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Jun 02

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro R LM OIS WR

Conclusion

Pros

  • Solid construciton with well damped focus ring
  • Fast autofocus in good light
  • Very sharp across the frame at any aperture and focus distance
  • Bokeh is very nice at closer focus distances and still reasonably good at further distances
  • Zero distortion
  • Low chromatic aberration
  • Excellent color and contrast
  • Effective image stabilizer

Cons

  • Autofocus slows down considerably in dim light
  • Bokeh can get a bit chunky at medium focus distances, with pronounced onion ring highlights
  • Aperture ring could use stronger detents

The Fuji 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is an outstanding addition to the Fuji XF lens lineup.  It’s a solidly built lens with good autofucus, excellent sharpness, good bokeh for the most part, and extremely low distortion and chromatic aberration.  The bokeh isn’t perfect at moderate distances, but that’s about the only optical knock I can really give the lens, and even then it’s still pretty good. The autofocus is good overall, but could be speedier in dimmer light, as it slows down considerably as light levels drop.

The lens is a bit large and heavy, but that’s not uncommon for 1:1 macro lenses.  If you are using one of the smaller Fuji bodies, you will likely want to get one of the accessory grips to enable better handling with the lens.

Still, there’s very little to complain about with the Fuji 80mm f/2.8 Macro. At $1049, the lens is priced as a premium macro lens, and it delivers in nearly every way possible. If you need a 1:1 macro lens for your Fuji kit, it’s well worth the addition to your bag.

Image Samples

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Dandelion Seed – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/8

Bubbles – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/2.8

Butterfly Cape – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/4

Purple Flowers – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/5

Butterfly – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/4

Flower Flamingo – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/2.8

Japanese Garden – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/2.8

Butterfly – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/8

Franklin Park Conservatory – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/5.6

Tulips – Stan Hywet Hall – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/2.8

Twin Butterflies – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/5.6

Blue Flowers – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/2.8

Blossom – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/4

Yellow – Fujifilm X-T20 with Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro @ f/16

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Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

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