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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.