Lens review

Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8

29 September 2013
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

  • solid and stylish casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • moderate lateral chromatic aberration,
  • splendid astigmatism control,
  • fast and accurate autofocus.


  • too weak image quality on the edge of the frame near the maximum relative aperture,
  • huge coma,
  • very high vignetting,
  • noticeable spherical aberration,
  • too high longitudinal chromatic aberration.

The Zeiss 1.8/32 is an expensive but not necessarily very fast lens produced by a very renowned company. It is normal that, in such a case, the standards are set very high. Looking at the results of our test we can say that the lens not only failed to reach those standards but most likely didn’t make an effort to do so at all.

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With such a budget and parameters, not being forced to correct the distortion, the tested lens should have performed outstandingly in all categories; meanwhile we only can gush over the resolution in the frame centre. The situation on the edge of the frame is no longer so rosy and near the maximum relative aperture the image is simply weak. What’s more, the coma correction remains dismal, there are some noticeable problems with the longitudinal chromatic aberration and spherical aberration and the vignetting level is high – not only per se but also when compared with the performance of the rivals.

Very good image quality in the frame centre, an excellent astigmatism correction, a decent level of chromatic aberration and a good performance against bright light are great but simply not enough to make you seriously interested in the Zeiss 1.8/32. With the current price tag I don’t think this lens will be hugely popular either among the Fujifilm or the Sony system users.