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Convince me why I should get the 80mm macro lens

Discussion in 'Native X-Mount Lens Forum' started by GreenGuy33, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. GreenGuy33

    GreenGuy33 Premium Member

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    I shoot mostly flower, plant and other close-up photography. I have the 60mm, 90mm and 11 + 16mm macro converters, plus Lensbaby 56 and 85mm Velvet lenses.
    Those who have the 80mm macro lens, can you describe what you love about the lens and provide images?

    Thanks!
     
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    Umm...I guess you missed the thread:

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    If that doesn't persuade you, nothing will ;).
     
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    Umm...I guess you missed the thread:

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    If that doesn't persuade you, nothing will ;).
     
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    You do not need it. Not for flowers and plants.
     
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    It is a spectacularly sharp lens with fast and accurate AF.

    But it is expensive. And quite big and heavy.

    But it takes the TC1.4 and TC2 if you are that way inclined.

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    If you have to be "convinced" to get it then you probably shouldn't get it!
     
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    Exactly right.
     
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    I must say I was very tempted by it (and still am), but the truth is I don't shoot Macro - I shoot close up. This makes the 60 mm with extension tubes more than adequate for what I do. However looking at the thread mentioned above the images that are produced are VERY nice. I can see it is a magnificent lens. It definitely peaks my GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). However logic maintains $1200 for close ups that I am already doing is just too much.
     
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    Lumens, I feel the same way that you do. The 80mm lens peaks my GAS, but I am thinking that my 60mm, 90mm, extension tubes, as well as my Lensbaby lenses are all I need.
     
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    How do you find the Lensbaby with the Fuji?

    I have the Velvet 85 for Nikon and enjoy using it handheld. I often think about getting one for the Fuji but feel it maybe more suited to tripod use due to lag with the display and the lens being manual focus.

    One of the issues I find using the 80mm with the Fuji handheld is trying to capture moving subjects. The lag can make the results a bit hit & miss. The reason I bought the 80mm is I'd like to start using it for fungi this season, which is 99+% on a tripod.
     
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    Well I have the 60mm, tubes, Raynox add-on lens but having the 80mm is a much better combination for all things.
    As yet it hasnt usurped the 56mm f1.2 as my go to portrait lens but I am convinced it will.

    Just get one, you know you deserve it!
     
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    :)
    Lumens, I feel the same way that you do. The 80mm lens peaks my GAS, but I am thinking that my 60mm, 90mm, extension tubes, as well as my Lensbaby lenses are all I need.
     
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    I like the Velvet 85 for those flowers that are further away. I shoot nearly everything on a tripod.
     
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    In which case the 80mm with OiS seems to add little value only weight especially if you have the 60mm and 90mm already.
     
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    After trying to photograph the inside of a calla lily with my 60mm macro with 11 + 16mm tubes, I went online and purchased the 80mm macro lens. The 60mm with extension tubes just doesn't cut it. I realize that I do need a 1:1 ratio macro lens.
     
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    Nice photos taken with the 80mm macro lens!
     

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