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  1. Albert
    March 9, 2020 @ 12:35 am

    Nice photos. You are certainly making good use of your single lens, and at this point you have a good opportunity to not over buy into your new system.

    I migrated to fujifilm from decades with Nikon, both film and full frame DSLRs. My experiment was suppose to be with a single camera, the XT2, and a single len, a 23mm. Like you, the files that I was getting from that setup were so impressive that I found it hard to keep taking the Nikons out when the fairly petite fuji was so much easier to always have with me.

    My mistake… I started buying every lens that I saw used in mostly online posts and articles touting the fuji system. I am now up to 3 bodies and eight lenses and my results are not exponentially better for having more potential. Where I would have previously just made the 23mm work by visualizing and moving to the right spot instinctually, now I go through mental gyrations just decide on what lens to use. The process uses more mental RAM and slows everything down. Even if I only take two or three lenses for an outing, I vasilate and second guess the choices leading to much frustration.

    If I could go back 18 months, I’d spend much more time with that 23mm lens enjoying the freedom of having no other choices.

    Again, nice images.

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    • Suzanne O'Connor
      March 9, 2020 @ 11:11 am

      Thank you so much Albert and it’s nice to have an opinion from your point of view with regards to the one lens, I never thought about it that way before.
      I’m not getting sick of having to move around to get the image, It’s that sometimes the image I have in my head doesn’t look how it want it to look using the 23mm, the image would only come out the way if imagined it with a tighter crop.
      After hearing your advice I do think it’s a good thing that I can only add to my kit one piece at a time, slowly over time.

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      • Fran Velasco
        March 9, 2020 @ 6:48 pm

        If the 56 wasn’t so slow to focus, big, heavy and was WR, I’d sell every other lens and would be happy forever with a 23+56mm. The less you have the more you use it and the more you know your gear!

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        • Suzanne O'Connor
          March 9, 2020 @ 7:05 pm

          I haven’t had a chance to actually try it yet, I didn’t know it was slow to focus. I’m planning on renting it for a wedding this June to try and then I will also rent the 35mm 1.4 for another event. I want to definitley try both before I buy one or the other. Glad I made a good choice with the 23mm being my first lens though!

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          • Fran Velasco
            March 9, 2020 @ 7:15 pm

            I find the 35 so close to 23mm that I just carry one of them at any given moment. I use to bring 23mm 1.4 on travels because of the light it captures, while the 35mm I use it as a small prime to outing in the city or with the family because of size.

            You can crop 24mpx from the 23mm to get a 35mm FOV with 16mpx (what the X100 series does) so I guess the 56mm will win you out. I love my 50 f2 and the bigger brother seems to be even more creamy!

    • Fran Velasco
      March 9, 2020 @ 5:44 pm

      Sell everything you think it’s slowing you down! I sold 2 Canon bodies, 3 zoom L lenses and 2 primes and bought an X-T1 plus 14+23mm four years ago, and that’s what I used for 3 more years in a row. Still rocking the X-T1 and the 23mm f1.4. I recently sold the 14 to get the 16mm f2.8 and bought a 35 and 50 f2 primes, but 23 and 35 are used 90% of the time and most importantly: they never travel together. That way I keep using 23 for general shooting while having a wider and a tele (16+50) for those unusual pictures. Anyway, most of the time I just carry one body one lens.

      Wow, what a rant haha!

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      • Albert
        March 9, 2020 @ 6:04 pm

        Yeah, I mentally built up some lens pairs for outings. A 16 and 35, or a 23 and 50, just enough to make swapping glass worth the effort. Problem is that I have lenses outside those ranges and can talk myself out of anything before I leave the house.

        Like you said, I seem more productive with one camera and one lens so that is my normal mode.

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      • Albert
        March 9, 2020 @ 6:04 pm

        Yeah, I mentally built up some lens pairs for outings. A 16 and 35, or a 23 and 50, just enough to make swapping glass worth the effort. Problem is that I have lenses outside those ranges and can talk myself out of anything before I leave the house.

        Like you said, I seem more productive with one camera and one lens so that is my normal mode.

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