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#1 dknolles

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 07:22 PM

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Hi all,

Looking for suggestions/advice on what to partner my xf 27mm pancake lenses with for my XT-10.

Reading all the prime lense reviews I'm tempted by the 35/2 or the 50//2, as both prime lenses are in and around my budget.

In terms of usage, it will mainly be portrait, but I'd also like to get some nice DOF shots for my trip to Lapland in December especially as there is a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Appreciate that for that there are a whole multitude of different wide angled lenses that are out there, but I don't have the budget for a one off specialist lense, so it's between the 35 and 50.

Which one would best complement the 27/2.8, in terms of offering something different, they both review well and offer 'rich bokeh which would be nice? Or is there another player that I've missed off my short list that I should consider instead of these? I know personal preference and all that, but thought I'd stick this out there!

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:24 PM

35mm is very close to 27mm, so I'd choose 50/2


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:28 PM

I think, in terms of offering something different, 50/2 will be better partner for 27.

Because 35/2 close enough in both focal range and aperture values - then why to keep in bag 2 similar lenses.


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:32 PM

Personally, I prefer the f/1.4 versions of Fuji's primes, but if the f/2 is more in line with your budget and you find the weather resistance reassuring you won't be disappointed. For me, I don't really compare the focal length of the 27mm to the other lenses in my collection when I'm deciding what to pack for a trip or purchase. Among my lenses, I consider the 27mm to be a specialty lens. I use it when I want to keep a low-profile for street photography or when I want the smallest possible camera. It is a great lens, but my most used lenses are the 23mm and 35mm and it doesn't bother me at all that the 27mm is so close in focal length, especially with how small and light the 27mm is. I think there is a lot of value in owning all three.

 

If you're looking for something to shoot a lot of portraits with, then I would go for the 50mm. If you want something that has a little more versatility, the 35mm is a good choice, but it is pretty close in focal length to the 27mm. As I stated above, that doesn't bother me, but I know it's an important consideration for some people. Also, if you like to do portraits that show a bit of the environment around the subject, then the 35mm is a good choice.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:14 AM

With the 27 it would be the 50.

Otherwise sell the 27 and get the 35 1.4
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:04 AM

I’d go for the 18mm f2 for when you want to go wider, and the 50mm f2 for when you want to go longer.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:19 PM

Yeah, what about the 18mm f/2 ? It's small and the quality is decent. For northern lights, you might need something wide, 35 or 50 won't be very comfortable...

 

If you're into landscape photography too, the Samyang 12mm f/2 is an awesome and cheap lens as well. It outperforms all Fuji lenses for astrophotography as well.

 

Otherwise, I agree with the others : the 35mm is a great little lens, but too close to the 27mm. The 50mm is a better option as a complement lens.


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#8 dknolles

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:57 AM

Some great feedback, thanks.

 

I'm now leaning towards purchasing 18mm f/2 or  Samyang 12mm f/2 for landscape, keeping the 27mm pancake lens for convenience and portability and also purchasing the 50/2 to offer a bit more length.

 

I feel with these 3 in the bag it offers a bit of variation.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:45 PM

Some great feedback, thanks.

 

I'm now leaning towards purchasing 18mm f/2 or  Samyang 12mm f/2 for landscape, keeping the 27mm pancake lens for convenience and portability and also purchasing the 50/2 to offer a bit more length.

 

I feel with these 3 in the bag it offers a bit of variation.

 

For your trip I think the 12mm is an excellent choice. Should be able to get some wonderful aurora shots (or astro in general). If that's a big goal for you while there, it's a great investment given the price.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:36 AM

Personally, I prefer the f/1.4 versions of Fuji's primes, but if the f/2 is more in line with your budget and you find the weather resistance reassuring you won't be disappointed. For me, I don't really compare the focal length of the 27mm to the other lenses in my collection when I'm deciding what to pack for a trip or purchase. Among my lenses, I consider the 27mm to be a specialty lens. I use it when I want to keep a low-profile for street photography or when I want the smallest possible camera. It is a great lens, but my most used lenses are the 23mm and 35mm and it doesn't bother me at all that the 27mm is so close in focal length, especially with how small and light the 27mm is. I think there is a lot of value in owning all three.

 

If you're looking for something to shoot a lot of portraits with, then I would go for the 50mm. If you want something that has a little more versatility, the 35mm is a good choice, but it is pretty close in focal length to the 27mm. As I stated above, that doesn't bother me, but I know it's an important consideration for some people. Also, if you like to do portraits that show a bit of the environment around the subject, then the 35mm is a good choice.

 

As always it comes down to a) what you photograph the most. B) what lenses you feel comfortable with and in some case 3) weight of what you are prepared to lug around!

 

I am very happy with the 14mm/23mm/50mm/90mm - I would rarely have them all with me. I find the 23mm a great street lens, the 50 is good for portarits and just about all general photography. The 90 is great off a boat or wherever you need reach. The 14mm will be my least used lens but when I photograph classic cars I will use it then and lanscape. 

 

It all comes down to personal preferences, and those are different for everyone. There is no substitute for visiting a dealer and trying out lenses. That way you get a feel for the lens, a feel for the coverage etc. Of course we don't speak of zooms here. I do keep hearing great things about the 18-55 which for some I suppose could be the only lens required. Make a great travel lens couple with a 90mm in my view.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:10 PM

Hmmm, the 50 or 55? Too much choice that's the problem, but agree there's no substitute for trying them out first hand.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 06:09 AM

That is of course if your local dealer has any in stock! It seems here in Switzerland no problem with primes, but zooms are rarely in the shop....... I have contemplated the 18-55 or the 16-55 so that I could travel with 2 lenses the 90mm F2 and one of these two zooms. However I refuse to buy unless I can touch and feel in the shop beforehand. I am having second thoughts about the 16-55 being roughly the size of the 90mm and weight. It has a 77mm filter! I am not sure for travel particularly street with a lens of that size. On the other hand 2 lenses means less lens changes.


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Posted 15 October 2017 - 05:04 PM

For cost saving toward buying (another) wide lens, you could get manual lens for portrait lens (50/55/57/58mm). Plenty inexpensive manual lens out there.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 05:11 PM

imo your plan of 18, 27, 50 is solid. the 18 and 27 are different enough focal lengths, but they overlap a little in being the two Fuji lenses closest to a "pancake" (not that that's a problem!). if you wanted a wider aperture lens you could replace the 27 with the 35 1.4, and use that to complement the 18. or just get the manual focus Meke 1.7 for like $100 in addition to everything else :) the 50mm will definitely satisfy re: portraits, so I think you'll have a really nice range.


 
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