xt1 + 5 macro options help

Discussion in 'Fuji X-Mount Cameras' started by weeowee, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. weeowee

    weeowee FujiXspot Rookie

    May 17, 2014
    hi, i am planning on buying an xe2 or xt1, coming from an omdem5 with the awesome oly60mm macro im looking for something similar with fuji. what is the best option for 1:1 macro and also if ever can i have sample pictures?im happy using manual focus so af is not a factor


    A. (most expensive) fuji60mm plus the raynox to achieve a somewhat 1:1 since without it its only 1:2 around 466 dollars total.

    B. tamron 272E (other models manual ones arent available here so this is the only model i can get) with aperture ring outside) around 410 dollars with adaptor. magnification is 1:1

    c. nikon 60mm with adaptor magnification 1:1 around 350dollars

    d. nikkor micro 55 f2.8 with raynox 250 to achieve a somewhat 1:1 and adaptor around 250dollars

    e. nikkor 105 f4 with raynox 250 to achieve 1:1 and adaptor around 300 dollars

    based on these options (they are the only ones readily available and easiest to get) . im leaning towards the tamron since i had a great experience with a tamron when i was using a dslr before. macro/closeup pics i like to take are bugs and water droplets. flowers and nice plants are fun too. any help would be appreciated thanks=) (i don't like to use extension tubes)
  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Well, I traded in my Fuji 60mm when I acquired the 56mm; you are right in that AF is not a real help in the small world. For macro these days I use a 50mm f3.5 Olympus OM Macro lens, with extension tubes if necessary. The lens lives on an OM2SP when not in use, so I get the best of both worlds :) Total cost - a bit less than GBP 200...

    These may give you a flavour - shot on my X-T1 with the 50:
    Wisley RHS Gardens X-T1 Olympus 50mm Macro 3 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wisley RHS Gardens X-T1 Olympus 50mm Macro 1 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wisley RHS Gardens X-T1 Olympus 50mm Macro 4 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Wisley RHS Gardens X-T1 Olympus 50mm Macro 7 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Camelia X-T1 Olympus 50mm macro test 2 par Lightmancer, on ipernity
  3. ferrydds

    ferrydds FujiXspot Regular

    Jan 29, 2014
    Fuji xf 60 macro

    FUJI XE-2 with XF60MACRO.Used autofocus.Not 1:1,but I can live without it.
  4. weeowee

    weeowee FujiXspot Rookie

    May 17, 2014
    awesome shots=)
  5. cwolffensperger

    cwolffensperger FujiXspot Regular

    Oct 26, 2013
    Chris Wolffensperger
    I bought a B+W macro filter for the 35 1.4. This has the same diameter as the Nikon 50 1.4 D & Nikon 105 2.5 Ai. This gives a nice set to work with. Perhaps not the 'best' as in sharpest option as a dedicated lens, but a lot cheaper and it still gives spectacular results!
  6. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
    Rico Pfirstinger
    You could also get the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M for native 1:1 macro support. It's a very good lens.
  7. weeowee

    weeowee FujiXspot Rookie

    May 17, 2014
    i would like that but it's expensive=)
  8. weeowee

    weeowee FujiXspot Rookie

    May 17, 2014
    i ended up getting a good deal on a nikon 105 f2.8 1:1 macro lens with af for nikon lenses but has an aperture ring if i want to use it manually on other bodies. :) can't wait to try this, just need to buy the body. haha

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  9. f2bthere

    f2bthere FujiXspot Regular

    Jul 29, 2014
    That's a good macro lens. I look forward to hearing what body you get and how your experience with it is going. The XT1 would be significantly better for your purpose (better viewfinder for focusing, tilt-able screen, better wifi support).

    Using legacy lenses has some disadvantages: no auto focus, lens must be stopped down manually, exif data is significantly reduced, usually more bulk and weight, significantly less convenient, etc.

    With macro, auto focus is of questionable value (although it is great to have for all other distances :) and there are some significant advantages to using legacy lenses.

    You can use extension tubes or bellows safely to increase magnification without adding more lenses. The PN-11 from Nikon also adds a tripod collar which can be rotated. You can also use telecunverters in some cases. You have far more flexibility in focal length and can thus have larger working distance. You have tilt and shift options, etc.