I think I learned my lesson of walking around for hours in the cold yesterday that I decided to stay in today. But, that turned out well as I was able to play around with my new 60mm macro from Fuji. I've had it for over a week now, but hadn't really had a chance to use it. So, I grabbed a couple things about the house and took a few photos.
I had a small asian style cup around and some jelly beans. Figured they'd make good subjects and food.
The first photo is a sort of closeup while this next one is a macro. The 60mm lens is not a "true" macro as it doesn't get to 1 to 1 ratio, but it does get close enough. Because it doesn't get that shallow I actually had no problem setting the camera (X-E2) to macro mode and using autofocus. With my Nikons I tended to stick with just manual focus as you could get much closer.
This is close to the closest you can get. Not bad at all!
Here's a different angle. Mouth watering yet?
Please note that all of these were shot under f8 as I wanted accentuate the depth of field.
I also had a nut blend laying around. These are a little larger, but figured they'd make good subjects as well.
Notice how the background just fades away. The cup is probably a good 12 inches behind the nuts.
Thoughts on the 60mm macro from Fuji:
- I like it a lot. Its sharp, contrasty, focuses quickly for macro work when you set the camera to macro mode. This tells the camera its looking to focus closely. When not in this mode it will travel the whole focusing range which can really slow it down.
- The build quality is fantastic. Its metal, has the aperture controls on it and a large focusing ring as well.
- Its a little larger than the 18-55mm, only slightly, but has a much larger lens hood.
- For a prime lens f2.4 is not the fastest, but it does produce some fantastic bokeh.
- If you're looking for a great portrait lens and macro lens this is the one to buy.
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