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One year with Sony Alpha cameras and ZEISS E-mount lenses. Developing my own photographic eye in a in a scratch book manner. Hunting the stream of inspiration and sharing it through a popular blog platform.
This is what 'Days of Zeiss' is all about.




So hungry I could eat an elephant

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/14, 2sec, ISO100, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 – f/14, 2sec, ISO100, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

I have to say I love to work with the Zeiss Touit 2.8/12. I have already worked with this lens for about one and a half years before this project, but I still wanted to include it with this project to offer as much as possible for anyone who is interested to follow my project. When I originally got this lens, I thought it might be used pretty rarely because of its ultra-wide angle, but it did surprise me at least in two ways. First of all, it was the first Zeiss lens I ever had and as such it has defined my own experience with Zeiss lenses and continues to do so in the future too. To me this experience was about contrast and colours. I remember when I fitted the Touit 2.8/12 for the first time to my Nex-5N and we went for a short walk to the lake nearby. Already at the cameras LCD-display I could see that the colours where different than what I was used to. At that moment I couldn’t say if they were better or worse, but the difference where there even though I couldn’t pinpoint it accurately. To be honest, I was a bit disoriented by colours for about two months because suddenly my post processing routines did not work as I was used to and I was not getting the same look that I had before. But after those two months, picture by picture, I really became to appreciate those differences in colours and in the end became very convinced about them. I remember that for the first time I thought I’m finally getting colours I’ve always searched for. Was it because I was just getting better with my post processing skills or was it because of Zeiss lens, I still cannot say for a fact but I know something clicked with the Touit 2.8/12 and after that I never looked back – I was suddenly getting the results that I wanted and didn’t want to risk it in any way. Because of this inspiring experience I became a Zeiss-fan and the Touit 2.8/12 will always have a special place in my mind even if it’s ‘just a crop-lens’ in world where full frame is appreciated more. In some odd way I’m searching for (gear-wise) that same experience again in my photography and like I have already said before the Zeiss Batis 2/25 is coming close.

Another way the Touit 2.8/12 surprised me was the fact I found myself using it much more that I originally though and it became a some sort of creative lens in my setup. Like everybody else seem to think about ultra-wide angle lenses, I had thought that I would be photographing sceneries and such with it ‘because it’s an ultra-wide angle lens’. Wrong, actually I found it pretty uninteresting for sceneries as it has a capability to make even a mountain look small. But I loved it in small and tight places. I know you are probably thinking about ‘small rooms’, but I mean places like fridges, baby carts, washing machines, doll houses and such, which are often a no go with a standard lens. Being an ultra-wide angle the Touit 2.8/12 has great creative potential because with it you can actually make pictures that would otherwise be impossible – and most of the time they are also interesting just because of that. To me, this has been a great experience and definitely recommend for anyone to across their own conceptions of what each focal length can be used for. You might be surprised to find yourself doing the kind of pictures that you never thought off in the first place.