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If You Could Only Have One Lens...

Discussion in 'Fuji X-Mount Lens Forum' started by ScottyMac, Jun 18, 2017 at 10:41 PM.

  1. Tara Elizabeth

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    If forced to choose a single lens, I would probably cling to my Konica 57 1.4. It's kind of become my signature.
    If forced to choose one Fuji, I only own the 18-55 and would happily use it exclusively if needs must. (I echo others in also wanting and believing the 35 1.4 would work)
     
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    If forced to choose only one adapted lens, it would be my 28mm f/2 Zeiss in Nikon F mount.
     
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    Ahhh we can be specific on the adapted lens? Komine made version of the Vivitar 28/2 close focus and I would pick it over any of the Fuji lenses. I'd love to say the Fuji 35/1.4 but I had that lens and as spectacular as it is I wouldn't make it my only lens.
     
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    Easy!...it's the 18-55 ! If forced to only have a Fuji prime it would be my 23/1.4
     
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    I'm actually a bit surprised how many people are saying the 18-55. Since it's the only native lens I own and not being able to speak as to the quality of others, I was worried I was personally over-estimating it.
    That lens is my bread and butter as a gig photographer. I would hate having to battle crowds with the larger 16-55. Some jerk would probably elbow the front of it out of spite.
     
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    For me the answer is very easy, the 16-55 mm f2.8. Wonderful image quality from wide angle to short telephoto in one package.
     
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    Of all lenses, the 5cm Summicron collapsible. Of all Fuji lenses the 35/1.4. In reality I don't use these lenses as much as others, because I have a choice. In a one lens only scenario things would look quite different though.
     
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    ... and it's filled with helium, to make it lighter ;)
    (Planes trains and automobiles)
     
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    For me, my 100-400. I photograph aircraft and nothing else would do.
     
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    Interesting question....and some interesting answers!
    My current collection of lenses for my Fuji cameras consists of the 18-55, 18-135, 55-200, 27 pancake, 35 1.4, and a Samyang 12mm, all of which get used regularly but if I was genuinely forced to select just one it would be, without doubt, the 18-135.
    I love this lens. It's not the sharpest or the fastest in the group but it is, by far, the most versatile and probably gets me more keepers than all the others put together!
     
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    Wow...great response. I believe winners so far would be the 23 or 35 1.4, with 18-55 running strong. I suppose I'd be forced to choose something in the 35mm FL as well, but I wouldn't be happy about it. If I could choose TWO lenses...now that's easier. I'd take a 50/2 and the 16/1.4.
     
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    ONE LENS ? My head would explode !
    However, one prime - the 16 1.4 because I love it and I like closeups. One Zoom - the 18-135 a truly useful lens. Please let me have both :)
     
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    In Fuji I'd take the 35/1.4 and 16/1.4. If I could choose from all my lenses I'd choose the 5cm Summicron (though if I think about it I might be tempted to sacrifice some practicality and some character for some Summilux speed) and the 21mm Color Skopar. I wouldn't miss a thing with those two, the XP2 and the M4-2. Everything from ultrawide to short tele and even an almost macro. In fact, this is my prepared-for-everything, OVF friendly, ultra practical, carry no extra gear kit. Two cameras, two lenses, a Fuji battery charger and I'm covered. However, I'm glad I have those great Fujinons, I love to use them, and I don't want to give them away!
     
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    If I could only have one lens it would be the 23mm f/2 on an X100F.
     
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    Interesting thought experiment. A vision of an authoritarian government concerned chiefly with restricting lens choices. :)

    I mostly shoot with the 23/2 and the 50/2, but if I had to pick one Fuji lens forever, it would be the 18/2.
     
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    LOL...

    I find it interesting how many folks have chosen the 18/2.
     
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    The Lens Police: "Sir, we understand you have an unregistered 35/1.4. I'm sorry, sir. You'll have to come with us."
     
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    Agreed.

    I find it interesting to consider how many have picked lenses from the original fixed lens (the X100 lens has not changed AFAIK) or from the original trinity which was released with the Xpro--35/1.4, 18/2, 60/2.4.

    In many ways, this reveals how well Fuji thought through what it was doing from the beginning.
     
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