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Lenses for X-E2...fujinon vs 3rd party MF


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Hi all.

After a long break from photography I've decided to get back into it and am about to purchase a Fuji X-E2 body (which I deem more than adequate for my needs at this point). 


I had previously shot Canon but could never really afford decent glass for it. But I see times have changed and not only do Fuji seem to have some reasonably priced XF lenses, there are a number of recommended 3rd party manufacturers in the game.


I am still very much on a budget but don't need much for my particular interests. Thinking a 10-12mm, a 23-27mm and a 35mm should meet my needs (mainly street with some landscapes) and perhaps a 50mm or 60-100mm later. I'm only interested in prime lenses and reckon it comes down to a decision over whether I want AF or not.


Been looking at the Fujinon f1.4s which tick the boxes but will take me a long time to purchase given my financial situation. Happy to take it slow though if that's the general concensus (would be happier with one very good lens than three average).


The other option is the MF offerings from 7artisans, TTartisans and the like. I could pick up a few with very wide apertures (up to 0.95) very affordably. But I'm interested in the opinions of those who have used and compared them both (Fuji and non-Fuji). I don't have any natural objection to MF as I used it way back for film, but I haven't shot a mirrorless digital with a manual lens and never used zoom focusing, focus peaking etc. From what I've seen it's pretty quick and straightforward if slightly slower than AF. I must admit that the AF on my old canon DSLR used to annoy the hell out of me with the incessant hunting for focus and noise. But that was a long time ago and I'm guessing things have changed (these were also very much lower end Canon lenses).


I've had a search already, but if anyone would mind offering their opinions based on experience I'd be very grateful.


Many thanks...

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I've been happy with the Rokinon 12mm F2 that I picked up used for under $200. I also have the TTArtisans 50mm F1.2 that I've been happy with. Neither lens is close to perfect with both suffering from a bit of vignetting and fall off on the edges. When wide open the 50mm focus is a bit soft in the center but sharp at 2.8.  The build quality on both lenses is very good with the 50mm being aluminum while the 12mm is plastic. 

There are several reviews of these and other Chinese made manual focus lenses out on YouTube that are worth checking out.

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You can pick up Fuji's F2 for very little on the used market.  The 23, 35, and 50 F2's are great little lenses, have AF, weather sealing, and great optical quality.  Typical used prices for any of them are $275-300 and they really aren't dropping anymore.  So if you change paths later, they will be worth what you paid for them.  Maybe try the MF Rokinon 12mm and the Fuji 35 or 50 to get started.  Use the Fuji as your portrait lens where AF might be really useful.

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