Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens for Fujifilm X-Mount

Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8

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Zeiss announced the specs for this lens recently.

I’d initially dismissed this lens as too close to the Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 lens, but I’d missed the fact that is is also a macro lens with true 1:1 reproduction – the first native lens for the Fujifilm X-Mount with this capability. It is also an internal focussing lens, so the lens doesn’t extend hugely as many macro lenses do.

See the video below (dubbed in English) for information about the lens from Zeiss

Some impressive samples from Zeiss can be seen on their Flickr set here

Just when I thought my life would be complete with the Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 lens, another one appears on the horizon for me to lust after!

I’m a big fan of the Zeiss lenses, I had the 12mm for a week and really like the feel of it, although I couldn’t justify buying it over the Fujifilm 14mm, and likewise with the 32mm, it was just too close to the Fuji 35mm to be worth buying for me, but I’ve wanted a true 1:1 macro lens for my X-Series for a while and this might just be the one!

When they get around to filling out all the details it will be available on Amazon UK here.

Technical specifications

Focal length 50 mm
Effective focal length if used on APS-C camera 75 mm
Aperture range f/2.8 – f/22
Lens elements / Groups 14/11
Focusing range 0.15 m (6.02″) – ∞
Free working distance 0.05 m (1.97″) – ∞
Angular field** (diag. / horiz. / vert.) 31° / 26° / 18°
Diameter of image field  28.2 mm (1.11″)
Flange focal distance  E-mount: 18,0 mm (0.71″)X-mount: 17,7 mm (0.70″)
Coverage at close range (MOD)** 23.5 x 15.6 mm (0.93 x 0.61″)
Image ratio at MOD  1:1
Filter thread M52 x 0.75
Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf – MOD) 720°
Diameter max. (with lens shade) E, X: 75 mm (2.95″)
Diameter of focusing ring E, X: 65 mm (2.56″)
Length (without lens caps) E, X: 91 mm (3.58″)
Length (with lens caps) E: 104 mm (4.09″)X: 108 mm (4.25″)
Weight (without lens caps) E, X: 290 g (0.64 lbs)
Camera mounts E-mount, X-mount 

Zeiss Press Release

A new all-around lens broadens the Touit family

The macro lens ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M for compact system cameras also shows its strengths in portraiture

OBERKOCHEN, January 30, 2014
More and more photographers are taking advantage of the growing possibilities afforded by compact system cameras with APS-C sensors. With the Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32, ZEISS already offers two lenses with E- and X-mount that suffice in meeting the demands of ambitious photographers. Now, the new ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M expands the Touit family to include longer focal lengths as well as close-up coverage.

The Touit 2.8/50M offers a magnification power of 1:1. As a result, the photographed object appears on the camera sensor in its original size. Details that cannot be seen with the naked eye become impressively visible at short shooting distances. This new Touit is therefore following in very large footsteps: ZEISS macro lenses with a magnification power of 1:2, such as the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 and Makro-Planar T* 2/50, have already established themselves as top macro lenses among SLR lenses.

Thanks to its moderate telephoto focal length, the Touit 2.8/50M is also perfect as a portrait lens. When allowing for a crop factor of 1.5, the angular field corresponds to a full-frame-equivalent focal length of 75 mm. Here, too, the lens’s enormous versatility pays off. The lens covers distances from infinity to a magnification power of 1:1. The Touit 2.8/50M is a versatile lens that harmonizes very well with the flexible application of compact APS-C system cameras. Its imaging power makes it an ideal choice for close-ups and portraits.

The Touit 2.8/50M also employs the floating elements design from ZEISS. This enables the lens to achieve a consistently high imaging performance, including up to the minimum object distance (MOD). The exceptional image quality remains consistent, independent of the focus setting. Two aspheres – lens elements number three and four – deliver an important contribution to the high image quality. Two additional lens elements with low dispersion – lens elements number two and nine – help ensure that the lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberrations are kept to a minimum.

A round iris with a total of nine blades gives areas of the motif outside the focus a soft and very natural-looking character. Focused objects before a blurry background are clearly accentuated, creating a harmonious and balanced bokeh. Excellent sharpness along all f-stops rounds off the performance spectrum of the Touit 2.8/50M.

“The new Touit 2.8/50M is for photographers who already use our other two Touit lenses; it’s the ideal complement to their portfolio. Owners of APS-C system cameras with Sony E- or Fujifilm X-mounts who are looking for a new high-end lens will also want to use the Touit 2.8/50M. Whether a photographer has an eye for the smallest details or likes sharp portraits and pleasing bokeh, our new all-around Touit will definitely be at the top of their wish list,” says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product and Program Manager from ZEISS Camera Lenses.

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

More information can be found on www.zeiss.com/photo.

* Status as of January 30, 2014
** referring to APS-C format

 

 

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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor.
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