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Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8

29 September 2013
Arkadiusz Olech

8. Vignetting

Vignetting in the JPEG files, like the distortion, is corrected automatically. In order to know its real nature you have to measure it not only in JPEG but mostly in RAW files. The thumbnails below present the comparison between vignetting levels you get for different aperture values and both types of files.

JPEG RAW
f/1.8 f/1.8
Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8 - Vignetting Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8 - Vignetting
f/2.0 f/2.0
Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8 - Vignetting Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8 - Vignetting
f/2.8 f/2.8
Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8 - Vignetting Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8 - Vignetting


In the case of JPEG files, at the maximum relative aperture you have to take into account the loss of 25% of light in the frame corners (-0.84 EV). The stopping down to f/2.0 improves the situation just slightly because the vignetting decreases to 23% (-0.77 EV). By f/2.8 that aberration remains still noticeable, amounting to 17% (-0.53 EV). Its value becomes negligible (10%) only by f/4.0.


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You get to know the real vignetting level only after the analysis of RAW files. Looking at the results there are no reasons to be satisfied. At the maximum relative aperture the light fall-off in the frame corners goes as high as 45% (-1.72 EV). The Fujinon 1.4/35 within the margin of error got the same result by f/1.4. Like in the case of JPEG files, on stopping down to f/2.0 you see the vignetting decrease by just 2% to a value of –1.62 EV. By f/2.8 that aberration is still visible, amounting to 23% (-0.76 EV). Only by f/4.0 and f/5.6 you can speak about a not very bothersome level, with the vignetting amounting to 16% (−0.50 EV) and 12% (−0.38 EV) respectively.

To sum up the tested lens didn’t exactly distinguish itself in this category. Mind you it is more expensive than the Fujinon 1.4/35, slower and bigger – we had every right to expect a better performance but it fell short of our expectations.

Carl Zeiss Touit 32 mm f/1.8 - Vignetting