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Digital Camera World - - CONTENTS - AN­DREW JAMES Our ex­pert photo ad­vi­sor is here to help Todor Tilev

An­drew James is here to lend a help­ing hand with all your tech­ni­cal needs, in­clud­ing macro lenses

I want to buy a macro lens for my Fu­ji­film cam­era. The best op­tion I have found is a Samyang 100mm f/2.8 lens. What do you think? Fu­ji­film macro

The Samyang 100mm f/2.8 Macro cer­tainly gives you a very good macro op­tion, Todor. It is avail­able in a Fu­ji­film mount (as well as for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olym­pus). There are a cou­ple of things you should be aware of with it. First, you’ll need to fo­cus it man­u­ally. This may not be a big is­sue for you: in many cases when shoot­ing macro, you will prob­a­bly be bet­ter fo­cus­ing man­u­ally any­way. Nor does it have any im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem; that’s not a prob­lem if it’s tri­pod-mounted but could be some­thing you’d miss when shoot­ing hand­held in less-than-ideal light­ing con­di­tions.

If you are OK with the lack of both these func­tions, the Samyang is a very good bud­get op­tion. At cur­rent UK prices, it is re­tail­ing at around £400, which is a very rea­son­able price viewed next to Fu­ji­film’s own X-se­ries macro lenses, the 60mm f/2.4 and the XF80mm f/2.8. The for­mer doesn’t give you full macro and is priced at around £580, while the lat­ter is a true macro lens with 1:1 re­pro­duc­tion, but costs over £1,000. That said, it does have op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion and of­fers a full (and silent) aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem.

If money was no ob­ject, I’d opt for the Fuji 80mm lens, but if you are op­er­at­ing on a tight bud­get and can work around the lack of AF and im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, the Samyang is worth strong con­sid­er­a­tion.

Aut­o­fo­cus is nice to have, but counts for less in macro pho­tog­ra­phy.

Fu­ji­film X-se­ries own­ers have strong choices for macro lenses.

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