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23mm f/2, 18mm f/2, or zoom?

Discussion in 'Native X-Mount Lens Forum' started by marianoml, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. liggy

    liggy GASaholic Camera Fondler

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    [QUOTE="marianoml, post: 776745, member: 65217]

    I very much like the idea of having a ultra-wide range zoom. How do you find its portability? Would it be heavy on a X-T10 body?[/QUOTE]

    Ive got extreme GAS. :D

    I have most of the Fuji lenses including the 10-24, 16, 18 and the Samyang 8 and 12. The 10-24 gets used in the wide range most often by far. It’s fine on the X-T10. Use a thumb grip and it is a piece of cake.
     
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    How do you like the lens?
     
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    The 18mm is very compact it makes my XE3 pocketable. Great for urban photos. The AF is noisy and slow though. I have the 23mm which I find better for portraits. I’ve attached a JPEG shot with the 18mm

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    I took the exact same photo in Leeds, nice one
     
  5. Angus

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    That’s very 18 like, it’s a rendering king. Really pleasing on the eye
     
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    Got the 18mm a couple of days ago, here it is on the X Pro2.

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    I have a few Fuji lenses including the 56mm f1.2, at f4 the little 18mm is as sharp as any of them.
     
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    I have a amongst others, the 14mm, a 18mm, and a 18-55. I used to have a rokinon 12mm, and also a (great) 27mm.
    I sold the rokinon (too wide, manual) and the 27 (too narrow, redundant) to fund a 14.

    As a default I would always recommend the 18mm. In some of my previous posts you will see my adoration for this little gem.
    I have two large prints (135cm x 90cm) in my living room of pictures with my old 16mpx x-M1 and my xf18mm.

    But as you tell that you want to use the lens on social occasions, or for environmental portraits, you might consider saving a bit more and get the 14mm instead of the 18mm.
    The 14 renders as beautifully as the 18 imho, and is very much more versatile then I previously thought.

    If you go for the 18-55 take into account your daily problem of choosing between primes and zoom. The 18-55 is mostly so good that it makes the 18/ 27 / 50 redundant. Selling the 27 / 50 and going for a new combo of 18-55 (and later on maybe the 14mm) is not such a bad idea either.
     
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    Now that is very good advice. :)
     
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    Thanks.
    The 18-55 + 14 is a good travel combo too. Same size, weight, same filter size, same sunhood.
     
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    I think the 18-55 is good, but (this is just my view) when I compared the results closely to the 35 f1.4, I decided it wasn’t for me.
    I think it performed extremely well at the 18 end, so I came to the conclusion of having the much smaller 18 instead, and have had no regrets.
    However, as mentioned above, the 14 & 18-55 seems a very logical solution.
     
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    As tempting as getting the zoom and the 14mm is, I LOVE the 50mm for the DoF, rendering, and portability so I don't think I will ever sell it. That being said, the 14mm is definitely on my list, I love the ultrawide view for architecture shots.

    After reviewing the submissions by mrmrhill and Brian1940 I am pretty sure I will get the 18mm. It's a great focal length and will help me compose my shots in a different way. Not quite as great for environmental portraits as the 23mm, but I think that is worth it given the lens' other qualities.

    Thank you guys so much.
     
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