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Fuji XPro1 - lens recommendations

Discussion in 'Fujifilm Cameras' started by Bazarchie, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I have just bought used Fuji XPro1 and now need a lens. It will not be my main camera and will be used when I want to travel light and for people photos, indoor and outdoor.

    I do not want to spend much but I am not sure about the XC range. Tempted by the
    Fujifilm 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS XF Fujinon

    any reason not to or recommendations of better lenses?
     
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That is the standard zoom. I find it works for me. Being used to a 24-105 (on full frame) I miss the extra at each end. It is a shame they didn't do a 16-70 but the emphasis seems to be on primes.
     
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  3. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Excellent lens, fits in with the concept of the camera nicely. Sharp and compact, you will not be disappointed. I have some primes for mine, but I usually leave them at home, unless I think I will need them, in fact I sold my 18mm f2. This lens is several cuts above DSLR kit lenses. Also it is within the range of the OVF, which only runs to 60mm.
     
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  4. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    There is the 16-55, which is good, but also heavy and much bulkier than the 18-55, along with a much higher price tag. The 18-55 complements the cameras better imho.
     
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  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Yes. But it stops at 55. Its funny (peculiar) that the 55-200 always seens too long at 55 whereas I get along nicely with a 70-200 on full frame. I find myself lens swapping the 18-55 and 55-200 more than I lens swap on my Canon.
     
  6. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    None! As an all-rounder, the 18-55mm XF is superb. It encompasses the 'holy trinity' (if that's your thing) of 28/50/85mm (effective), and it does so, very well indeed. It's difficult to find anything bad to say about this lens. Any zoom lens has to be at least something of a compromise, but this is as close to being 'the exception to the rule' as it gets, IMHO.

    Regarding alternatives, it depends upon your requirements, of course - however, I understand that the 35mm f/1.4 is a first-class lens, although I've never used one.

    The 27mm pancake is excellent, and is very small and light. I borrowed one, once, for a few hours, to use on the x-E1 - very nice indeed.
     
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  7. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Can't disagree with any of that. The 35mm f1.4 is excellent, I must admit to only taking mine out when I think I will need it, I got lucky and paid a bargain price for mine, the 35mm f2 is just as good. The 18-55 is so good I don't feel the lack of the primes most of the time. The 27mm is great too, I bought an X-Pro1 kit with a case, the 18mm f2 and the 27mm. I added a used X-E1 as a spare body, then ended up using that rather than the X-Pro1, I just like it better. The X-Pro1 I originally chose as it was as close as I could get to my sold Contax G1. I still have the X-Pro1 with only a few hundred actuations on it, but sold the 18mm f2 in favour of a Samyang 16mm.
     
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  8. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I gather these kits were very good value. The used prices for the lenses suggest they hold their value, but the bodies depreciate a lot. I'm not sure this applies to all bodies, they do seem to regularly update the models. Not that I'm complaining given the price I paid.
     
  9. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I've got the 18-55 and the 35 f2.

    The 18-55 has the zoom, the 35 has the speed and is also a fair bit smaller and lighter.

    Both take better pics than I deserve.

    S
     
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  10. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    It's rare that I buy brand-new kit, but this worked out better than used. The 18mm lens I sold fetched a good price to a happy Ebay buyer. The bodies represent a very good buy in the used market, the 16mp ones are imho not noticeably inferior to the new 24mp variants for normal use. I can get a good A3 print from the X-E1 at 1600 iso, so I am not complaining.
     
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  11. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Yes... I'm sad to say that every item of photographic equipment I own takes better photos than I deserve. :( What makes this even worse is that I own at least three broken cameras... :eek:
     
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  12. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I wish I had the talent to be able to see a decent shot, but I don't. Possibly getting better or possibly wishful thinking. I do however enjoy taking photos and if I get some I like so much the better.

    After all the positive comments on the Fuji X series I am really looking forward to taking some shots when the lens arrives.
     
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  13. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    I think that most of us can identify with this. :)

    Which lens did you decide upon?
     
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  14. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I bought a used
    Fujifilm 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS XF
    Nothing but good reviews and the focal length range and speed should suit me fine. The last camera I used that wasn't a DSLR was a Fujifilm Finepix 6800.
     
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  15. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    You'll enjoy it.

    S
     
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  16. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I'll be amazed if you're not satisfied with this lens. If you really aren't, then I'd say that you've either got unrealistically high expectations from a mid-range zoom, or you've managed to find a dud sample...! ;):D

    Let us know how it goes.
     
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  17. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Lens arrived today, first impressions very good. I need to get used to the Fuji as it is different to my DSCLs.
     
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  18. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Always good when first impressions are favourable. :) I think you'll find the results favourable, too.

    I'm probably being a little dim, here - what's a DSCL? :confused:
     
  19. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    it is a typing error
     
  20. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Thanks Pete, it is indeed a typo. I am slightly dyslexic and rely on spellcheckers to pick up most errors, however I'm not sure there is one available when using this forum on an iPad.

    Is there a Fuji equivalent of Canon's safety shift on the X series? All I can find is auto iso which allows you to set various parameters.
     

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