As Good As It Gets

Better Photography|October 2019

As Good As It Gets
Conchita Fernandes reviews the Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, the first-ever 1:1 magnification ratio lens for Fuji’s X system cameras.
Conchita Fernandes

Until the launch of the Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens, Fujifilm did not have any options for lenses that provided full 1:1 macro reproduction. With the inclusion of this lens, for their X series camera users, macro photography professionals, now, have something to consider.

Features

The 80mm f/2.8 is equivalent to 122mm on Fuji’s X series bodies, and possesses 16 lens elements in 12 groups, which includes one aspherical ED lens, one Super ED lens and three ED lenses, and has 9 diaphragm blades. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.25m, uses a Floating Focus System for improved AF performance, and its OIS system is said to achieve up to 5-stops of image stabilisation. The front elements in the lens comes with a fluorine coating to prevent smudging, and the lens barrel is weather-sealed and dustproof at 11 points, and can be used in temperatures as low at -10°C. There’s also a linear motor on the focus lens to enable fast and near-silent AF. The lens is compatible with XF1.4x and XF2.0x teleconverters, and weighs a hefty 750g. It also comes along with a hood.

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October 2019