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Wednesday, 18 November 2015


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Have used the 14 and 35 both with IR filters and they work well with no hot spots. The 18-55 gets hot spots.
You might try IR with the fuji as it works well.

For absolute performance, the 23 is the best Fuji lens I own. Centre is sharp at F/1.4 in the centre and edges by F/4. It also has low optical distortion and nice handling.

For sheer versatility, the 18-55 is surprisingly sharp, vice free and has effective OIS. It's a great all-round travel companion and my most used lens.

An honourable mention has to go to the 14mm. For an ultra wide, it's very good across the frame, has low optical distortion and is a useful second lens for travel work.

Another honourable mention for the 27. I can just about put my XE2 and 27 in a coat pocket. It's sharp, discreet, and a good focal length for typical street work.

I recently abandoned my Pentax system along with enough glass to cover 12mm to 300mm in favour of a X-T10 + 35mm f1.4.

I just love this combination and even if I am not in a hurry to add a second lens (maybe some ocoloy?) I have the suspicion that there is currently no bad lens in the Fuji lineup.

They all have been designed recently from scratch for the digital system and Fuji evidently aims for excellent build- and image-quality.

I'd recommend starting with either the 23mm or one of the 35mm -- and then to wait until you really know what lens you need next. Once you know, just buy it: Fuji has a near complete set by now, and they are all good.

EBC Fujinon GXD 180 3.2 - My favourite portrait lens for Fuji. Not very sharp wide open, but you can't beat the combined effect of razor thin DOF and pretty generous (at least for this kind of lens) movements.

I have the 10-24,18-55,56, and 55-200. I have been very happy with 18-55, and 56. I have the X100S, so have not invested in the 23mm.

I have only the 18-55 since almost two years, when I got the Pro-1. I always thought I'd get some more, and I probably will eventually get the fast 16mm (for darker interiors without flash) and the 10-24 for landscapes (both rural and urban), but the fact is I use this as my every-day camera, and have never really seriously felt the need for anything else. I also do some wildlife, but for that I have an SLR and some moderately long lenses. If I like the Pro-2 when it arrives, I will probably commit a bit more to the system. I'm not sure what Daniel means by "hot spots" so I can't comment on that.

I have the XT-1 with 16mm f1.4, 56mm f1.2, and, as of last week, the 35mm f2. All 3 are great lenses. The 16mm is possibly the best wide angle that I have used, which includes the Contax/Zeiss 21mm f2.8. The close focusing ability and big aperture of the 16mm allow some creative opportunities. The 56mm is a fantastic lens but one that doesn't really fit the way I see.

I have a distressingly large collection of wonderful Fuji lenses. As someone said "you date the camera, you marry the lenses." I love 'em all, from the 14, (I feel just like Mike about it,) to the 23, 35, 56, even the much maligned 60 macro, and the 55-200. I've recently been tempted by the 16-55, since I really liked the 24-70 on my Nikon, but I think I'm a "prime" kind of person with the Fuji. A friend really likes the 16-55 f/2.8 since it's got superb quality and lens changing is markedly reduced, but I'm a slower photographer and even with the Fuji, tend to use it on a tripod. Now I use my Nikon D800E rarely and usually only in the studio. I'd love a few more megapixels but when I look at my photos, I'm not sure why. I do not regret my switch and have many friends who have done the same and not looked back.

I am with Marcin: the EBC Fujinon GXD 180 3.2 for the GX680.

If only X-System lenses are allowed: the 35mm 1.4. I also have the 23mm and the 56mm, but for some reason the look of the 35mm just speaks to me.

I am a big fan of the 27mm pancake, with the X-E2 it makes a great combo for unobtrusive shooting, and very nice optically too. I do wish that it was a 23mm, though, I often find it just a tad long. My main beef with most Fuji lenses is that they are pretty large and heavy, sort of defeats the compactness of the camera bodies. I also like the size of the 18mm f2, but optically it is a dog.

I've spent the last couple of years trying to go back to Leica with an M9 and a Monochrom. That experiment is effectively over. The Fuji X-Pro1 is simply a better camera and the lenses that I've been shooting with, the 23mm f/1.4 and the 56mm f/1.2 are absolutely stellar performers. Best bargains on the planet in terms of optical performance. They feel great on the X-Pro 1 and the X-T1, are well balanced, have good autofocus performance and have wonderful clarity. The 23mm hits that sweet spot for a rangefinder http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/2013/10/fuji-23mm-f1-4/ and the 56mm is a phenomenal portrait lens. http://prometheus.med.utah.edu/~bwjones/2014/08/fuji-56mm-f1-2/

I seriously cannot wait for the X-Pro2 to arrive...

My X-T1 kit includes the following lens:
Rokinon 12mm f/2.0,
Voigtlander Nokton Classic (single coated) 40mm f/1.4,
Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/1.8 (w/purported thorium element)
Helios-44M-7 58mm f/2.0 (max. aperture blade version for bokeh),
Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8,
Jupiter-11 135mm f/4.

My "go to" lens are the Voigtlander, Zeiss Pancolar, and the Helios. It seems I favor the ~60 to 90mm focal length equivalent range.

One of the great things (of which there are many) I like about the X-T1 is the ability to adapt older lens, shoot in manual using focusing peaking (to help my aging eyesight). Combined with the super EVF showing in B&W who needs the expensive red dot!

As I love to shoot square I am excited about both the X-Pro2 and X-T2 rumored to have a ~24MP APS-C sensor.

Mike, my favorite Fuji lens is the 10-24 f4. It is an incredible lens, solidly built and tack sharp. I would recommend this lens to any Fuji shooter. I just bought the new 35 f2 lens for my XT-1 and I think I will really like the lens. I did read that we need to have the most current firmware on the camera for it to work properly. The most recent firmwear is 4.1, this is just an FYI to your readers. I just updated my firmwear today, very easy upgrade.
Just an aside it appears that Fuji is really paying attention to camera issues, this is the second upgrade since I bought the camera several months ago.
Maybe Nikon should take note, I am not sure they had a firmwear update for awhile.

My favorite Fuji lenses would have to be the primes I own.
35mm 1.4 - my go-to lens for lots of situations, especially for family memories
14mm 2.8 - invaluable when you want to take in the scene. I use it a lot when out hiking, set cityscapes, etc.
60mm 2.4 - Underrated as a portrait lens.

My least favorite is the 16-50mm zoom.

Optically, it is just fine, though it can't do nice starbursts with city lights at night.

My problem with this lens is a mental block - I can't get the knack of composing with a zoom - too many options. Also, the build quality is not nice.

I've been an X-T1 owner for all of two weeks, but so far I've been so pleased with the 18-55 that I might forego the primes that fall into (or very close to) that range altogether, add the 14 and the 90, and call it a kit.

The lens on the X100T or the 16mm F1.4 or both.

The 60mm macro, which I use for landscape, portraits and whenever a short tele is required (tip: you don't need the absurd hood at all, as the front lens is quite recessed), the 35 f1.4, the 14mm, much to my surprise (like Mike, I think - but haven't we all moved up a bit in the wide angle direction due to the wide angle camerawork by television crews?), and even more to my surprise, the 27mm - which doesn't look Fuji-like, is not even made in Japan and so on, but draws beautifully.

Okay, as I've been an early adopter and "Fuji Aficionado" for quite a while here now, here are my faves:

The 23mm f/1.4. One of the finest optics I have used from any manufacturer at any time (and that includes the amazing Canon EOS 200/1.8). It has an amazing image quality, but there is something "magical" about how it renders images.

The 14mm f/2.8. It's fair to say Mike probably bought this because every time mention of another Fuji XF lens came up on TOP, I would mention this one. And for good reason. Also a superlative optic with NO distortion, which is astonishing for a wide like this lens. Like Mike, I've found it to be surprisingly versatile, and used MUCH more than I would have ever predicted before I bought it. I would estimate I use it ~45% of the time. It also works beautifully with the X-Pro1 (and I agree the X-Pro1 still produces magical images; black and white conversions in particular are spectacular). I would take this over the 16mm because it is lighter and smaller. Absolutely love thei mage quality from this lens. My local B&M camera store guy says this lens alone is reason enough to buy into the Fuji X system, and I agree.

18-55 Zoom. Everyone refers to this as a "kit lens", but actually it's not a "kit lens". It acquired that designation when first bundled with the original X-E1, but this lens is one of the finest standard zooms I've ever used (superior to the widely used Canon 24-105 f/4), and testing shows it to be sharper in some situations than the "pro" 16-55 f/2.8. Not to be dismissed or under-rated. About 50% of my Fuji X images have been taken with this lens, with excellent results.

50-140 f2.8 Pro Zoom. Simply the finest "70-200/2.8" zoom I've ever used, and I own and use the Canon 70-200/2.8 L IS II. Just a stupidly good lens. The OIS on this lens is also amazing, and with it's four AF motors, I can use this with lens with an X-T1 with Firmware 4 to shoot motorsports.

27mm pancake. I love this little lens, it's a "sweetheard" and makes for a great street photography lens for the X-Pro1 or X-T1.

Interestingly, while I own the original 35 f/1.4, and its optically excellent, I hardly ever use this lens. I should just sell it.

Oh, and one more note: I just picked up a LNIB 60mm f/2.0 MACRO, which has really been dissed because of it's AF speed (originally stemming from it's performance with early revs of X-Pro1 firmware), but when used with an X-T1 with Firmware Rev 4, it is actually quite zippy with it's AF performance. I have to say I am VERY impressed with it's image quality; like the 23, 14, and 55-140, images from this lens have an intangible but absolutely magical quality to them. I know I use that word a lot, but it really applies to a lot of these wonderful Fuji lenses. I also shoot with pro Canon L glass and excellent Oly OM-D (mostly Panny) M4/3 system lenses, and while they are excellent, they don't create that Fuji "magic". I don't exactly know what Fuji is doing with these wonderful lenses, but whatever it is, it is sure special.

I only have the humble 27mm on the X-Pro 1. It's light and unobtrusive. Optically it seems fine especially if it's closed down a couple of stops.

I love the camera. It's the digital equivalent of the Contax G2. The viewfinder is joy. I even like the the noise of the shutter. Weirdly, I always think the files look disappointing on my screen but they print up beautifully.

Both camera and lens were bought second-hand. I think Fuji gear is priced too high to buy new.

Wow! Thanks to everyone for your very complete answers to my question. I didn't realize that Mike had broken this out as a separate post until now. Thanks Mike!

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