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Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Questions thread
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Re: Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?
In reply to wyldberi, Mar 14, 2014

Thank you thank you thank you!!! This is so helpful. Now I know exactly how to set up Raynox with my lens. One more question: again according to the website, 250 is for "experienced macro photographers", while 5320 and 150 are for "all photographers". Since I am new to this, will 150 be better for me? I don't exactly want to spend so much on 5320 (someone posted some great pictures with the setup of 18-55 and 5320).

Anyway, I will wait till I get the 60mm and go from there.

wyldberi wrote:

The 60mm lens can also be used as a short telephoto lens. I know people who have been using this lens to take portraits, and they swear by it for that use. But the 60mm is optimized to be used as a macro lens, and that involves the focus mechanism that can be adjusted in very small increments. This slows the AF function down, but macro photography traditionally relies on a manual focus technique. But for some reason(s) I don't know, Fuji limited the use of the 60mm by restricting it to a 2:1 magnification ratio, where classic macro lenses are designed to provide a 1:1 factor.

I don't own the 60mm lens yet. But at the discounted price currently in effect, I'm seriously considering doing so.

The Raynox adaptor is a compound lens element used for magnifying images a lens records. It is superior to the simple diopter filters sold by Tiffen and Hoya. It resembles a telescope eyepiece. Like regular photographic lenses, the front bezel is threaded to accept standard filters; that thread size is 49mm. Unlike a photographic lens, instead of a mounting flange, the back end of the barrel is threaded at 43mm. This screws into the universal adaptor/holder; though I'm wondering if you might be able to screw it directly onto a lens with the appropriate filter thread size without using the universal adaptor.

The universal adaptor is made of plastic. It works in a similar fashion to standard front lens caps: squeeze the pinch mechanism to retract the locking mechanism and fit the adaptor into place; release the pinch mechanism, and the spring forces the two gripping tabs to engage the threaded filter ring on the lens. This mechanism will work with anything between 52mm and 67mm.

To use the universal adaptor on the 60mm Fuji lens, you'll need to install a 39mm to 58mm, or 39mm to 62mm filter step up ring on the lens. These two sizes would match the 18-55mm & 55-200mm zoom lenses, to permit you to use the polarizer or neutral density filters for those lenses with your 60mm lens as well.

I'm thinking I might just buy an extra 43mm step of ring and forego the plastic universal adaptor.

Raynox states the best results are obtained at the lens' longest focal length. I assume this refers to using the magnification lens on a zoom lens. I bought that with the intention of carrying it around for use with my 27mm pancake lens. I've seen photo examples of it used with this lens, and the results were impressive for a macro lens setup that cost me less than $300. For the 60mm lens, I can't believe the results would be any less impressive.

The lens also comes with really funky front and rear "lens caps." If you buy it, you might want to buy a good standard 49mm front lens pinch cap, and a 43mm filter "stack cap."

I bought my Ranox from Lensmate.com. It was considerably less expensive there than at B&H Photo or any other internet retailer I'm aware of.

And I'm going to repeat my encouragement to order the 27mm lens while it's on sale, especially if you decide not to get the 23mm at this time. Other lens sales will come eventually, but the $250 discount may not be repeated. Then again, Fuji may drop the price on the Chinese made 27mm lens permanently, but most likely to something like $350, if they do.

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