Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro

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.

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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.

The lens:

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.

The “snout”:

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)

Review:

If you want to read a full blown review of the lens, go here:

http://kenrockwell.com/fuji/x-mount-lenses/60mm-f24.htm

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!

 

 

 

 

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