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Downsizing after years of G.A.S.

Discussion in 'General X Camera Forum' started by Ryan0751, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. beakhammer

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    I once sold a set of bagpipes to go on a two week trip. I don't regret it, and everyone else was happy too.
     
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    I bet. :eek:
     
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    This thread is a typical one where one asks "what should I keep", "what should I buy", "what lens should I take on this trip",....
    Ask a hundred people and you get a hundred answers. It's so much about personal preferences and use case. In the end it's up to you, totally.
    I personally bought a couple of lenses used and also sold those I rarely used again. Sure I loose some money by doing so. There was no shoot ever that I couldn't handle because I had a specific lens not at hand. I find it liberating to get rid of gear and not collecting things. Photo magazines? I used to collect them. What for? I never had a second look in one of them. All gone to recycling. You might think different. Books? I keep the ones where I see the chance to read them again. (Some books I read 2-3 times). The others go to the fleamarket or in the trash.
    If you don't need the money and have enough space on your shelves, keep it.
     
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    I would like to +1 what @beakhammer said.
    If there's a lens you only use once a year, it might be a better choice to just get a vintage lens and adapt that. (Unless it's the 100-400mm to shoot the local Formula 1 race, I'd probably not try that with a manual focus 400mm lens without loads of practice and a monopod :D )

    Macros, Architecture (there are some amazing tilt/shift lenses out there, and even adapters with that function), landscapes (not ultra-ultra wides, especially not for small sensors) and other things can be done easily with adapted lenses that can be had for much less money than the digital lenses.
     
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    Haha, so much G.A.S. in this forum. Glad I'm not the only one.

    So I've been obsessing more over this, and I think I will try to work with just the following stuff for a while and see if I miss any of the other stuff, and then make a final decision of what to do.

    Keep:
    • X100F w/TC's
    • XT-2
    • 10-24mm
    • 18-55mm
    • 55-200mm
    • 100-400mm
    • 2X TC
    • 16mm F1.4
    • 23mm F1.4
    • 35mm F1.4
    • 56mm F1.2
    • 90mm F2
    That's still a whopping TEN lenses. But, it gives me a full set in the zoom range and a full set of primes for when I want to shoot fast and get the best quality. The X100F gives me a compact setup and prime shooting at F2.

    I'm leaning towards selling the "big" lenses. The 16-55mm, and the 50-140mm in particular. A big reason I moved from Canon to Fuji was for the size, and although something like the 50-140 is an amazing lens, I rarely take it with me due to it's huge size. The 16-55 is also very good, but how much better than the 18-55 is it REALLY, for what I shoot? It's so much bigger, no IS, etc.

    I actually do use the 100-400 a fair amount, though - which is why I didn't list it. I have a family place up in NH on a lake, and it's great for wildlife, catching people out on the water, etc. I tend to just leave it up there though, rather then shlep it home :)

    So we'll see how this goes...
     
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    Here is my list of Fuji gear:

    Fuji XPro2 and X-T2. Battery grip for X-T2.
    Lenses (all XF):
    16 f1.4
    23 f2
    35 f2
    50 f2
    56 f1.2
    90 f2
    10-24 f4 OIS
    18-55 (kit lens)
    16-55 f2.8
    55-200
    50-140 f2.8
    100-400
    1.4x and 2x Fuji tele extenders

    My travel kit:
    XPro2 and X-T2 bodies (same lenses and batteries provides a back up for each other)
    23 f2
    35 f2
    50 f2
    10-24 f4

    On my next travels, these might be the lenses that will I take along with the two bodies:
    10-24 f4
    16-55 f2.8
    23 f2

    I don't travel with the big zooms as they are too big and heavy. I use these for local events and outings.

    I don't plan on selling any of my lenses as I use them all randomly through out the year.

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    Damn you. Now you make me want to keep all my lenses. :)
     
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    I started like you with the X-E2 to be LIGHT. got the 50-140 which is massive but I love it for portraits! When traveling I typically take only the 18-55 and the 14mm.
     
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    I grew up in NH, and taught myself to sail in a canoe on Squam Lake.
     
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    If I had to keep a couple of lenses, it would be the 23mm prime and 50-140mm zoom.
    I find these focal lengths cover everything I need (families, kids, pets and weddings)
     
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    Sorry.
     
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    I used to worry about "losig money" not getting back what I paid. But now I realize, especially on lenses, if i buy a used lens for a trip, then end up selling it, I lose no more than what it would cost to rent it. Often it turns out better than renting. I used that philosphy when I picked up the 16 1.4 for my trip to England. The plan backfired...I'm keeping that kick-ass glass! But you see what I'm sayin'. :)
     
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