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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 80 mm f/2.8 LM OIS WR Macro

14 December 2017
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary



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Pros

  • solid, sealed casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • negligible spherical aberration,
  • imperceptible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • invisible distortion,
  • sensational coma correction,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • noiseless, very quick and very accurate autofocus,
  • efficient image stabilization.

Cons:

  • significant vignetting on RAW files.
Producing very big lenses is always a risk. A potential user is able to accept bigger physical dimensions and weight in a given class of equipment, checking them undoubtedly before the purchase, but they also have to be aware what they get in return. Most of users will assume that a bigger lens means no compromises when it comes to optics and mechanics so they expect a superior device with an excellent performance. Every slip-up in such a case might mean a failure. If you launch a big lens on the market you must do your utmost to make it an excellent instrument in every respect.

Was the Fujifilm company successful facing such a difficult task? Definitely yes. The Fujinon XF 80 mm f/2.8 LM OIS WR Macro is a very sharp lens with an excellent autofocus unit and very efficient image stabilization. In experienced hands it will perform admirably, never letting its owner down.

Usually, when after our test a lens has a long list of pros and just one flaw I award it our „Editor’s Choice” badge. Still, although the tested Fujinon came very close to that distinction, I won’t do it in this case. With such significant dimensions of the lens, I think its huge vignetting level is a serious flaw. There were also several issues which don’t exactly fit the list of cons but they spoilt the overall image nevertheless. The lens should have had a smaller resolution difference between the centre and the edge of the frame (a typical and desirable effect in the case of a macro device) and performed against bright light a tad better. It would be also nice if it didn’t rattle. As you see it was a close thing but the lens fell a bit short of expectations.