Recently I had the opportunity to test drive Fujifilm's new 80 mm macro lens. The Tulip Festival was just getting underway here in Ottawa. It is an annual celebration starting way back in 1945 when the Dutch Royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs as a gesture of thanks for having provided a safe haven for the future Queen and her family during the second world war.
Every May there are millions of tulips blossoming throughout the capital and so Fujifilm Canada was kind enough to lend me their lens for the festival.
When the lens arrived it, I found it a bit larger and heavier than my other prime lenses but it was nothing unmanageable. I apologize for not having taken any pictures of it which seems to be the thing to do for a lens review, however, I am usually more excited about what a lens can do rather than what it looks like. It is quite the capable lens with a fast aperture of 2.8 rendering beautiful bokeh, image stabilization and weather sealed.
I rushed outside as it had just rained and tulips look great with water glistening on them. This picture happens to be my favourite.
I had heard that there were a few complaints about a 'clunking' noise in the lens and to be honest I didn't really notice it until I thought about it. It only happens when the camera is turned off and some of the glass elements shift in the barrel of the lens. As soon as you turn on the camera it stops.
I found that in good light the lens will focus rather quickly but it will hunt around a bit if the light isn't great or if there isn't much in the way of contrast.
I probably won't be investing in this lens because I just don't seem to do enough macro photography to justify it.
However, if you are into Macro photography then you won't go wrong with having this lens in your kit.
And it would probably be an awesome lens for portrait photography.