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