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    Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    Any recommendations? I've been reading that some have had good results with the extension tube attached to the GF 32-64 lens.
    I'm also not opposed to using adapted lenses. Heard mixed reviews of the native GF macro lens.

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    There’s always the Contax 645 120 macro. IIRC, It goes to 1-1. There is a GF adapter. I’ve had no problems with the Fuji GF 120, though.

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    Quote Originally Posted by MGrayson View Post
    There’s always the Contax 645 120 macro. IIRC, It goes to 1-1. There is a GF adapter. I’ve had no problems with the Fuji GF 120, though.

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    Do you use your Fuji 120 with the extension tube?

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    Best lens? Very subjective however I'll share what I've found works for me using a trio of GFX bodies.

    I began shooting waterdrops with a GFX50S then moved to the 100. I sold the 50S shortly after then decided to get a 50R since it was too good to pass up.

    All my waterdrops are captured using a GF120 with and without the extenders.

    So, my vote goes for the GF120...



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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    That is very impressive
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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    As it was pointed out, these samples were with the 100. I've not yet shot the 50R however based on past experiences with the 50S I see no issues.

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    I have a GFX 50R. I also have the Pentax 645 120mm f4 lens, which is quite good. It is a manual focus lens, with physical f stop ring and goes to 1:1, and is easy to adapt to the GFX. In fact the adapter I have has a nice tripod collar built into it. They are also very reasonably priced on the used market, The manual focus is buttery smooth.
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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    Quote Originally Posted by gurtch View Post
    I have a GFX 50R. I also have the Pentax 645 120mm f4 lens, which is quite good. It is a manual focus lens, with physical f stop ring and goes to 1:1, and is easy to adapt to the GFX. In fact the adapter I have has a nice tripod collar built into it. They are also very reasonably priced on the used market, The manual focus is buttery smooth.
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    I have the GF 120, Contax 120, and Pentax 120 macros. I agree that the Pentax is beautifully smooth to use - my best macros were taken with it years ago - but its color fringing is quite noticeable compared to the Contax and the Fuji. (I might have noticed that wide open. I can test it again.) But the Pentax is just silly inexpensive, and one should have a copy just in case.

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    OK! Way too many pictures incoming! Three 120 macros! Two MF cameras!

    This post is dedicated to the Pentax 645 120. It's a 1:1 macro that is a screaming bargain.

    We start @f/4 mounted on the GFX 100



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    Same @f/8



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    And @f/16



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    So pretty good once you get away from wide open.

    To be continued...

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    Now the Contax 120, also a 1:1 zoom @ f/4 mounted on the GFX 100



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    Less fringing, but not perfect. But Damn! We can't stop it down on with my adapter!

    Leica S(007) to the rescue. Once again, f/4.



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    Now you see more fringing - probably because I was focused on the letters when it was mounted on the Fuji. Or it works better with the Fuji. Or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .

    Now @f/8



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    And @f/16



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    Next up, the 1:2 Macros...

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    While we have the Leica S mounted, here's its native 120/2.5 macro. It's a 1:2 macro (magnification 0.5, in case I wrote that backwards). To get pictures like the 1:1 lenses, we crop 50%.

    Leica S(007) with S120 macro @ f/4



    and crop (now only 800 pixels wide - a mere 37.5 MP sensor... y'know, that was once a lot. )



    @f/8



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    And @f/16



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    One of the all-time great lenses, IMHO.

    Next .. The GFX 100 and its native 120/4 macro.
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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    Aaaand back to the GFX 100 with the GF 120/4 macro - also a 1:2 (0.5 magnification)

    First @f/4



    Crop (not much wider than the Leica crops, as the square root of 102/37.5 is ... )



    Now @f/8



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    And @f/16



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    And, as a bonus, here is a 39 shot stack of f/16 shots with the new auto stacking on the GFX 100. Sorry if that's



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    That's it!

    Best,

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    MGrayson: Thanks for the hard work and effort you put into this, Very helpful.
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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    I am going to reshoot the Leica S images. I did not use Live View manual focusing and feel that the lenses don't show themselves best. Mind you, all four are superb from f/8 on.

    This time I carefully focused on the leading edge of the coin. First the Contax Zeiss 120/4 APO-Macro on Leica S(007).

    Here's the working distance for a 1:1 120 macro:



    Crops only

    f/4



    f/8



    f/16




    And now the Leica S-120/2.5 macro. First, working distance for a 1:2 120 macro:



    And since the Leica goes to 2.5, here it is wide open

    f/2.5 Not to get into an equivalence war, but the DoF is larger at 1:2, this is also a tighter crop (by a factor of 2, amazingly enough!)



    f/4



    f/8



    f/16



    Once again, unless you plan to shoot macros wide open, any of these lenses will do fabulously. My recommendation is still to get a Pentax 645 120/4, and then if you want the automation capabilities for focus stacks, the GF 120/4 (not sure if that feature is on the GFX 50R yet which is, after all, what the OP asked about.)

    No more coin shots, I hope!

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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    This is shot on a Pentax 645D with the Pentax 645 A 120mm Macro--the old manual focus version.











    Personally, I have never seen a medium-format 120mm f/4 macro lens I did not like. There is just something special about them.
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    Re: Best Macro Lens for GFX50R

    Love the Dandelion, Will.

    Here are a few of my old Pentax 645 120/4 macros on the Sony A7II. Limited focus stack - didn't want everything in focus. With such a smooth manual focus, I just turned the barrel the same amount between shots. It was easy to do a manual focus stack!



    Single frame showing off the bokeh.



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