And so once again I find myself taking exception to lens reviews which as I say are subjective, mine included.
The lens in question is the Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 of the Sony e mount variety.
My initial expectation if I were impressionable and accepted various reviews at face value would have been that the auto focus mechanism inhabits the same decibel level as a herd of rampaging Elephants or a locomotive going off the rails.
Not the case at all, more of a tactile experience than an auditory one unless perhaps you have the lens stuck in your ear.
Would it be detectable on video? I expect so, but then if you were breathing heavily that would be also.
The fix? An external microphone that can be of reasonable price or bordering on the criminal.
This is a lens that “hunts” unnecessarily to focus?
Hasn’t been my experience but that could depend on a couple of factors – one being the year manufactured and whether it has a firmware update, whether your camera has the latest firmware, and perhaps the most obvious of all whether or not your camera is set to continuous focus? If so switch to your standard auto focus mode if you’re inclined to use AF.
I haven’t experienced this “hunting” in any situation thus far, even though I prefer manual focus but initially restricted myself for the most part to AF to determine for myself how it performed.
There’s something of a debate about which is the better lens between the Sony 35mm f1.8 and the Zeiss 32mm touit – my personal opinion is that while the Sony is a good sharp lens the touit is the noticeably superior lens when it comes to a number of considerations such as chromatic aberrations, fringing, flare, and vignetting.
The question is is Sony’s OSS worth the trade off? To me it isn’t unless it is a matter of budgetary constraints – that being my personal subjective opinion.
I have a copy of Sony’s 35mm F1.8, the reason I have it is because it’s a good lens and most of it’s issues are for the most part minor and in camera corrected or correctable in post editing, but if the choice were restricted to whether it or the Zeiss would go on the camera then it would be the Zeiss at least nine times out of ten.
Zeiss is on a roll having entered the fray late when it comes to mirrorless lenses be they full frame or cropped, and well worth taking a look at their ever increasing line.
Neither Zeiss nor any other quality lens manufacturer is going to be inclined to make a lens with the optical quality of Sigma’s dn art series for an asking price of $200 – if they did people would probably claim it was heresy and pick it apart.
I’ve said before I believe photography buffs should own the Sigma art trilogy of 19mm, 30mm, and 60 mm – three great lenses at a combined cost less than many primes.
But I’d also say the Zeiss is worth saving for if that’s what it comes too.
Street value is about $600 now, or you might be able to do a little bartering as I have to acquire a copy.
You may have a lens or two you’d be willing to part with.
I’ve seen a few negatives about the touits lens hood – it’s plastic, and my response is so what, it’s the glass that matters and how many other lenses do you have that came with a plastic hood? How many hoods have you purchased that were plastic?
This is the age of hybrid lenses that include both metal and plastic components, so a plastic hood is an issue?
Would I prefer all metal everything? I sure would, but then that would add additional “weight” and people would complain about that as mirrorless cameras are supposed to be all about lightweight and “pocketable”.
And while we’re at it let’s talk about firmware updates – it’s a fact of life for both cameras and lenses …….. period – and maybe rather than grousing about the need for one we ought to be pleased they actually exist from the high end down and remember they didn’t before the digital age.
In the perfect world every lens and every camera would be perfect, no need for updates or even new models, but we live in the imperfect real world pursuing our interests and plying our trades.
I have a DeWalt worm drive saw I use a lot, it’s my daily go to, weighs maybe twelve or fourteen pounds – magnesium foot to lighten the load and a high impact plastic motor housing.
The first circular saw introduced by Skil somewhere in the 20’s I believe it was weighed a whopping fifty plus pounds.
That’s fifty plus as opposed to twelve or fourteen and they both do the same thing, cut wood – now if you had to use one or the other all day which would you select, and would you complain about a high grade plastic component? I don’t think so – I know I’m not.
One of the elements I admire about the vintage lenses I have is the fact that they in the majority are about all metal construction – I like that, but we’re in a different era now and neither the South nor film cameras are going to rise again.
So if a compromise is to be made then that compromise will still be evaluated on the quality of construction and the new generation plastics and metals employed – good metal, good plastic, good construction, not a problem – anything less is a problem.
High end camera slides, monopods, and tripods tout the fact that they are made of carbon fiber and people flock to them.
Why? I suppose due to the weight considerations and quality of construction – now maybe Zeiss and others could make their hoods from carbon fibers and up the market price to reflect that – if so complaints would surely follow.
So take the long view, if you damage a plastic hood they’re inexpensive to replace – do the same with a metal one, especially a branded one, or one that is “optimized” to insure the best performance and it becomes a different story all together.
I don’t feel as though a brand name warrants a free ride for anyone, I also don’t believe every lens ever made by any company is a keeper, but a part of the metric is the percentage of keepers and Zeiss is up there at the top – the 32mm f1.8 touit is definitely a keeper in my opinion.
It’s the glass, first, last, and foremost – add a good quality construction into the equation and nick picking comes across as exactly that.
Due to a job I’m working I haven’t really been able to seek out the photo subjects I usually do, but the weekends coming and I’ll be out and about then and will post an example or two.
If the rest of the Zeiss mirrorless lines like the Batis and Otus or the remaining touits perform as well then I’ll be looking to divest myself of a lens or two with an eye to securing one…… but those Sigma dn art lenses, nope, keeping them.