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My First Image from the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Fuji X-mount Lens

I took delivery of my new Zeiss Touit 32/1.8 lens this morning from B&H. I couldn’t wait past the weekend so I had it overnighted, for when I’m impulse-buying photo gear, I have no patience. If I make a snap-decision, I want snap-delivery. I like to keep my gratification instant. The little Touit lens is well-built; very solid, as one would expect from Zeiss. And also, as I would expect from Zeiss, even their presentation oozed precision:

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens for Fuji X-Mount
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens for Fuji X-Mount

I immediately mounted the Touit onto my X-E1 and ran around looking for something to make a picture of, and finally settled on making a picture of J. as she was having streaks put in her hair by Kim. I have a couple of shoots lined up for this weekend, so I will be sure to put the lens to the test then, but for now, I have to say that I’m already in love with the Zeiss Touit 32. It’s as sharp as you expect a Zeiss to be, and smooth as butter. The AF works well, and is plenty fast enough for my tastes, and I’m used to shooting with Nikon D3 bodies. I’ll see if I can get a few more photos when we go out to dinner with some friends later this evening. Until then, here’s one pic:

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens for Fuji X-Mount
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens sample image, shot with Fuji X-E1.

More Photos from the Set of “Lilia”

Friend and filmmaker Sam Lerma used my AF100 kit again last Saturday, for some pickup shots for his upcoming short, “Lilia,” which has now wrapped principal photography and has moved on to post. It promises to be a very nice film, indeed. More updates on its status will be posted here when they become available.

 

Photos from the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio filmmaker Sam Lerma, shot with the Panasonic AF100.
DP Yuta Yamaguchi composes a shot.

“Lilia” director of photography, Yuta Yamaguchi, made use of a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L zoom mated to the AF100 via the Kipon EF adapter. Most of the shots were hand-held. The AF100, being such a light-weight camera, is quite balanced in the field.

 

Panasonic AF100 on the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio filmmaker Sam Lerma.
Director Lerma improvises a slate.

 

Someone on the crew of "Lilia" had some fun with the slate.
Someone on the crew of "Lilia" had some fun with the slate.

 

Amby marks a scene on the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio director Sam Lerma.
Amby marks a scene for "Lilia."

 

Sam Lerma directs his lead actors on the set of "Lilia".
Director Lerma talks to his lead actors on the set of "Lilia".

 

San Antonio photographer Darren Abate on the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio filmmaker Sam Lerma.
Yours truly with my trusty Canon 1D Mark III.

Stills from the set of “Lilia.”

Friend and local filmmaker Sam Lerma decided to go “non-DSLR” for his next film, a short entitled, “Lilia.” Instead, Sam and DP Yuta Yamaguchi opted to rent my AF100 to shoot the project. After setting up the camera for them this morning, I snapped some stills on set with my 5D2 and Zeiss 50/1.4 ZE.

AF100 stills from the set of Lilia
Sam Lerma and Yuta Yamaguchi on the set of "Lilia."
AF100 in action on the set of "Lilia".
AF100 in action on the set of "Lilia"
Yuta sets up a shot with the AF100
Yuta Yamaguchi sets up a shot with my AF100
Yuta sets up a shot with the AF100 on the set of "Lilia"
Yuta sets up a shot with the AF100 on the set of "Lilia"
Sam checks a shot in the monitor atop the AF100
Sam checks a shot in the monitor atop the AF100

I’m excited to see how this film turns out. There has been a lot of buzz about it in the local film community, and I know from personal experience that Sam, Yuta, and producer Ralph Lopez are all guys who are very passionate about film, and are dedicated to making a fine film.