Want to start. Lens Suggestion for Fuji-x system?

hey! new user here looking to start scanning w/ my Fuji X-T20 and would love some tips on an appropriate lens. keep seeing alot about Nikkor 60/2.8… so look for one of those & an adapter? is 60mm the standard focal length for this stuff?- I need it to scan 35mm & 120mm/6x6. ohh and money is a factor especially now so looking for the best i can get for the least money. cheers

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I’m also in the same situation after coming to realise that my Epson v550 flatbed scanner doesn’t cut the cake. I’m a Fujifilm XT3 shooter so will be planning on using that for digitising my negs. I’ve heard that the XF80 macro is a great lens for the job but probably over budget (it definitely is over mine) for you. How about the XF60 macro? I’ve heard its quite good but it won’t give you 1:1 macro so you will be cropping your frame for 35mm negs, probably still going to better quality than a flatbed though… I’ll watch this space to see what others suggest.

Done some more research into macro lenses for Fuji and this looks quite promising https://www.adorama.com/sart6028fx.html

Reviews have been good so far and price is also cheap in comparison to the native Fuji macro lens options.

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hi drew! yeh was put onto that via another forum, looks great but if i can get away w/ spending less i’d be happy. also was told to look at anything around 55mm-60mm… so checking older lenses now (rokkor, nikkor, canon FD etc).

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The Nikkor lenses seem very popular for copy work and you don’t need 1:1 so that opens you up to many macro lens options. Found this in another forum but thought it was useful…

The “6x7” negative size is actually 56 x 67mm.

The Fuji “APS-C” sensor size is 23.6 x 15.6 mm.

So to capture the full “6x7” frame (without cropping it to 3:2 ratio), you need a magnification ratio = 1:(67/15.6) = 1:4.3

If you instead wish to capture a 3:2 aspect ratio crop of the original negative, you need a magnification ratio = 1:(56/23.6) = 1:2.4

In either case, a 1:2 “macro” lens such as Fuji’s XF60/2.4 provides MORE THAN ENOUGH magnification.


awesome info! i actually just picked up a Micro Nikkor 55/3.5 which does 1:2 (w/ an extension ring) and was perfect for my budget atm @AUD$80… so will use that for now and see how i go. will keep you posted!!

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I suspect we are all posting on other forums. For the record, for other readers, here’s a short page I created about using the 55mm Micro-Nikkors for camera-scanning.

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I use a Micro Nikkor 60mm AF D with a standard adapter on my X-T3. The lens is super sharp and well-built. It was under $200 as well.

So far its been amazing. Vignetting tests have been near perfect at f8 and f11, no distortion, and is easy to focus. I find 60mm (90 on the fuji) is a good working distance as well.

The only issue is using the Fuji system is with Lightroom, as the ‘wormy’ effect really shows up with grainy film and looks light years better by using “enhance details”. It adds a lot of time and makes for huge file sizes but is worth it for certain files, and still looks better than Capture One or other third party demosaicing softwares I’ve tried.
Just an FYI about Fuji.

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There is also the Zeiss Touit 50/2.8 which has both AF and goes 1:1 should tou need it. More expensive than the Micro Nikkor 55/2.8 but cheaper than the fuji 80/2.8 for sure.