Zeiss 32mm F1.8 Touit E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44170 date: Nov-14-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Discover 25 F1.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
price paid:249 USD (used)
positive:Sharp wide-open
Fairly flat focus plane
9 aperture blades
Closer to 50 mm equivalent
negative:Somewhat slow & noisy focusing
Imprecise focus-by-wire
Cheap looking, primitive design
Untextured focus grip
No optical stabilization
Minor barrel distortion
Axial chromatic abberration
A stop less bright than the Sigma F1.4 C
comment:A clean, well-used copy a bit worn around the edges, missing the hood and front cap. This is a fairly simple planar lens design with unit focus like most older 40 to 58 mm primes and most of the cheap manual mirrorless primes. The body shell seems to be fairly thick aluminum alloy. "02" firmware supporting hybrid autofocus loaded. The current list price is $720. "Made in Japan"

On the A6000 it is equivalent to about 49 mm F2.8 on full-frame. This is one situation where the Sony 50 F1.8 FE is a much better deal.

The focus-by-wire doesn't allow precise manual focus. It uses a DC motor much like the FE 50 F1.8. Hybrid AF works across the frame at all apertures unlike the Sigma DN lenses. The focusing is slower than the Sony OSS lens, but the reduced focus breathing makes focus transitions smoother.

This copy is sharper than the Sigma 30 F1.4's or Sony 35 F1.8 OSS, but has somewhat less contrast than the Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM. It has less focus plane curvature than either Sony 35mm F1.8 but is not quite as flat as the Fotasy 35mm F1.6. Lateral chromatic aberration is well controlled--perhaps due to the two extra lens elements.

It has a similar amount of barrel distortion as the Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM, much less than the Sigma 30 F1.4 C. The 35 OSS has much less.

Original plastic hoodsl is readily available new for $45 shipped which is about what I paid for the Fotasy lens. The circular hood is much deeper than the ones included with the other lenses. The front element is quite recessed at infinity focus, and never sticks out, so the hood is not necessary for protection.

Overall, a simple but effective normal prime for APS-C with a pair of blue logos.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.25
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.70
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