Fuji XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro Field Test: How does Fujifilm’s first X series 1:1 macro lens perform?
posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM EDT
Back in September, Fujifilm released their first 1:1 macro lens for their X series cameras, the XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. The 120mm-equivalent macro lens delivers excellent close-up performance, including in the corners, but it also works well as a regular medium-telephoto lens thanks to its inclusion of Optical Image Stabilization, which is rated to offer 5 stops of stabilization.
When considering the lens' resolving power, the XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro is the fastest XF lens I've used. In the center, it is remarkably sharp, even wide open at f/2.8, but it also delivers strong corner performance. This is great news for macro shooters looking for ultimate sharpness, but it's also an interesting optic for portrait photographers as its f/2.8 aperture is certainly bright enough to create nice background separation. The lens does suffer from some distracting bokeh at times in the corners, but it generally produces good out-of-focus areas.
To read more about the XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro lens and find out if it performs as well for general shooting as it does for macro work, read my Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Field Test.