I really like getting up close to a subject and capturing the detail, hence my love of macro photography. I have not done to much lately, i guess i have just been lazy. My X-10 can do really good “macro” shots, but you have to get up really close and that is not so good for all subjects.
When i had my DSLR, i never had a dedicated macro lens. I was close to purchasing a Tamron 90mm when i had my Nikon, but i made the switch to Fuji before i did.
Ever since switching to Fuji, i have only ever owned one lens. With the X-E1, it was the 18-55mm, which did a good job of “macro” photography. With my X-Pro1, i have been using the 35mm ever since purchasing the camera. You can do close-up photography with the 35mm, but it certainly does not equate to “macro”.
Remember, real “macro” photography is 1:1 reproduction. However, many “macro” lenses out there are only able to do 1:2 reproduction, which is good enough for a hobbyist like myself.
After nearly 4 years of being seriously into photography, i will be getting my first “macro” lens: the Fuji 60mm f/2.4 R. I took the plunge today and placed my order with Henry’s.
Why didn’t i purchase it locally?:
Well, because, i only had to pay the GST when i ordered from Henry’s. Not paying any PST saved me a whole lot of money and the shipping was free. On top of that, the Fuji rebates are still on, meaning the lens was discounted by $200. So, a $650 lens for $450, no PST and free shipping… it’s a no brainer.
As with all other XF lenses, the 60mm is very well built. I have read some people saying that it may even be slightly better built than the 35 or 18. I guess i will be the judge of that when i get a hold of my copy.
Apparently, the AF motor is loud and some people have complained about it online. Again, i will have to be the judge of that. I know loud. I have owned a 50mm Nikkor AF-D lens and the AF motor sounded like a robot taking a crap. On top of that, the image stabilization on the Tamron 70-300 that i owned was not very silent either. So, it will be interesting to see, or should i say hear, what people are complaining about.
In addition to the above, i have read about slow focusing. I really don’t see this as much of a problem when doing “macro” photography, but it could become an issue when using it as a small telephoto. But again, i will have to be the judge of it.
With all of the above, you may be wondering why on earth i would bother buying this lens. Simple: don’t believe everything you read on the internet and you be your own judge.
This lens is a bit of an oddity. When you focus the lens more closely to a subject, the inner barrel of the lens protrudes out like a little snout. All the more reason to use the lens hood when using the 60mm. By the way, the lens hood for this lens is quite big. From the photos i have seen, the lens hood seems to be taller and wider then the 60mm itself!
Nuts & Bolts:
Here is a break down of the specifications of the 60mm:
– Lens construction: 10 elements, 8 groups (1 aspherical, 1 abnormal dispersion element)
– 35mm equivalent: 91mm
– Angle of view: 26.6 degrees
– Maximum aperture: f/2.4
– Minimum aperture: f/22
– Number of aperture blades: 9 rounded
– Stop size: 1/3 EV, 20 stops.
– Focus range: 26.7cm to infinity.
– Filter size: 39mm
– Maximum magnification: 0.5x (1:2 reproduction ratio)
If you want to read a full blown review of the lens, go here:
Obviously, i can’t really say anymore since i don’t have the lens in my hands yet and have not tested it. Once i do get the lens, i promise to write a follow-up post.
Thanks for reading. Happy shooting!