FUJIFILM 60MM F2.4 MACRO REVIEW – a Forgotten Gem!

I decided to buy the Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 macro lens when I saw some portraits on a Facebook Fujifilm group. I was amazed to see the lens details, micro-contrast, rendering, and colors.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 review
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 real world review on Fujifilm Cameras

After I bought Fujifilm 30mm f2.8 (review here) a great offer appeared for the Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 macro and I pulled the trigger.

I also shoot Leica, and I wanted a 90mm lens to make fine art street photography. But, looking at Fujifilm options I finally discovered the perfect lens for my Fujifilm X-PRO3.

Portrait of my wife with Fujifilm 60m f/2.4 macro lens on Fujifilm X-T5 / jpeg


So I decided to give a try to the Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 lens which is equivalent to a 90mm field of view on a full frame.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 mounted on Fujifilm X-T30 II

The lens arrived fast and I was anxious to shoot it. I wanted to shoot it on Fujifilm X-PRO3 for the optical and range finder experience. Still, I decided to use it on my Fujifilm X-T5 because I need it to know if the lens will perform acceptably with the new Fujifilm cameras.

So I took Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 for a spin.

The History Of Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 macro lens.

Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 macro, is one of the first Fujifilm lenses. It’s made with the same magic that goes into the Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 and the Fujifilm 18mm f2.

Lineup of the Fujifilm original lenses. From left to right: XF 60mm f/2.4 macro, XF 35mm f1.4 and XF 18mm f/2.

The recipe for the glass and rendering is consistent with all these three lenses.

So that was another important reason to buy it.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Macro Specifications That Matters

Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 macro mounted on Fujifilm X-T5 with lens hood
  • Focal Lenght – 60mm
  • Max Aperture – f/22
  • Min Aperture – f/2.4
  • Filter Size – 39mm
  • Stabilized – no
  • 35mm equivalent – 90mm
  • Angle of view – 26.6°
  • Internal focusing – no
  • Maximum magnification – 0.5x / 1:2
  • Min Focus Distance – 10.51″ / 26.7 cm
  • Lens structure – 10 elements in 8 groups (including 1 aspherical and 1 ED element)
  • Aperture Blades – 9 rounded aperture blades
  • Weight – 215g / 7.58 oz. g
  • Weather sealing – no
  • Other tidbits: it extends a lot at minimum focus distance
  • see here the product page from Fujifilm’s official site.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Macro Can Be Bought Very Cheaply

This is a lens, that you can buy on the used market at good prices. I bought it new and with 2-year warranty.

Stunning black and white results in a wide 2:1 crop

So I couldn’t refuse the offer and bought it. I paid around $250 for this brand-new lens.

Being an old lens, if you decide to buy it used, be sure to have some warranty. My copy wasn’t used. It was just an open box.

Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 Macro Image Quality

The rendering

I feel that this lens delivers even better portraits than the 56mm f1.2 original lens and probably even better than the 56mm f1.2 WR if you aren’t after 40 mega pixel resolution

Fujifilm 60m f/2.4 macro lens on Fujifilm X-T5 with my Earthy Neg Recipe using Nostalgic Neg

If you want a magic lens, the rendering of this lens for portraits is outstanding. But it’s not an f/1.2 lens, which could be problematic for a portrait shooter who wants to shoot in low light.

Candid street portrait with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 on Fujifilm X-T5 / SOOC jpeg at f/2.4

But if you use light, you will love this lens.

The pictures I made with the lens have great micro-contrast, great 3D pop, buttery smooth bokeh, and out-of-focus areas are melted smoothly.

Amazing 3D POP, sharpness and micro contrast of Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 macro lens.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.54 macro has that original Fujifilm color of the glass. It also has the bite of the 35mm f/1.4, and of the 56mm f/1.2 but with an extra whoomph to it!

The black-and-white edits with this lens are very easy because of the optical qualities of the Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4

The sharpness is very good. Of course, the lens is not resolving the 40-megapixel sensor from what I’m seeing, but it has plenty of resolution for what this lens is – a dream lens.

The optical flows

For the moment the only problem is that the lens flares, but this is why you have a great big lens hood.

Example of flare with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 using the XF 35mm f1.4 lens hood.

Build Quality And Handling

The lens is small and light. I’m amazed at how light is the lens and also the lens hood. Both are made from metal and glass.

The Aperture Ring

The aperture ring of Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 is not one of the best aperture ring I’ve seen from Fujifilm. The clicks are shy, the sound is not very audible, and its very easy to bump the aperture ring.

Also, you have an A stop, and the lens stays pretty good at the A stop. I think it’s better on the long term to use the lens with the A stop.

The focus ring

In general I don’t like to address focus ring at fly by wire lenses. But the focusing ring is very large, metal build and you have a good grip to it.

The focus ring of the 60mm f/2.4 is not loosely and I think is great for macro work.

The Lens Hood

The lens hood is a marvel piece of engineering and design. The lens hood is long as the lens, made from metal and is light as a feather.

Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 lens hood is also vented, so you can see through the lens-hood when you use a Fujifilm X-PRO camera.

The lens hood can also be mounted inverted and will cover the lens entirely and also the aperture ring (so you’ll not be able to change the aperture if you have the lens hood inverted).

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 on X-PRO3 with the lens hood inverted

The good news is that the Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 lens hood is compatible with 60mm f/2.4 so you can opt for a smaller lens hood.

How Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 is staying on Fujifilm X-T, X-PRO, X-H cameras

Because the lens is light and has a medium size to small, the balance on all Fujifilm cameras is perfect.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 mounted on X-T30 II with the lens hood inverted

On Fujifilm X-PRO3 the Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 doesn’t block the OVF with the lens hood inverted or without the lens hood.

With the lens hood mounted you have a little OVF blockage but you can see through the vented lens hood.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 on Fujifilm X-PRO3 with the lens hood mounted

To resolve any blockage you can use the lens hood from the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 but with that lens hood, you will not have a fully protection against sun flare.

Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 Autofocusing On Fujifilm X-T5

I was very scared of how the lens would focus (because it’s an old lens), and lots of people complained about the AF of this lens.

Man with hat – a crop from an horizontal image made with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4

So, I used the Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 with the best camera that Fujifilm is making right now – Fujifilm X-T5.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 AF For Street Photography Using AF-S

I tested this lens with AF-S for street photography and I’ve got good results.

Before and after jpeg left and my raw edit right. Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 macro on X-T5 at f/2.4

The field of view is a portrait field of view so the lens is suited for candid street photography, asked portraits, and fine art street photography.

Fujifilm 60 mm f/2.4 AF For Portraits Using Eye AF and AF-C

I used Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 in AF-C with a very difficult subject. A street performer that was moving all over the place, doing fire tricks.

My settings weren’t something special: AF-C activated via the Fujifilm X-T5 switch and EYE AF activated via the front Fn button

The results blow me away. The lens focused very well on the eye of the performer, and the performer was in focus, even while moving very fast. The lens performed very well in sports action movement.

Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 street perfomer, black and white raw edit.

– “Wow, I can’t believe this is true,” I said to myself.

Candid street photography portrait with Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 macro lens

Because when you search online, you’ll see lots of reports of this lens being slow, but Fujifilm X-T5, is doing miracles.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 AF For Posed Portraits

I had the chance the other day to test this lens for posed portraits with my wife. Running after the kids from there to there in the park, between breaks I was able to got some shots.

Sharp portraits with very smooth bokeh behind and in front of the subject with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4

I used the same settings and I shot using burst mode. The results are more than good!

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Auto Focus on Fujifilm X-T30 II, X-PRO3, X-T4

I also tested this lens on the Fujifilm X-T30 Mark, and the AF was still great for normal subjects.

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 it’s ideal for sreet photogrpahy when you don’t have enough reach.

Yes, in low light you are able to see that the lens will focus harder. But the good news, is that you’ll not use this lens in low light – because is just an f/2.4 lens on an APS-C sensor (so please use lights for good results).

I could have get rid more of the low contrast cause by the flare in editing, but I liked the look for this particular photo / XF 60mm f/2.4 on Fujifilm XT5

So in conclusion the AF speed in AF-S and AF-C for age of the lens and the price that I’ve paid I think is more than good!

For What To Use Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Macro Lens

I bought this lens to use it for the following reasons:

  • for product photography
  • for portraits (it’s better and nicer than Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.2
  • for fine art street photography
  • for candid portraits
  • for reflections
  • for abstract photography


The lens is a gem! I’m really glad that I’ve decided to buy it. The micro contrast, the magic rendering, the 3d POP, the smooth bokeh (because of the compression and the 9 rounded aperture blades) are great.

The black and white portraits with XF 60mm f/2.4 are stunning.

Add to this a small, light body made from full metal and glass and also add good auto-focusing with newer Fujifilm cameras like X-T5 and X-T50.

Also, add that you can use this lens on any Fujifilm X-PRO body without optical viewfinder blockage and you’ll have a dream camera for fine art photography.

At the Neflix open museum color concidenses – Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 on Fujifilm X-T5

For me, this lens is a winner. But I don’t expect users that are coming from a Sony system or are accustomed with the latest technology regarding resolution and speed to appreciate it. But if you have the eye, for sure you will like it considering the prices.

Street photography in Bucharest open streets, may 2024 with 60mm f/2.4 macro lens at f/2.4

Of course, it would be great if Fujifilm would do a new version of Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 macro keeping the size, weight and build quality.

Video Reviews

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro lens first impression review

Short PROs

  • is light like a feather (around 200 g)
  • is fully metal build
  • it renders better magic than XF 35mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.2
  • amazing 3D POP and micro contrast
  • very sharp
  • smooth bokeh
  • great for portraits and fine art
  • 0.5x macro option
  • good AF-S and AF-C with Eye AF

Short CONs

  • just an f/2.4 aperture
  • can be slow in very low light
  • very long lens hood but with amazing engineering and design
  • slow focus for macro distance

Where To Buy

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Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.5 Macro Real World Sample Images

I will show you now more images made with this lens on different Fujifilm cameras. The samples are exported from Lightroom at a smaller resolution for easy loading and web browsing.

Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 Portraits On Fujifilm X-T5

This is a crop from a jpeg – no other edit.
Street photography in Bucharest, Romania with Fujifilm X-T5 and 60mm f/2.4 at f/2.4 SOOC jpeg
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 full body shot on X-T5 at f/2.4 SOOC jpeg
I had here smooth skin week activated on Fujifilm X-T5. SOOC jpeg with 60mm f/2.4 at f/2.4
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 blows the background very nice
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 also delivers in low light situations
The bokeh of 60mm f/2.4 is ver smooth
The magic is in the air with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 – SOOC jpeg
This was a fast scene and Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 focused well and fast on X-T5
The colors, the rendering, and the bite of XF 60mm f/2.4 for portraits is very clear
Here the AF missed a little, but the micro-contrast of the Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 saves the picture
The bokeh is smooth like butter and subjects pops like crazy with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 is great for isolating subjects in crowds
Another example with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 for isolating a subject in a crowd
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro helped rich far and have the subject well defined from the background (another great point)
The same happened here and the AF of XF 60mm f/2.4 didn’t missed on Fujifilm X-T5
Street portraits with 60mm f2.4 come out great
Also, I like that full-body pictures subjects are well isolated and defined with the 60mm f/2.4 macro lens from Fujifilm
A man with a pipe / XF 60mm f2.4 on Fujifilm X-T5
Street photography in Bucharest of a group with Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 and Fujifilm X-T5
The details for portraits that Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 is resolving for portraits is insane!
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 is great for street portraits and smooth bokeh
The black and white portraits with 60mm f2.4 are great and I can’t get enough of them
Street drawing performer – 60mm Fujifilm f/2.4 on Fujifilm X-T5
60mm Fujifilm f/2.4 on Fujifilm X-T5 works great with contre-jour
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 is great for full-body shots on Fujifilm X-T5

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Street Photography Samples

60mm Fujifilm f/2.4 helps you tell stories
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro helps you get street unique street moments
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro is great for architectural details
Man showing at the screen of an TV with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro is ideal for SAUL LEITER type of shots
A busy street in Bucharest, Romania, May 2024 with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro
Getting the show ready with Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro and X-T5 jpeg
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro is also good for contextual street portraits if you have the right distance (observe that the subject is isolated on the black wall)
This lens is also great for gestures and expressions – Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro on Fujifilm X-T5 at f/2.4
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro is great for abstract street photography where you can put the subject in relation the environment
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro helps bring the elements together.
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro is very good for details and gestures

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Macro Photography With Fujifilm X-T30 II

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro pink and touch of yellow flower photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro purple rose photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro yellow rose photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro rose photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro dandelion photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro flower photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro flower photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro roses photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro roses photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro grass photography on Fujifilm X-T30II
Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 macro flower photography on Fujifilm X-T30II

Fujifilm 60mm f/2.4 Real Photography Examples With Fujifilm X-PRO3

The first is the jpeg from camera, and the second image is my final edit & crop.
Bucharest by night with Fujifilm X-PRO3 and 60mm f/2.4 macro jpeg and raw edit.
Fujifilm X-PRO3 and 60mm f/2.4 macro jpeg from the camera with my Ilford recipe.
Fujifilm X-PRO3 and 60mm f/2.4 macro jpeg with no edit
Bucharest street scene with Fujifilm 60mm macro
Bucharest street scene with Fujifilm 60mm macro
A corner of light with Fujifilm 60mm macro – inspired from Fan Ho photogrpahy.
Play of light and shadows with Fujifilm 60mm macro
Portrait with Fujifilm 60mm macro and Fujifilm X-PRO3 jpeg in camera
Fujifilm 60mm macro street photography with X-PRO3
Fujifilm 60mm macro is great for fine art photography because it has a long rich (around 91mm focal length in full frame)

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