07 Sep XF80 vs XF90

Source: Ivan Joshua Loh

Many who are thinking of adding a lens with this focal range would wonder which is the one. Even though this two beauties are only 10mm apart, they are each definitely created with different purposes. Are we able to shoot portraits with XF80mm F2.8 Macro? It certainly can. Or can we do some macro photography XF90mm F2? It certainly can, one just have to ensure your insect needs to be big. Let me put this in perspective. XF80mm is perfect for shooting an ant. It has a 1.0X magnification factor. And if you are using a XF90mm, shoot a badass queen ant. Below are 2 set of picture to show the difference

in minimum focus distance and its effect.

Both lenses could do as the other but certainly not as well. For example XF80mm as a portrait lens. As you can see it pretty close. Base on my non scientific review; they are on par. Below are 2 pictures using both lenses and shot at F2.8.

XF80mm @ F2.8

XF90mm @F2.8


XF90mm @ F2


Except for the bokeh aspect; XF90mm will have an edge. Not that XF80mm is bad; its just that XF90mm is better in this area. If I would to shoot outdoor portraits; XF90mm will be gold standard for me.The roundness of the bokeh balls are also rounder; if that really matters to you. Once its

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