The G.A.S. Files: Testing the Fuji XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro

This was an interesting lens purchase because I'd always wanted an actual macro lens, so I ended up getting the Fuji XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro lens.

I should digress for just a moment and talk about G.A.S.  I’d first heard the term after reading one of Damien Lovegrove’s blogs.  G.A.S. stands for Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  It’s an awful compulsion to start to acquire stuff.  It’s a want vs a need, and if you’re not careful it turns a person into someone who knows their gear more than they know how to shoot.  I better stop here before I spend too much time on the soapbox.  So back to the 60mm lens...

All of the below photos were shot wide open at f/2.4 and the X-T2's ISO and shutter were set to auto.

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The above bee stayed in place long enough for me to get this shot.  And below is a cropped version.  Sharpness is pretty decent enough to see the individual hairs on the bee.

ISO 200 60mm f/2.4 lens f/2.4 1/420sec

Here's a feather I found standing upright amongst some mulch.  The wind was blowing at the time so the top of the feather is blurring while the bottom part is anchored to the mulch.  It's an interesting effect.

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The next few shots show just how sharp the lens is.  I used the X-T2 to take these shots, and just like my 90mm f/2 experiment, it would be interesting to see how this lens works with the X-H1 since none of Fuji's prime lenses has image stabilization.

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I threw the next photo in because it's fairly sharp, but I also don't really like it because of the bright red.  Red really gets rendered as really really bright, almost like you're looking at an explosion of the color.  It makes it hard to make out some of the texture of the flower.

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The next four photos demonstrate the sharpness of the lens.  There's the image and then a cropped version showing the sharpness.

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I saw this garden statue in the neighborhood and just had to take a photo of it.  The cropped image really shows how sharp the lens is and the texture that it brings out.  I would never have thought how sharp it wold be, being an f/2.4 lens, but it did not disappoint!

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ISO 200 60mm f/2.4 lens f/2.4 1/1250sec

A lovely yellow flower.  I wish I could identify flowers.  I only know a few of them...

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And now some pinecones.

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Very sharp!  The texture was captured!

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Again, another lovely type of flower, and I have no idea what it is...  But the image is so sharp that you can see spider silk in the cropped version!

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I really enjoy using this lens for walking around.  It's small and I've used it for portraits too with some effect.  On a full frame, it would be the equivalent of a 90mm lens field of view.  Autofocus is a tad slow, but that's to be expected for a prime lens, but again, just like the 90mm f/2 lens, this one isn't made for fast action.  Fuji does have an 80mm macro.  I've not tried it, but I'm pretty satisfied with the 60mm!