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If You Could Only Have One Lens...

Discussion in 'Fuji X-Mount Lens Forum' started by ScottyMac, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. ScottyMac

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    What would it be? This thread was suggested on another thread asking which lens you have but don't use.

    At heart, I am somewhat of a minimalist, but looking in my camera bag might suggest otherwise. Admittedly, I always sense 'diminishing returns' as regards pleasure in a hobby the more I purchase. One lens is good...are five lenses 5 times better?

    My bag includes the 23/2, Zeiss 32/1.8, 50/2, 18-135, and 5 or 6 adapted lenses. A modest set up, to be sure. So which one would I keep if a law were passed restricting us to one lens? I can't really say. It would not be a zoom. Preferably, a prime between 16 and 50, and capable of reasonably close focus.

    When I was younger, I pursued subjects. Now, I'd rather they come to me. Not out of laziness, but perhaps the discovery there are a lot of normal, everyday things to photograph out there, and the normal can become interesting through a lens. Maybe the lens determines for me which one of those I choose to shoot.

    So give me a prime...under 50mm. Anyone else?
     
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    Easy. The 35mm f/1.4. For me it's hard to find any lens that suits my needs better than a fast normal; and it doesn't hurt that Fuji's offering renders beautifully.
     
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    I've been going thru the process of simplifying, I can't get by on one lens tho.
    Decided on the 56 and 23 f1.4.
     
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    As I commented to another photog the other day, if god came down today and told me I could only use one Fuji lens forever, it would be the 56 f/1.2. It's only 6mm about the requirement, so I feel it should pass.
     
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    I am dreaming of the fuji 33mm f/1. :) From the existing lenses, 35mm f/1.4.
     
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    Based on my previous history with my Nikon 35mm SLR and my Leica 35mm rangefinder, I knew that the 35mm f/1.4 was my favorite lens. Therefore, the first lens I purchased for my Fuji X-Pro1 was the 23mm f/1.4.

    On the other hand, if I had to restrict myself to one zoom lens, it would be the 16-55mm f/2.8 Fujinon.
     
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    Arbib X Man, but Film Friendly

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    18mm f/1.7.... because it should bit more compact than a f/1.4 version.
    With a DOF scale and Ph/Pl AF/M ring.
    INF/CF stop in Manual mode.
     
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    35 ƒ1.4 is my favorite, but the 50 ƒ2 is a strong contender (has that magic 75mm rangefinder focal length)
     
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    I like primes so I couldn't do it.
    Although maybe two and definitely three.

    For the sake of argument, I would choose the 16mm 1.4.
    I feel like I could crop it somewhat if need be and the fast aperture and min. focus makes for fun close ups.
    Two lenses? Add the 56.
    Three - add the 23 f2.

    It's my kit right now. ( :

    Happy Father's Day everyone!
     
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    XF23 1.4, if I can have 2, then the 56 1.2 would be the other.
     
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    Of the existing Fuji lenses...the 18/2 would work for me. Adapted lenses it would be a 28/2 that could close focus. Of non existent Fuji lenses a 27/2 with an aperture ring but the rendering of the original 18/35/60 lenses.
     
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    I'd have to say the 100-400. My interest tends to be on long telephoto subjects. I'd be perfectly happy with it. I'd just use my iPhone for everything else.
     
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    Very much that way for me now...probably the 23mm f/1.4. I find myself shooting a lot at that focal length now with the X100T, with the 23mm f/2, with the 18-55 (close to that FL) and especially with the f/1.4. I really am not up to carrying a heavy zoom anymore so zooms are the 18-55mm and 55-200 except when I drag out the 100-400 monster.
     
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    The 23/2 sits on my XP1 right now but if made to choose only one it would be the 18.
     
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    If 50mm is a hard line, then the 16, otherwise the 56. On a different day I might go with the 16 first.
     
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    If I could have any lens it would be an 8mm-600mm f0.95 weighing in at less than 500 grams and costing less than US $1,000. Of course, it would have fantastic bokeh, lighting fast focus, IS, and balance perfectly with the XT4 and the XE4. (Sorry, I'm not purchasing the XPro3 or XPro4). lol
     
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    I've often said the 35/1.4. It is the most practical choice. And for pictures taken for other people it's the best choice, since it can do almost anything serviceably well and many things exceptionally well.

    But I have to say, I find myself constantly drawn to 16mm and wider. I've been putting the most miles on the Tokina 11-16mm/2.8 (adapted Nikon mount) of late.

    The 16/1.4 is the best Fuji choice I have, and it is an amazing lens. Fast. Close focus. Amazing rendering. Really wide but not crazy.

    If I owned it, I might be tempted to say the Fuji 10-24/4. Covers the ultra wide end, produces great results, very reasonable size for what it delivers, even gets long enough for most purposes. I would be bothered by the f4 maximum. But I would be tempted.

    Eventually, I'll get over the ultra wide thing and settle back into a more reasonable place. Or not... :)

    Put a gun to my head and the 35/1.4 is still the safest bet.
     
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    18-55, no question :)
     
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    Either one of the Fuji 35s.
     
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    If a law were passed? Civil disobedience!

    Ok hypothetically, I would probably pick the 18-55 as it probably would result in the fewest compromises for me. I would be sorely tempted to go with the 35 1.4.
     
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