Updated: May 10
I'll start by saying that this is my first modern lens on the Fujifilm X system. So far I've been using vintage Zeiss glass.
Personally, I enjoy the experience that manual focus lenses bring. It is also one of the reasons I use a lot of the Zeiss Loxia lenses for the Sony E-Mount.
With that being said, the Zeiss Touit is an autofocus lens. The 32mm is very small. It feels nicely balanced on the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-E2.
The weight of the lens is also something that I enjoy, coming at 210 g. In my opinion, the Touit feels extremely close to the Zeiss Batis lenses. I dare say, a mini-Batis.
The 32mm Touit has a similar rubber focusing ring as the Batis and also seems to be made out of the material from the Batis lineup.
The Touit doesn't come with the O-Led display, but frankly, I've never used it on the Batis lenses regardless of how cool it looks.
The Fujifilm version comes with an aperture ring on the lens, which gives it a nice mechanical feel. Especially since I'm used to the Batis lineup. The autofocus is responsive on cameras as old as the X-E1 and even better on the X-E2.
One thing that I will say, the focus is a bit loud. You will hear the lens when you turn on the camera and when you focus, on both auto and manual focus.
This may be a nuance to some shooters, especially when stealth is needed.
For me, it's not a deal-breaker. I tend to photograph cities and landscapes or people that are aware of the photos =)
Zeiss offers 3 lenses for Fujifilm and the same are available for the Sony APS-C cameras with E-Mount. To my surprise, there are 2 Planar designs in the lineup, the 50mm f2.8 being the other. The 12mm f2.8 is a Distagon. I’m curious if it’s similar to the Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8.
By looking at the MFT graphs on the Zeiss website, the 32mm performs the weakest from the trio but very similar to a coveted lens by Zeiss, the 45mm f2 from the Contax G era.
In fact, according to the MFT graph, the Touit performs better. It's not a surprise, it's a modern lens.
Regardless of some of the shortcomings, Do I enjoy and recommend the lens? Yes
Here are some samples of shots taken with the 32mm Touit