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X-T20 and lens

Discussion in 'X-T2, X-T1, X-T20, X-T10' started by raynet, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. raynet

    raynet New Member

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    Hi All,

    I am new here.

    I am using Canon 650D and would like to switch to Fuji XT-20. I am considering which lens I may purchase with X-T20.

    I mainly shoot landscape, street and casual photos. And I will bring to camera for travel.

    Here are the consideration:
    1. 10-24 F4
    2. 35 F2 or 18-55 kit
    3. XF 55-200 or XC 50-230 II

    10-24 F4 should be "must" for me in wide angle use.

    35 F2, 18-55 kit.
    One is prime, one is good quality zoom. If I own both lens, possibility I may just use one of them in most of the time....

    XF 55-200 or XC 50-230 II.
    XF 55-200 looks better in many aspects, expect for weight and price. XC 50-230 image quality seems just marginally lower compare with the XF one. Smaller aperture, but much lighter, and cheaper...

    Any ideas?
     
  2. MontyBigglesworth

    MontyBigglesworth Well-Known Member

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    You can pick up an XC50-230 second hand for very little, so how about the 23mm f2 prime and then the XC50-230 for when you need a zoom if you are not a big "zoomer"?

    I started off in Fuji World with the 23mm 1.4 and the XF 55-200 zoom. I found I didn't use the zoom much so I sold it and used the money towards getting a second hand 56mm 1.2 - which is amazing - wow!

    I then spent about £90-100 and got a second hand XC50-230 for the rare occasions I want a long zoom - being a budget plastic lens it's not as nice to use as the XF zoom but the size and weight is a major advantage. The XC zoom photos are good enough for me if you were a big zoom person you may want to invest in the better zoom. There are plenty of comparisons between the picture quality of two zooms, TBH there's not much in it!

    I take a lot of photos (for free) at charity events and for that I use the 56mm 1.2 most of the time and the 23mm 1.4 for group shots, I never use the zoom.

    When on holiday I found I was using the 23mm mostly and sometimes the XC Zoom. After a few days I decided to leave the 56mm in the hotel as I never used it.

    The little f2 primes you are looking at are great! My partner has the 35mm on f2 on a silver X-E2, as well as looking very retro the photo's are amazing! It's also a better travel lens than my 23mm 1.4 because it's so compact. I would say you would be better with the 23mm f2 over the 35mm f2.

    The f2 primes will look very smart on your X-T20 if you get the silver one ;)

    Hope that helps!
     
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  3. m8chor

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    I have a X-T20 and here are my lens and what I use them for:

    10-24mm F4: Wide landscape and some real estate shots (I almost always use it at its widest)
    23mm F1.4: "All purpose" lens if "zooming with my feet" isn't an issue or I need the extra f-stop (I use it with the LH-XF23 lens hood, the one that came with it is too big)
    18-55mm F2.8-4: "All purpose" lens if "zooming with my feet" could be an issue, and this is also my movie lens
    56mm F1.2: Portraiture and "bragging rights" once in awhile... "look at the bokeh!"
    55-200mm f3.5-4.8: Any application where I cannot get close to shoot something far away... safari, air show, concert etc...

    If I could only have 1 lens, that would be the 23mm f1.4.
    Those lens I have are "large" lens, to balance off the weight and have better grip and handling, I use them with MHG-XT10 handgrip on my X-T20. (It's well worth it imo)
    For the 23mm F1.4, a very attractive alternative is the 23mm F2 for its size and speed... If you can live with a bit of softness wide open.
    I think the center of your decision could be whether if you are a 23mm (35mm equiv) or 35mm (50mm equiv) guy. And you build your kit around that range... For me, 23mm tells more story and is more versatile than the 35mm.
     
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  4. wmiller549

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    I think you are on the right track.

    I shoot similar subjects most of the time.
    I never carry more than 3 lenses. I always carry the 10-24 and the 35/1.4.
    The third lens changes between the 18-55, 50-230 and the 90/2.

    10-24 - It's versatility makes it a must-have. Sometimes I long for the 16/1.4 that I had for a while. It can do things that the 10-24 can't, but the 10-24 trumps it in terms or all-round usefulness.

    18-55 - I still have it, but rarely use it. I've owned three examples and all three had soft corners and exhibited at least some de-centering (one corner was worse than the other three). I've never understood the rave reviews for this lens. As kit lenses go, it's a good one, but that's about as far as I can go. I like having a mid-range zoom, especially for landscape work, because you can't always 'zoom with your feet'. The 16-55/2.8 is stellar and far better than the 18-55, but is big, heavy and pricey. I sold mine and regret it. I'll probably buy another some day.

    50-230 II - I only carry it when I think I'm going to need the reach. I've never seen a significant difference IQ-wise between it and the 55-200 (I've owned a couple of those too.) It's tiny and light and cheap. It is however, pretty darn slow. If I used a tele-zoom a lot, I would definitely have the 55-200, otherwise the 50-230 usually does the job.

    90/2 - My favorite lens. Useful focal length. Super sharp. Narrow DOF. Gorgeous bokeh. What's not to like? For my 'third lens' I choose it most of the time.

    So, my advise: 10-24, 35 (1.4 or 2) and the 55-200. I personally, would go for the 90 instead of the 55-200. Most people are not comfortable limiting themselves to fixed focal lengths, but doing so makes me a better photographer.
     
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    +1 for this. I always have the 10-24mm and the 35 f1.4 with me. I have the 18-135mm which is pretty good and versatile, but use it less often since I went the adapted lenses way, so I always have at least two 50-ish lenses in my bag. It happens that's is the FL I'm most comfortable with. I might sell the 18-135mm to get a 50-230II just in case, and put some money aside for the 56 f1,2.
     
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    Thanks all.

    If I use 55-200 with X-T20, will it be imbalance due to heavier lens for handheld?
     
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    When using larger lenses on this body, I personally find that adding a grip makes everything handle better. I have a cheap $20 one.
     

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