First Impressions: Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro (Sample Images Included)

The Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is a lens that seems really interesting. It’s one of Fujifilm’s largest prime lenses, and though it doesn’t sport as wide of an aperture as the 90mm f2, it has lots of features like close focusing abilities. Due to this feature alone, it may be an attractive option not only for shooting macro photos but also as a portrait focal length. When used with the latest camera options from Fujifilm, it’s a lens that offers pretty fast focusing abilities in addition to a fully weather sealed package.

Tech Specs

Specs taken from our original news post

  • FUJIFILM X Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-sealed at eleven points around the barrel for weather and dust resistance; operates as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit / -10 degrees Celsius
  • 16 lens elements in 12 groups including one aspherical ED lens, one Super ED lens and three ED lenses
  • Uses Floating Focus System for improved AF
  • Optical Image Stabilization system achieves 5-stop image stabilization
  • Focus lens is driven by a linear motor for fast and near-silent autofocus performance
  • Fluorine coating applied to front lens elements for improved durability
  • Compatible with XF1.4x and XF2.0x teleconverters

This new 80mm lens will be available from Fujifilm starting in November of 2017 and will be retailing for $1199.95. Stay tuned and we will have pre-order links as soon as they are available.

Ergonomics

The Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is a pretty long lens that on any Fujifilm body feels a bit unbalanced due to its size. But with that said, there are a lot of controls on this lens. There is a focus limiter and OIS built in, and so those switches are near the lens mount.

Of course, the Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro has the token aperture ring that the system has always used. Then there is the focusing ring I’m very confident few photographers will actually use.

Otherwise, there isn’t a whole lot to the Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro. It has a pretty simple interface.

Build Quality

The Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro has weather sealing built in. Considering that I’ve taken Fujifilm’s cameras and many of their lenses out into the rain with no problems before, I’m not worried about the build quality of the 80mm f2.8. But with that said, it’s a very big, long lens. It looks larger than many options from the GFX lens lineup.

Ease of Use

The best way to use the Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is to simply just set it to autofocus and work with it that way. The lens will focus quickly in good lighting and will focus very closely.

Autofocus

In the good lighting that I tested the Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro out in, the autofocus was speedy. Even at the macro ranges, it didn’t really suffer. However, consider the fact that this lens focuses from the closest out to the furthest focusing distance without very much of a problem and without any major lag. That’s pretty impressive.

Image Quality

The Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro that we played with is a prototype. However, the bokeh and sharpness are all very good.

Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro First Impressions

While I’m still a bit confused about the Fujifilm 80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro and where it exactly stands in the Fujifilm lens lineup, I’m very satisfied with its image quality. Perhaps more time with the lens will change my mind.