Possible answer…….. Time will tell…..
When Fuji announced plans to cancel the 120mm Macro lens and replace it with a 80mm f 2.8, I was very disappointed. I do a lot of close-up work and I’m totally committed to the Fujifilm X-System. I love the 60 macro, but really wanted something with more reach and better working distance. I had a Nikon 200mm Micro Nikkor autofocus lens , which was incredibly sharp but big and bulky and just didn’t seem to fit the Fuji mind set that well. A friend asked if I would sell it and if it had been anyone else I might not have let it go, but she needed it and I was not using so it is now gone. Knowing Fuji was bringing a 120mm Macro which would’ve have been the equivalent of a 180mm, I was going to be fine. Well, things change.
Back in the 70’s and 80’s Nikon had a manual focus Micro Nikkor that was pretty nice. It was smaller, lighter and had internal focus so it is very smooth and easy to focus (I use manual focused of all my macro work anyway). The issue is finding one today that is in good shape and has the removable tripod collar. Many people removed them and lost them and you see this lens from time to time without the collar, which for me would be useless. I always lock my camera down a tripod or other support for doing closeup work.
I decided to start hunting for a good one and it took a while. A few weeks ago I checked eBay again and found a Excellent +++ rated one in Japan, it was exactly what I wanted. I took a chance and ordered it and it arrive a week ago, and it is perfect, just like new!!!! I paid $300. which is very reasonable for one of these in this kind of condition. It will give me the long macro lens I am missing!!! Is it as sharp as the 200mm Micro Nikkor AF model? No, but it is not very far behind and more than usable for my needs! A big plus is that it takes 52mm filters and I have, the old long discontinued, 3T and 4T diopters which allow this lens to go to much greater than life size!!! Here are a few sample images shot around my office with it!
This image of a Kansas State Troopers patch and pen, ( a gift from my dear buddy and former Kansas State Trooper and wonderful photographer, Ken Metz.), shows just how sharp it is, the focus point is on the left hand side of the pen’s star at f11, very shallow depth).
The colored pencils are shot at f 16 and the focus point is the green pencil at mid right frame!
The Shure logo on my desktop decoration, a Shure 55SH Series II microphone that reminds of me of all the great singers that have lived with this microphone pulled over close as they belted out some of the great songs of all time! Shallow depth at f8 but the S logo is tack sharp!
Time will tell if this will be a good workable solution, and I’m sure I will love the 80mm Macro coming from Fujifilm next year, but I sure wish they had stayed with the 120mm first planned!! To be honest I hate to complain about anything they do since I love my X PRO2s (2) and my X-T2, X-T1 and all the great lenses! As I said, time will tell, but I think I’m off to a good start with this old classic, blast from the past, kinda like me!
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