This is the only must have macro lens for Fuji X Mount. This is also a must have Zeiss lens for Fuji X Mount. Ever since I owned a Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro Planar, I am addicted to how a Zeiss glass renders colors.
It produces warmer and more realistic presentation of what I see from my own eyes. The micro details are also cannot be matched, even by a superb Fuji glass.
Bokeh is silky smooth but a longer focal length will probably produce creamier bokeh.
I’m not sure if Zeiss will ever produce another Touit for Fuji X, the sales are not that great from what I have seen. A lot of people buy Fuji X cameras as their first interchangeable lens cameras. They tend not to upgrade to better lenses. Other Touits like the 12mm and 32mm do not offer significant optical advantage over their Fuji counterparts. In fact, I prefer Fuji 14mm to Zeiss 12mm. Fuji has been producing classic prime focal lengths. And they don’t show any signs of slowing down. There are two more fast primes coming soon, 16mm f/1.4 and 90mm f/2. A good thing for consumers.
AF speed is more than adequate for a true macro lens. Tell me one macro lens that focuses fast. The focus travels more distance than normal lens, that is why it’s never going to be as fast as normal prime lens. Even a wide aperture prime lens (e.g: f/1.2 or f/1.4) won’t have the kind of speed you can enjoy with f/2.8 lenses.
I understand why Zeiss decided to choose very high quality plastic body over metal like Fuji XF lenses. It is robust but still light and feels right when mounted on Fuji X cameras. Yes, the rubber ring attracts dust but it’s not as bad as you might think. The focusing ring actually feels better than any Fuji lenses. For the price, I was hoping to get all metal construction. But after seeing what it can produce, I feel my money is well spent.
If you need a macro lens, get this lens. If you absolutely don’t need a 1:1 macro capability but you need 50ish focal length, get the Fuji 56mm f/1.2. It is also a superb lens.