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how is the 50mm macro?
I just picked up the macro yesterday on my lunch break. I haven't had time to run it through its paces, but here's what I've noticed from the short time I've played with it:
- The build of the lens feels quite solid. Not quite comparable to the ZF/ZE line of lenses where the lens felt like a little tank in your hand, but more of a small, but dense and and tightly working unit. I really like the feel of it.
- The rubber grip kind of threw me off a bit since this is my first Touit lens. The rubber has a nice smoothness to it while maintaining a "catchy" grip. It's a nice texture, and doesn't feel cheap.
- I have it paired with my X-T1 and battery grip. With the grip, the lens feels well balanced and easy to support when holding in landscape and portrait orientations. I've yet to remove the grip, but my feeling is that it will feel front (lens) heavy without it (the grip).
- The lens hood is plastic, but rather thick. It doesn't feel cheap. I just wish the lettering on the hood (and lens too) faced upward as opposed to on the bottom when mounted. It definitely makes the lens look much larger with it on.
- The lens cap is a major step forward from their ZE/ZF lens caps. I've owned many ZE lenses, and this is the first time that I will be using the zeiss lens cap. For my Canon Zeiss I would replace the lens cap with a Nikon one (haha) as I felt Nikon's lens caps were better than even Canon's caps.
- Rear lens cap is simple, but I might replace it with a Fuji brand x-mount rear cap. The Zeiss cap sort of feels "loose".
- There isn't a distance scale on the lens. This might bother some people, but for my macro use I'd never miss it since I rarely use the distance scales on AF lenses. For manual focusing, what you see in the EVF is what you get and since the MF mechanism is electronic (fly by wire), you can't be hasty when manual focusing.
The auto focus isn't going to win any awards and even has a slight pause when the EVF is zoomed in when half pressing the shutter to focus. It feels like a second pause before focus snaps. Doesn't bother me as this won't be used for BIF or tiny toddlers running circle around kitchen tables (lol).
I was VERY impressed with the MFD of this lens. I was so close to my subject, that I felt as if I sneezed or had a light cough, the lens would touch as I was around an inch or two away. This is a great way of intimidating your subject!
I haven't uploaded any of my brief captures yet, so I don't have any comments on color, sharpness, OOF areas and the like. I've read that CA and distortion are VERY well controlled though.