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Focus On Glass: Talking Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 1:1 Macro and About the APS-C Macro Advantage over FULL FRAME


If you are one of those, who defines how good a lens is mainly on how sharp it is, then you’ll consider the XF80mmF2.8 1:1 Macro lens a fantastic lens.

It is clinically sharp and one of the best, if not the best lens in the Fujinon X system.

So let’s talk about this lens, starting from a recent¬†“focus on glass” episodes, where Fujfilm talks about the XF80mmF2.8 Macro. They say:

  • Fuji’s APS-C sensor allows to shoot 1.5 times larger macro photography than a full frame sensor
  • Fujifilm is strongly committed to APS-C
  • the 80mm maximizes the APS-C value proposition and allows user to experience macro photography without sacrifice
  • the synergy between Fujifilm color reproduction and lens technology offers a unique and unrivaled product on the market
  • uses floating focus system to obtain high image quality. New autofocus system was developed for this lens
  • fast and accurate focus
  • Since this is a marco lens, Fujifilm opted for an optical image stabilization system that suppresses shift shake
  • uses many ED lenses to minimize chromatic aberration at wide apertures
  • creates beautiful bokeh at 1:1 magnification ratio

Quite frankly, though, I think the main advantage of APS-C lenses is that you can make them smaller (and consequently cheaper) than full frame lenses. If then in certain areas they have other advantages, that’s a welcome, but minor advantage.

FYI, I’ll add also the video about the glorious XF16mm f/1.4.

  • thanks to floating focus system the XF16mmF1.4 can achieve minimum focus distance of 15cm
  • NanGI coating to reduce flare

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Focus on Glass – XF80mmF2.8 Macro and XF16mm F1.4