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Do the 23, 35 and 50 WR lenses all have a similar "look?"

Discussion in 'Fuji X-Mount Lens Forum' started by Ken Ford, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. Ken Ford

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    I'm on the verge of purchasing an X-Pro2 with a 23/2 and 50/2 to add to my current X-Pro1 with 35/2.

    I've been looking at images for weeks, but digital post processing can easily alter the character of a lens. In your opinion, do these three have a similar "look?"

    Bonus points if you can offer an opinion about the look of the 12mm Rokinon/Samyang compared to these three Fujis, too.

    Thanks!
     
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    Yes, they all have the same character in look and feel. Samyang is totally different, has dinstinctive cheapo yellow and blue tint. This lens is good for astro only.
     
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    Thank you - I was hoping that was the case for the three WRs.

    I'm fond of my 20s and 21 on full frame, and was hoping the 12 could make a budget placekeeper ultrawide.
     
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    Definitely a matching set - all have the same tapered look - very solid, great to use.
    Having got the 23/35/50 - i now hardly ever use the 18-135 (very bulky).
     
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    Yes, the lenses all render in a similar way, though I prefer the 23 and the 50 over the 35 - might just be the focal length, of course.

    The Fuji 14mm is excellent, also very compact though a little larger than these 3. It's a 21mm-eq., very well corrected optically. I often take it along with the 18 or the 23 and the 50.
     
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    Thanks, all - I went ahead and ordered a 23/2 and 50/2 today (plus an X-Pro2.) I suspect I'll just go with the Fuji 14/2.8 at some point, although I wish they would come out with a smaller WR series 14mm, an f/4 would be very workable.
     
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    NO WAY!
     
  8. Ken Ford

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    I may be finding out about the Samyang before too long - I've been out shooting at my usual haunts with the XP2, 23/2 and 50/2 and am really missing my 21mm. Gotta get a 14 of some kind! I just saw I missed out on a serious sale on the 14/2.8 a few months ago, hopefully another sale will come along.
     
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    I can't speak to the 23/35/50 f2 lenses but I tried a Samyang/Rokinon 12mm last year for interior photos and the chromatic aberration was horrible. I have both the 14 and the Zeiss 12 and highly recommend either one.
     
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    I should probably just cool my jets and just go with the Fuji 14 - buy once, cry once.

    Edit - well, so much for that idea. Earlier this morning I threw out a low bid on a Rokinon 14 which the seller accepted. It was low enouh that I can always resell it without loss if I don't care for it or pick up a Fuji 14, but it will keep me going for now.
     
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    I had the three f/2 WR lenses and they are all great, with the same rendering/character. I prefer the more subjective rendering the 18 f/2 and 35 f/1,4 give, I think the f/2 WR are more neutral. But with a bit of post processing, you can do whatever you want and these small differences become secondary.
    I have the 12 Samyang and I'm happy with it. It's a sharp lens, with pleasant colors, I did not notice any problem using it in parallel with my Fuji lenses.
     
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    The Rokinon showed up packed very poorly (in a baggie with no padding whatsoever rattling around inside the shipping box and with the lens box and insert broken down) and shows evidence of decentering, so it's going to go back - I'm hoping eBay will stand behind me here. But, I did find a used Fuji 14/2.8 today for a price I can justify, so that's on the way. I've found having a 21-e is integral to how I work.
     
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    Fuji WR lens rock! 23, 35 & 50
     
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    The Fuji 14 is a really nice lens. You would not be disappointed with it.
     
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    Everything I've read agrees with this, and my quick play with one at a store last week impressed me. It should be here tomorrow!
     
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    I have been following this thread with interest.

    I am, however, more interested in the similarity or differences in the images produced by the different bodies because I am on the verge of purchasing an X-Pro2 to add to my current X-Pro1. Please keep me informed.
     
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    I finally ended up with 35 f/1,4, my 35 f/2 AF was fast but not reliable. Never had this problem on 23 and 50 f/2.
    Samyang 12 f/2 is really impressive if you have the chance to get a good one. But I agree Fuji 14 f/2,8 is even better.
     
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    The Post Office managed to misplace my Fuji 14, hopefully it will be here today.
     
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    I own them all and I agree.
     
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    I see the most vivid color rendition of the WR trio from the 50 f2
     

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