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If you could choose only 2 lenses for the Fuji X System, What would you choose?

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I have decided to get only 2 lenses for the XT-4 which I am going to purchase pretty soon. I've decided on the 23mm f1.4 for the wide end. I cannot decide what other lens to get with the 23mm. I dont require weather sealing and I prefer sharpness over any and everything else.

Please suggest me a good lens to go with it. Primes, Zooms anything will do. But my budget is $999 for the 2nd lens.

I am new to this forum so please excuse any mistakes I have made.

 

Regards,

Anish

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You asked an open question for 2 lenses and then closed it down by saying you had decided already on the 23mm!

My 2 choices would be (and in fact are) the 10-24mm and the 18-55mm standard lens. If you wanted a third choice then I'd add the 55-200mm zoom but very often I just crop an image from the 18-55mm on my X-T2 and that suffices. With the X-T4 you'll have even more pixels to play with so you may not need a longer zoom. 

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Only 2 lenses? 10-24 and 55-200 would be my choices. But I'm a landscape/nature shooter who hikes, as much as I love primes if limited to two lenses I'd have to go with those.

For a second lens to pair with the 23/1.4, I'd pair the 56mm f1.2 for sure.

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I’d go with my 16-55 and 50-140mm lenses. Though I’m sure I’d wish for something wider, so I’d hide my 10-24mm in the mix ;)

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That's a tough choice for me!

I would NEVER give up my 35mm 1.4. Without a doubt that one is a keeper.  The second lens... 16-55, or the 16 1.4, or the 18-55.  Not sure here

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Which genres of photography are you in? Landscape, portrait, reportage, food, stills, animals, family ... ? I think that's what would narrow  down the possibilities considerably. I wouldn't call 23 mm "the wide end" in the Fuji X system, it's really more of a standard focal length (a 35 in the full frame world). Personally, if I could only have two lenses, I'd go with the 35 f1.4 and the 18 f.2, but that's more because of their special rendering (almost film-like, as many would argue). That would be about the equivalent of the 50 mm and the 28 mm in the full frame world, my standard kit back in film days ... For sharpness, versatility and still acceptable low light capabilities I'd chose the 16-50 and the 50-140 (+1.4 converter). But that would be huge and heavy kit ...

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On 8/10/2020 at 6:10 PM, khollister said:

I agree that the 56/1.2 is the obvious partner to the 23/1.4. A lot depends though on what your specific interests are.

I would second this. In fact the only 3 lenses I own are the 23 1.4, 56 1.2 and 10-24, and the first two are used the most.

 

The only downside to the 56 is that it's not the fastest lens in terms of AF but still more than capable, and produces stunning images.

 

For me it's a no brainer to pair with the 23mm

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Without knowing your shooting preferences and style it's a hard question to respond to. In case you look for something longer than the 23mm (35mm FF equiv.), the 35, 50 or 56 are all great lenses. Depends on how much longer you need. The 56 has by the way the same filter thread as the 23 which can be convenient. If you really need 'long' then the 55-200  or the 50-140 are good additions that won't make your 23 redundant. The 50-140 however is well-over $1000, but you can look at used ones.

In case you want something wider, the 16 or even better the 14 or the 12mm Zeiss are great additions to your 23. Esp. the 14 pairs nicely since it has the same manual focus clutch as the 23 (in case you focus manually at all). The 16/f1.4 also has that, but might be too close in focal length to the 23.

As for zoom lenses, I guess you bought the 23 for a reason. The issue with buying a standard zoom next to it (like the 16-55 or the 18-55) is that you probably leave that on and might not use the 23 that much anymore. That is a pity since in terms of IQ it is one of Fuji's best lenses. Adding the 10-24 (which is on sale) is perhaps a better alternative as the long end (24) of that lens isn't the best part of that lens, which keeps the 23 a good extension.

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On 8/24/2020 at 2:26 AM, Herco said:

Without knowing your shooting preferences and style it's a hard question to respond to. In case you look for something longer than the 23mm (35mm FF equiv.), the 35, 50 or 56 are all great lenses. Depends on how much longer you need. The 56 has by the way the same filter thread as the 23 which can be convenient.

Definitely agree, without knowing what you're trying to capture, it's difficult to make a suggestion. If you're just looking for general photography coverage, the 56 is a good pairing with the 23. If you're shooting video, you'll probably want to consider something significantly wider with the crop factors for 4k and 240fps (also the vertical loss shooting landscape).

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I bought the XPro3 because I wanted a nice camera for the Voigtlander 35mm 1.4. It’s a great pairing. I then also opted for the Voigtlander 21mm 4.0 to bring me closer to 35mm on the crop sensor. Both lenses are wonderful on the X. 

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