Well, I was a very lucky girl at Christmas and look what Santa left me.
Did you guess it was a macro lens? This is the Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens.
I suppose the photos in the post are a big hint.
In the last year or so I had been loaned this lens a couple of times from Fujifilm so I was able to try it out. I knew I wanted it, but couldn’t justify it. I have the Nikon Macro and Nikon cameras to use it on. Was it worth buying a macro for the Fujifilm?
My husband kept saying why do you keep asking you know you will end up with it. I could have had it a while ago, but kept putting it off. However, when it came time to get something for Christmas I couldn’t think of anything, so I ended up saying okay I will have the macro lens now. It is rather expensive, so it is also my birthday present which is at the end of the week. One of the few times in my life I haven’t minded getting one present for both Christmas and my birthday.
I have already shown you some photos taken with it, remember the last Silent Sunday post?
I’ve been going out into the garden and taking photos with it. The weather hasn’t been fantastic for gardens so far this summer, but slowly things are starting to appear.
Here are a few flowers from out there.
There is a button on the side of the lens for you to work out the distance that you are taking photos from. I probably haven’t said that very well.
Look, I went out to take some photos and I noticed when I was up close I could focus on the flower, but if I stepped back it wouldn’t focus. The lens also wouldn’t focus on anything in the distance.
Initially, I thought, there was something wrong with the lens. I sent off a message to my friend at Fujifilm. Then I had a think and thought perhaps I should take a look a the lens, and see if there is something there. Well, there was. I noticed a button or slider on it. There are three settings for you to use depending on how far away you are from your subject. I felt so relieved that something wasn’t wrong with the lens.
One thing I have been taking lots of photos of is something that has grown in my garden. Let me show you.
I’m not going to tell you what they are, but I would love to hear what you think they are. So what do you think?
I love them. I will give the answer in my next post.
What do you think of my Christmas and Birthday present? It is one of the best presents I’ve had and definitely much better than some presents I’ve had over the years.
You probably already guessed that I will be doing lots of macro and close up flowers this year. I am constantly planting new flowers in the garden for this reason. I have so many different bits of to try with flower photography as well.
Now that everything is for the Fujifilm I need to start thinking what to do with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 and my macro lens for the Nikon. It might be time to put them up for sale.