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Balanced budget prime kit

Discussion in 'Native X-Mount Lens Forum' started by mrmrhill, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. mrmrhill

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    so I have the 18mm f2 and the 23mm f2 which I think are too close. I can swap my 23mm for a 35mm f2 or a 60mm. What would anybody’s advice be. Will I miss the 23mm and what would your 3 lens budget prime set up be? I’ll defo keep the 18mm I like wide angles and love how compact it is
     
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    No, they are not too close. Even 23 & 35 are totally different lenses. I do not know, what do you shoot, but I know, I can not live without those two lenses.
    They are like a left & right arms to me.
    When comes to short telephoto lens, unless you really shoot macro a lot, XF 50/2 is more useful lens.
    But, I personally prefer IQ from XF 60/2.4. If you can live with very slow AF, plus you get macro, then this the one is to go for.
     
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    @YogiMik is right that they are different, but I personally prefer a slightly larger spread for general use or I will have too many lenses :). I also agree with the comparison he makes of the 50/2 and the 60/2.4...a set of well-made points. Also, the 60 gets substantially longer and shorter when focusing, which can be distracting if your subjects are people.

    I like the 18/2 with the 35/1.4 as a pair.

    There are plenty of posts comparing the 35/1.4 and the 35/2. On the used market, the price is frequently not that far apart. Size and weight are surprisingly close given the full stop of difference.
     
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    I have four primes: 14/2.8, 23/2, 50/2, and 90/2.

    With your preference for the 18, I'd probably add the 35 and either the 60 or 90 (depending on size and weight preferences, and budget).

    Everyone has their own focal length preference. You really can't go wrong with any Fuji prime. I prefer the smaller weight and size of the f/2 versions.
     
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    My small "3 lens prime kit" is still the original three... 18-35-60... one lens mounted and the other two in a very small pouch along with a couple of extra batteries... 23 is not wide enough for me, and 50 is not long enough.
     
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    Instead of thinking about focal lengths, you might want to try thinking about your lenses as playing roles in your photography. For example, the 35mm f/1.4 lens is my family portrait lens (street and events as well). The 23mm f/2 lens is the first lens I reach for when I travel, it's my environmental portrait lens and I use it for a general wide angle. The 18mm is my street and get close lens, but for me this lens exists on a Ricoh GR. These lenses can seem close in just looking at the numbers, but it is how you use them that really separates their utility. Thinking about your lenses as having roles often simplifies the self imposed quandary of which lens to take on a particular outing.

    On a technical note, the Fuji 23mm f/2 lens actually shoots more like a 21mm lens. In a side by side comparison of the 23mm f/2, 23mm f/1.4 and the 23mm marking on my 18-55, I find the f/2 version provides a bit more coverage that the other options. It's possible that this results in the "closeness" you describe.

    My favorite prime sequence is the 14mm f/2.8, 23mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2 and 56mm f/1.2. I have other options, but this sequence anchors my shooting. I chose the 14mm because it provides what I need for urban travel. The 56 is a bit of a beast and I think the 50 might be a good substitute, however once I started using that f/1.2 aperture, it's a bit tough to unsee those results.

    Roger
     
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    Since I bought the 60, it's been glued to my camera.
    The auto focus is the same speed as my 18-55 so I wouldn't worry about the speed.
    Photographing my four grandchildren rarely results in missed focus.
    Cannot fault the excellent IQ.
     
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    The 18 and 35 f1.4 would be my choice also.

    I was also thinking the 18 and 23 are too close, but I did comparisons and as Yogi points out, they are not, and they give very different results. However, if I had only the two lenses and one is the 18, I wouldn’t have the 23.

    I actually found the 35 closer to the 56 than the 23
     
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    FOV from the Fuji test our lens site;
    18 f2
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    23 f1.4
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    35 f1.4
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    56
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    This is very useful cheers
     
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    I really liked the 18 - 35 - 60. Lots of character and fun.
    And I really liked the Samyang 12 - 23 - 50. Nice spacing for the things I like.

    Tough choices. ( :
     
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    14, 23 & 50 anyone?
     
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    Right now I have the Samyang 12 + 35mm f2. I plan to add a 50mm f2 to complete my trio, and should give me a very wide range of shots.

    However, I'm feeling that the 35mm is a bit too narrow for my liking for general shooting. So I'm considering trading that for the 23mm f2. I'm also considering trading the 12mm for the 18mm for portability and AF...but then I feel the 18mm and 23mm are too close.

    So many possibilities and I can't decide...first world problems :)
     
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    The original holy trinity 18-35-60 is very OK for enthousiasts.
    I added up to 14-18-35-60.

    I read elsewhere that the 14-23-50 is a really fine combo too, but I personally would miss the 18 too much.
     
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    I don't think I've met a Fuji lens I didn't like. Even the XC zooms make great pictures.
    Fuji really has too many good choices. Literally. ( :

    First world problems indeed!
     
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    My prime lens kit is 18mm f2, 35mm f1.4, and 56mm f1.2.

    The 56 isn't exactly a budget option so if I had to replace it with a more budget friendly option I might go with the 60mm f2.4 but the 50mm f2 looks like a great lens as well.
     
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    I think that’s a great trio combination.
    I wouldn’t change the 56 for something else
     
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    At this stage, with Fuji glass, I like the zooms but do have the 23 f/2 and decided to hunt around for the 35 f/2. Back in my film days using Olympus OM-1 cameras, my basic kit was 35 f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8, and a 135mm f/3.5. I later added a Vivitar 24 and 70-210 zoom but almost everything I did on the OM's seemed to be the 35 or 50.

    With Fuji primes, especially for the small size, I might pick the 18, 23, 50, and maybe, later, the 80 Macro. Or, get the 18-55 and 55-200 with one prime of your choice if you need more lens speed. I did the later and added the 10-24. My 23 f/2 will be for the times I need that little extra but I really bought it because, with the Fuji XE3 kit, the lens only costs $250 (I wanted the XE3 more than the lens) and for $250, I couldn't pass the deal up. I would also add the 35 f/2 if I can get a deal on one.
     

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