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Which 3 primes combo is your ideal setup?


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23mm f/1.4

35mm f/1.4

56mm f/1.2

 

I find that there is very little I can't do with these based on my personal style of photography. I also own the 16mm f/1.4, but I only add that to my bag if I feel like the locations I'm visiting will require it. The 16mm has amazing image quality, but it's not something I use daily. For the most part I've found that the 23mm is wide enough for what I do and most of the time if I bring my 55-200mm I end up using it at 55 or a few shots close to 200. Bringing the 56mm instead of that means I gain a lot of options for depth of field and only miss out on a handful of long shots.

 

Having now used the Fuji gear for a while I would agree with your setup except 23mm mine is F2. I am sorely tempted to add my 90mm to that mix though when I am next away on a river. I just love Fuji colour and the end results of the images and the X-prime lenses are really fantastic value for money. The only thing I am not keen on are the lens hood quality of fit on the 14mm 2.8, 35mm F1.4 - the others are as good as any other make and are not loose. The 35mm 1.4 I discovered I can dispense with the loose square rubber front cover - it's useless anyway, such a poor fit I could have lost it on day one. The solution is to use the normal 52mm cap, which I admit is extremely fiddly to get at if one is too lazy to take off the hood and then the cap. But it can be done and is a better solution.

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I don't know whether I've missed something along the way, but here's my view: Firstly, I'm new to the digital world, having used film all the way (still using film as well as plates on occasion). I've always used prime lenses, with zooms being something  of a reluctant inclusion to my armoury. I'm still using the old glass a bit on my X-T5. However, I've found to my surprise that the kit lens, for a start, (the 16-80mm f4) is actually very good. I've also got the 55 - 200mm and the 35mm prime (this being my "nifty fifty". I'm happy with the coverage and happy with the IQ from them all at the middle aperture ranges which I use so much. Time was when I wouldn't have given a zoom much consideration at all, but these lenses aren't letting me down in any way. In fact, I was seriously impressed for once to find a kit lens which was a "keeper" (weather-resistance included!). If someone was starting out, they could get by very easily with that on its own for quite some time, without feeling the need to replace it soon after purchase. I only actually got the kit lens because I had nothing which would speak to the camera, and I wanted the camera to have every chance to show what it could do Given that my most used lenses on my SLRs were the 50mm and 135mm, I had those in effect from the off in one lens.

OK, they're not as quick as primes, but that isn't an issue for me. When I bought the X-T5 my intention was to buy a full set of primes over time, but I'm not feeling the need to at the moment. Am I missing something here? Genuine question. Don't be afraid to point fingers and laugh if I am missing something. I'm a big boy and I can take it! But, yes, that is my question and my quandary before I commit any further money in the Fujifil/Fujinon arena. 

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