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What is your ideal two prime combo?


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I’ve always been a big fan of just carrying two lenses with for practically everything and like many users I adore primes for their sharpness and fast aperture. What would be your ideal two prime lens kit? I’ve been considering two combos: the 23mm 1.4 R LM WR paired with the 56mm 1.2 R WR, or the 18mm 1.4 R LM WR paired with the 33mm 1.4 R LM WR. What would be your choice of combo?

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5 hours ago, man-overboard said:

16/33/56

Hi,

Could I ask what body you run with the 16/33/56. I'm currently looking at the 16 and 18 for my 2nd 1.4 prime but a lot of people say I'm better off buying the 18 1.4 especially since the price of the 16 1.4 and 18 1.4 in my country is basically the same.

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I use primes only. 18mm 1.4 R LM WR and the 33mm 1.4 R LM WR. are the two I use most and what I would consider my 'ideal' kit. I mainly shoot flowers and architecture. I also have the 56mm 1.2 R WR (used only occasionally) and 80mm 2.8 macro (used often for my in-studio flower photography. I rarely carry it out in the field due to its size and weight.) The newer Fujinon primes are hard to beat IMHO.🙂

Using all the above on an X-T4.

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I like all these lenses mentioned but if I didn't have the 10-24 and replaced that with a prime, I would want the 13mm Viltrox or 14mm Fuji.  Or maybe even the new 8mm Fuji.  But not everyone loves ultra wides like I do.  If you don't shoot landscapes, the 16mm is probably wide enough.

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On 6/17/2023 at 7:44 PM, Cado406 said:

I’ve always been a big fan of just carrying two lenses with for practically everything and like many users I adore primes for their sharpness and fast aperture. What would be your ideal two prime lens kit? I’ve been considering two combos: the 23mm 1.4 R LM WR paired with the 56mm 1.2 R WR, or the 18mm 1.4 R LM WR paired with the 33mm 1.4 R LM WR. What would be your choice of combo?

18/33, both because those are my two fav focal lengths and I also think the 18 is the best lens of the bunch

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I think I'd vote for the 18 mm f/1.4 plus the 80 mm f/2.8 Macro.

I want to be able to shoot pretty wide, which I can always crop, and I should be able to shoot fairly fast. Thus the 18.

Given that, the 80 has much better reach, and can shoot quite small too.

These are both lenses I own and like.

If you let me have 3, I'd put the 35 f/1.4 in the middle, and pick maybe 14 mm for the wide. Or maybe even 8 mm.

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