I’m not going to write a full-fledged, all-in review of the brand new 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens. It’s not that this superb lens doesn’t deserve one. It does! However, Jonas Rask (check out the October issue of the FujiLove Magazine) and others have already done a marvellous job of writing about this glass and I don’t think I can add much to it.
Having said that, as per multiple requests, I will share a lot of imagery taken with this lens in the next few weeks so you can judge for yourself and decide if this lens fits your needs. In general, I am not a telephoto person. My seeing feels most comfortable at 14mm, 23mm and 56mm focal lengths (21, 35 and 85 in FF terms).
I do love challenges, however, which often lead me to visual risk-taking. When I attached this new lens to the X-T2 I was heading out and shooting with this lens exclusively. There was no looking in my bag for another lens, no distractions of “the other possibilities.” My seeing was forced to search for new visuals.
Here are my first thoughts:
- It is quite a large lens. It feels uncomfortable on the X-E3 or even X-T2. I prefer an optional battery grip for the X-T2 while shooting with this lens. With the grip, it feels much more stable and comfortable.
- The build is top notch as is the case with all Fujinon XF lenses.
- It is a weather-resistant (WR) lens – perfect for our Project R-A-I-N. I have been shooting with multiple WR lenses and cameras in pouring rain and have never experienced any issue.
- The OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) works flawlessly. For someone who shoots mostly from the hand and at this focal length, the stabilization is a life-saver.
- The autofocus is quick – no problem there (hey, this is coming from a very slow photographer).
- It’s a super sharp glass – so sharp that I had to scale back my usual sharpening settings. Some even say that it could be too sharp for portraiture work. I don’t know yet. I need more time to find out.
- The micro-contrast is stunning and appears to be one notch better than other XF lenses.
- The bokeh is beautiful but not as creamy as the XF 90mm lens (very early thought – I may flip on this one later on).
Okay, enough of this wittering. Let’s focus on imagery – all taken with the X-T2 and the XF 80mm F2.8 WR OIS lens.
2017 © Olafphoto. All rights reserved.