ZEISS released a new firmware update for the Touit 2.8/12 E and 1.8/32 E lenses providing support of phase detection autofocus and the fast hybrid autofocus of newer Sony E mount cameras. This new firmware must be uploaded to the lens at ZEISS’ facilities using specialized equipment. It is not possible to upload the firmware via the Sony camera body.
More information about the update can be found at: http://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/en_de/service/download_center/touit_e-mount.html#improvements
Dr. Michael Pollmann, Program Manager – Consumer Lenses at ZEISS and Tom Schönherr, Managing Partner at Phoenix Design talk about their collaboration in the design of the new Touit lens family.
Lens maker Carl Zeiss showed off two new prime lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X mirrorless compact system cameras at a press event in New York City trecently. The 12mm f/2.8 and 32mm f/1.8 are the first models in a new line of autofocus CSC lenses that Zeiss has named after a small Brazilian parrot, the touit. Optimized to work with the Sony and Fuji APS-C-sensor-based CSCs, the two lenses offer fields of view that are roughly equivalent to those of 18mm and 49mm lenses on a 35mm or full-frame digital camera. Both optics feature the company’s T* antireflective coating.
Both new Touit lenses will be available by early June. The 12mm f/2.8 will carry a list price of $1,250, while the 32mm f/1.8 will sell for $900. Zeiss also plans to add a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens to the Touit line in late 2013.