Crisp & Clean, No Caffeine
I was out between raindrops today testing the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 on my Sony a6000. It’s equivalent to a 48mm or standard lens. I won’t waste any time, and immediately tell you that I love this lens, and have since it was first released several years ago! PopFlashPhoto was kind enough to send me the Touit 12mm and 32mm for testing on my Fuji X-Pro 1’s (back when I shot Fuji), and I fell in love with them both. I couldn’t justify the price of the 32mm (it was $900 at release) as I already owned the stupendous Fuji 35mm f/1.4, plus I didn’t need another standard lens. I really liked shooting with the 12mm too (18mm equivalent), but I rarely if ever shoot super wide lenses, so I wasn’t even considering it.
This tiny Zeiss Touit 32mm has been on my mind, or should I say heart, for quite some time, and I wanted to add it to my kit. With the recent price drop from $900 to $499, I finally decided to get one. After my first day of testing, I think it’s definitely a keeper. It’s not just sharp, lots of lenses are sharp, but it’s crisp and it renders fine detail amazingly well. It also has that Zeiss dreaminess (that’s what I call it)—sharp yet it has a certain glow to it (depending on the subject), and of course, the Zeiss 3D pop where subjects actually look three dimensional rather than flat and two dimensional like so many other lenses. Whatever that intangible quality is, this lens has it. This is why I love Zeiss lenses. I don’t know how I went so many decades without using them. I give credit to Steve Huff, who first made me aware of Zeiss and Leica lenses—thanks Steve! Leica lenses are just as lovely, but in a different way. The problem is, Leica lenses don’t autofocus nor do they have a Sony E-Mount.
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 on Sony a6000