X-Pro1 Diaries: On Queen Street with the XF 60mm f/2.4 R
OK, I gave in and finally bought the last piece of the puzzle, the XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro short telephoto/macro lens for my X-Pro1. With this purchase, also comes my tacit admission that manual focussing just isn’t for me. I was hoping to use my Leica 50mm Summicron with the Kipon adaptor as my short telephoto lens equivalent but I admit I have been spoilt by AF over the years, and MF just doesn’t happen fast enough for me to be usable in unpredictable situations, especially coupled with the fact that unless a gun was pointed to my head, I would typically be shooting wide open, which pretty much rules out zone focussing. I admit, manual focussing works for some people, and some people actually enjoy it, but for me, it spoils my flow. Now, the XF 60mm has a reputation of having the slowest AF of the current Fuji X mount stable, that is like saying someone is the slowest in a class of slowcoaches, but any AF is better than no AF as far as I’m concerned, and the good thing is, the XF 60mm is also renowned for being the best optical performer of the X lenses. Slow and steady wins the race they say! I find the AF speed on the slow side but still acceptable in decent light (I haven’t yet tried it extensively in low light), and since I upgraded the firmware the moment I bought the lens, I’ve never heard a chirp out of this lens.
More pictures to follow in the days ahead!