When I purchased the Fuji xt 10 Fuji did not have a very huge selection of lenses available for purchase. Not that they still do compared to Canon and Nikon but they’ve released some excellent lenses since. When I finally decided I was going to purchase the Fuji xt 10 I bought the kit with the Fujinon 18 to 55 as it was a little less expensive than the other option. I also purchased the Fujinon 55 – 200 f3.5 – 4.8. I was using the 55 – 200 as a portrait lens as it offered a more telephoto and compressed look for portraiture than the 18 to 55 did. After watching a review by Ken Wheeler a.k.a. The Angry Photographer I decided to purchase the Fujinon 60mm f2.4 macro for a number of reasons. Side note, so far I’ve found Ken to be 100% accurate on all of his lens reviews on the Fuji lenses, and a few others, that I own. Since purchasing the 60mm that was my go to lens for portraiture. I also like how it’s a macro lens so it can be used for multiple purposes. I did the following to test shots at f2.4. I was pretty close to these subjects when the photograph was taken.
Recently, before a shoot, I thought about the idea that maybe the 55 – 200 would offer a “better” look for portraiture, but since I had been using the 60mm as my go to lens I just went with that option. I ended up doing a test shoot between the two lenses to see which I would most prefer for portraiture.
There are four different variables when factoring in depth of field (DOF). The first, and probably the most well known, is the aperture. The larger the aperture the less DOF, the smaller the aperture the more depth of field. The second is focal length. The shorter the focal length the more DOF and the longer the focal length the less DOF. The last two variables are camera to subject distance and subject to background distance.
For this test I wanted to see which lens would give me the best bokeh, or most shallow, out of focus, look I was going for. Since I would be dealing with two different focal lengths and two different f stops, f2.4 on the 60mm and f4.8 on the 55 – 200mm, I knew I was going to have to keep my camera to subject and subject to background distance relatively the same for each shot. I kept the camera in aperture priority mode and because of the light available I kept the ISO at either 400 or 800 as I needed a little faster of a shutter speed when shooting with the 55 – 200 even though optical image stabilization (OIS) was on. Below are the results…
After doing these comparisons I noticed that the two lenses do offer different looks. While the 60mm seems to have provided a little more “bokeh bubbles” (noticeably in the first comparison) in some shots, the 55 – 200 produces a very soft “creamy” out of focus look that I actually like better for my portrait photography. Obviously space will have to be considers as more room would be needed with the longer telephoto lens than with the 60mm. This test proved to me that the wider aperture does not necessarily always give the most shallow and out of focus look some may want. Focal length does play an important role.