Zeiss Touit or Fuji X decision

Started May 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom2572 Senior Member • Posts: 1,129
Re: Zeiss Touit or Fuji X decision

dark13star wrote:

Hi all,

I’ve been really enjoying my Nex-7 over the last year, especially with the Sony Zeiss 24mm lens on it. It served me well climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with the kit lens too. Yet I’m still really intrigued by the Fuji X-system.

I’ve pre-ordered both Zeiss Touit lenses. They are not cheap, as everyone knows, but my joy in photography comes from shooting great prime lenses and while I have legacy glass, I want good native glass too.

After seeing some samples of the Zeiss Touit images compared to the closest Fuji glass , I’m preferring the Fuji images. I realize these are just early snap tests and I see that the focus is different in some of the images. Yet it got me thinking that I really need to try Fuji for myself before I shell out all the cash for those Zeiss lenses.

I’ve ordered an X-E1 and the 35mm f/1.4 to do my own hands on testing. I won’t shoot lens charts and stuff. I’m going to carry my Nex-7 and my Fuji on a couple of outings and see which I really prefer and come to some conclusion before the Zeiss lenses ship.

Anyone else do such a comparison? I’d be interested in what you found. I’d also like to share my findings if others are interested, but I don’t want to start a Sony/Fuji pi$$Ing match. I don’t have vendor loyalty. They are tool providers and I look for the best tools for my needs. The latter part is important, since we are all different and have different photographic styles and preferences.

I see three possible outcomes.

  1. I don’t like the Fuji and send it back before it’s 30-day return period.
  2. I love the Fuji and sell all my Nex gear to build out Fuji.
  3. I determine each has it’s place in my photography and I sell some of my Nex gear and get more Fuji lenses or at least don't buy the Zeiss lenses to build out some Fuji.

It should be interesting at least.


Deciding between two cameras is fine, and deciding between two lenses is fine, but when deciding between a camera and a lens the lens should win out every time. Put another way, when the Fuji X-E1 becomes a glorified paperweight in a few years like all the mirrorless cameras before it (PEN E-P1s can be had for $150 these days), the Touit lenses will still be current and still selling at their current list price.

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