premium brand for lenses in the photography industry..."
    "The traditional method of shooting close-up photographs is with a macro lens mounted on the camera, and, no doubt about it..."
    "Let me begin by saying I could have written this entire review in this one sentence: "The Zeiss Touit 12mm and 32mm are..."
    "The promise of mirror-less cameras is lightweight and compact size compared to their bulkier heavier DSLR brethren..."
    "It appears that one can get very useful ~15.4mm equivalent field of view on the full frame Sony A7R with the Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon..."


    iF product design award 2013

    Gear of the year 2013

    red dot design award 2013

    American Photo Editor's Choice

    TIPA AWARD 2014


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