Let me just start with this that immediately comes to mind: Zeiss…man…Zeiss!!! Zeiss is almost Godlike in the world of glass.  Zeiss lenses have long been my choice of glass for my own professional photography. From as far back as the ancient days of film photography to the digital cameras used today. So, it was great to be given the chance to review two Zeiss Touit lenses for Samy’s Camera’s Photo Blog.

Workers at Little Tokyo Market Place
Shot with Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens

As with my previous reviews, I will not get too much into the tech talk that tends to go along with camera and lens reviews. Rather than splitting atoms and examining digital pixels, I approach my reviews as a working photographer and show the actual results that the lenses provide.

Harley Jacket - The Rock Store
Taken with Zeiss 32mm 1.8 Touit lens

The two Zeiss Touit lenses I tested for this lens review are the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens and the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens . I hope through my words and the photos I took, you will see the strength of these lenses.

Such an odd name -Touit.  It seems all of the digital Zeiss lens names are quite odd these days. Keeping with their trend of naming lenses after birds, the Touit lenses are named after a Latin American band-tailed parrot.

Both of these Zeiss Touit lenses are of beautifully solid builds and excel in quick and accurate focus. This helps capture the photographer’s vision onto the sensors in such a sharp, beautiful manner.

Los Angeles Metro - China Town Stop
Shot with Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens

Their color palettes are quite pleasing. I discovered they both give that extra umph that modern sensors crave and love. These lenses supercharge your digital cameras just that much more. In my case, the incredible Sony A6000 and with the Sony A7S II in APS-C mode.

The Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8, which is a 48mm 1.8, gave me such a pleasing sharp subject/blurred background effect when shooting 3/4 portraits at 1.8.

The Touit 12mm 2.8, which is 18mm on the APS-C Sony, gave me that extra wide angle I always need for architectural and landscape subjects. Sharp wide open as well as stopped down! Well, you expect that from Zeiss lenses don’t you!

OK, enough boring blah blah. Let’s get to the pictures.

Nick's Cafe DTLA
Shot with Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Lens

I have to disclose that these images are not just straight out of the camera. I worked the images to my liking as I do for my clients. I use Photoshop or Lightroom and sometimes Snapseed for my post production work.

I believe you should see how my final images look and not some raw files you can download and scrutinize just the pixels at a ridiculous magnification on your monitor. Looking at raw files is like eating a slab of raw, uncooked steak.

Ferrari at The Snake
Photographed with Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8 on a Sony A6000 camera

If you want to to achieve excellence in sharpness and color with your images then it is definitely worth giving either of these Zeiss Touit lenses a try. They will assist in giving your photographs that WOW factor as a result.  No matter if your goal is to win a photo contest, post something eye-catching on Instagram or sell a print, these two lenses can deliver.

Thank you Suzie and Richard at Zeiss, Samy and Samy’s Cameras;very kind and patient of all of you.

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Ralph Elliott Starkweather
Originating from Santa Monica, California, Ralph Elliott Starkweather is a professional photographer with over 40 years experience. His photographs have featured in LIFE Magazine, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Smithsonian, Cheshire Life and many more. He's had a great number of amazing life experiences including haveing traveled to Australia with Muhammad Ali and photographed some of the Royals in Great Britain.