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Only 2 Lenses to choose

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by tkao2025, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. Mike G

    Mike G Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Oct 7, 2016
    West London
    Mike Gorman
    My problem is, which two?
     
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  2. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    It's easy for me. Just depends on what my shooting is. Primes would be 16/56, zooms 16-55/50-140.
     
  3. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    After much research and internal debate, I've decided on my compact 2-lens solution. I went old school again, purchasing a lightly used XF 60mm f2.4 Macro for 1/2 the cost of a new one. I've spent a lot of time reading about the lens and viewing sample images. It may seem counter-intuitive to have two 1st-gen non-WR lenses on the X-T1, but I think the 18mm/60mm combo will fit my needs well. A small, light combination with what I think is excellent IQ, carried in a small bag hung on the handlebars of my bike. Only catch is I have to wait 3-4 weeks for the lens to arrive from Thailand.
     
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  4. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    If you don't depend on blazing AF speed, those two lenses do really well. And they're cheap, used, because of the first sentence. Makes total sense.
     
  5. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    The 18mm has been an excellent combination with the X-T1. I expect the 60 will, also.
     
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  6. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    If I could only have only two primes, I'd stay on the wide side: The 14mm f/2.8 and the 23mm f/2.0 WR. Two zooms? The 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 and the 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8. Fortunately for me, I don't have to limit myself to only two.

    On a separate note, the longest prime that I currently own is the 60mm f/2.4 macro. It's the closest thing to a portrait lens that I have for Fuji. I'd love to have the original 56mm f/1.2 or the 90mm f/2.0 WR. But, alas, my days of buying $1000 lenses are over.
     
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  7. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    I was playing around on camerasize.com, with 3 simulations of my X-T1. The 18mm and 60mm both are great fits for the camera. On the 3rd camera I was modeling various other lenses. The next two lenses in FL after the 60 are the 90 and 18-135. Both are significant jumps from the 60 in length, weight, and cost. More power to you folks that own them and use them, but I've tried hiking with long, heavy lenses. Didn't last but a few hikes before I tired of the bulk. I was never able to get any good wildlife pics, anyway. Light and compact for me.
     
  8. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    90 is no heavier and is slightly shorter than a 55-200. That plus an 18-55 in a Lowepro holster buys a lot of capability in a very portable load.
     
  9. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    I will second the 18-55/55-200 pair as a great lighter weight combo which covers a lot of range.
     
  10. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    I used to have the 18-55. It was nice, but I decided primes suited me more for my woodland adventures. I realize I'm giving up reach by limiting myself to 60mm max, but my priority these days is light and packable on a bicycle. I've tried many different carrying solutions when I ride, and the one I like best is just a small padded bag strapped to the handlebar.
     
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  11. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    That is one of the things I love about Fuji gear. The really is nothing bad in the entire lineup. Regardless of what one's needs are for their shooting.
     
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  12. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    A word for the 50-230... I had the 55-200 and sold it in favour of the 100-400. That is one heavy lens, however, and something of a specialist tool. I only carry it with intent, and never when travelling. Enter the 50-230. Light as a feather and a remarkably good performer.

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  13. mikEm13

    mikEm13 Veteran

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    Feb 7, 2017
    I agree
     
  14. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yup. I gave my Gen 1 XC 16-50 and 50-230 to my nephew along with my rarely used X-A1 body. That's because I also have the XF 18-55 and 55-200. But make no mistake: Those XC zooms are just fine.

    Compared to the XF's, you lose the aperture ring and a stop of exposure. Optically, they're as solid as can be. And, since you'll use the 50-230 outdoors anyway, the slightly slower speed isn't really an issue. And the XC's weigh less than the XF's. I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again, if necessary.
     
  15. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    Yup. As long as you've got decent light, the 50-230 is almost (almost) preferable for most people vs the 55-200 or 100-400, in that it's SO LIGHT and small, by comparison. I have a lens-only bag, a sort of stiff padded sleeve with a circular zip top, and a flap on the back for running a strap through. Sometimes I'll toss the 50-230 into that and either affix it to my bike's handlebars, or on a backpack strap, or on the camera strap itself.

    When you think about it, if you're pretty half-arsed about whether or not you're even going to USE a long lens like that on a given trip, then opting to bring along the light plastic version fits the bill. If long lenses are paying your bills, then by all means go Big and Expensive.
     
  16. Plaatje

    Plaatje Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2014
    The 50-230mm is my only zoom. Just don't like zooms and tele that much, but this one, I only bought because it was cheap, is a keeper . . . .

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  17. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    As Bob Newhart famously said . . . . "Stop it!". You guys are a bad influence. Must. Resist. 50-230.

    Kyle, you mention strapping a bag to your handlebars. I've been just using velcro wraps to hold my camera bag to the bars, but I decided to go a bit upmarket and just ordered a KlickFix system to convert one of my bags. The handlebar mount was easy to find, but I searched several days before finally finding a vendor in the US who had the spare mounting plates for the bag.

    Back to the regularly scheduled thread.
     
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  18. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    I actually do own one zoom, a Vivitar 70-150 f/3.8 in PK mount. I don't carry it on my bike or most hikes, due to its weight. Being mainly glass and steel, I imagine it is considerably heavier than the 50-230. I mostly use it for pics around the local airport and the occasional short nature walk. Maybe some day I'll replace it with the 50-230, but not any time soon.
     
  19. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
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  20. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    Mine was technically used, but might as well have been new, Japan seller on ebay, $180.
     
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