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Just bought an X-Pro 2 and looking for a lens....

Discussion in 'Fujifilm Cameras' started by Rhys, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Rhys

    Rhys Sasquatch

    Hi folks, long tome no post (mostly on Farcebook now..)
    Just took the plunge into mirrorless and bought an X-Pro 2 off fleabay. Ordered a 50mm 7artisans 50mm lens then realised it wasn't actually 50mm.. D'oh! Anyway, it's coming in from China sometime in the next week or so and it was cheap so I'm keeping it for now.

    Thing it I'm wanting a general purpose lens and either thinking of the 18-55 'kit lens' which I've read is pretty good, or may be tempted by the Mitakon Speedsmaster II 35mm f0.95 as it's got rave reviews as well as being T0.95 and acting as a f1.4 on the crop (but still T0.95). Only thing putting me off is the stepless aperture ring and lack of info to camera body (manual doesn't really bother me to be honest, I grew up on manual). Only other thing is it's the equivalent of a 50mm on the crop sensor and I fancied something a bit wider tbh - though it isn't the end of the world,,

    Other lenses I was considering were L/M39 screw thread Leica fit with a convertor to fit Fuji X. I've looked at the cheap end Leica lenses of that period and they are generally 50mm as well so no good. I quite liked the look of the collapsables elmar etc. but they appear to have soft glass, slow speeds and aren't that sharp.

    I've also got several Nikon fit lenses (Tokina 12-24 ATX thing on DX - but not sure what that would work out as with a converter?) and several Carl Zeiss M42 lenses but the convertors are pretty big and defeats having a nice compact body to put them on..

    So,,,,, I know a few on here have the X-Pro 1/2, what do you use and why? An would you recommend the 18-55 kit lens or the 35mm Mitakon? Or something else?

    Budget is around £350 to £400
     
  2. Rhys

    Rhys Sasquatch

    I did have the 7artisans 25mm on a winning bid (of £40) but after reading about it, it was rubbish! edge softness and terrible vignetting..
     
  3. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I use the kit lens 18-55 and 35mm f2 Fuji.

    Work for me on the X-T10.

    S
     
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Fuji XF lenses are very good. The XC lenses less so but not rubbish. I'd stick to the XF unless you have a real hankering to use older manual focus lenses via an adaptor. If coming from 35 mm the crop factor is 1.5. Fuji have released lots of models over a short period of time, the bodies obsolete but I don't think there has been an update of any fuji lens.

    I have the three zooms, 10-24, 18-55, 55-200 and as far as image quality is concerned they match my full frame Canon system with 'L' lenses except perhaps at 10-11mm vs 16 mm of a 16-35 L
     
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  5. Rhys

    Rhys Sasquatch

    I think I'm leaning towards the kit lens, and it's got OIS so I guess that opens it up a stop?
     
  6. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Lovely lens, but I prefer the 35mm as it is considerably smaller. And lighter.

    S
     
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  7. Rhys

    Rhys Sasquatch

    I've lent that much I've pulled the trigger on one..
    advert says..
    'it comes with a fuji petal lens hood which is reversible on the lens,and a third party aluminium open back lens hood which fits via the 58 mm filter thread on the lens also supplied is a Hoya pro 1 UV Digital filter with a 58 mm thread in its original case,it comes in a fuji lens carry bag with front and rear lens caps'
     
  8. Rhys

    Rhys Sasquatch

    I guess... My main camera is a Nikon D3s with 28-105 AF-D so I don't think weight plays much of a part except lugging my camera gear around pulls my back put lol hence the Fuji.

    Looking for a small bag to carry my X-Pro 2 around in now. I like the look of the ONA Bowery, but a) it's expensive and b) it looks like a handbag..
     
  9. Phiggys

    Phiggys Member

    My Xpro1 and or XE2 are usually packed into a small bag with XF18mm f2.0 much maligned and now improved with firmware updates, along with XF27mm f 2.8, XF23mm f2.0,XF 35mm f2.0, XF50mm f2.0 and finally the XF90mmf2.0,
    oh and I have just added a XF16mm f2.8 to the bag with is still lightweight in comparison to my Nikon kit and bag.
    The smaller and lighter f2 lenses can now be picked up at reasonable prices used :)
    And I know from a few fellow togs that's have purchased various Viltrox lenses they offer excellent value and quality.
    I'm finding the XF27mm f2.8 a nice compromise not to wide or to short :)
     
  10. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    I just love the 23mm f2 as a trusty standby left on the xt4.
     
  11. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The 18-55 is far from a kit lens, it's a well constructed high quality item. A kit lens is almost all plastic and all but given away with cameras. The 18-55 is up with the more expensive standard zooms, it is unlikely to disappoint, it's also a good match for the cameras as it is not too heavy and bulky.
     
  12. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the 18-55 lens. Don’t be afraid to buy used as several where bought as part of a kit and never used.
     
  13. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I actually bought a second 18-55, it just looked so lonely sitting in the case at CEX and they don't sell at crazy prices there.
     
  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Of course it is a kit lens. It is paired with a body and the pair sold in one box. Mine was with an XE-2. The same goes for my Canon 24-105 L that I bought as a kit with a 5D back in 2007.
     
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  15. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    It is not a kit lens in the manner to which many refer, nor is the Canon 24-105L. Kit lens has tended to become a derogatory term for the cheaply made items bundled with entry level cameras, usually with rather iffy edge resolution.
     
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  16. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Some kit lenses may be poor, some mediocre, some very good.

    The distinction I draw of a kit lens is whether the manufacturer sells a package comprising a body and a lens as a kit. Both my XE-2 + 18-55 and my 5D +24-105 L came in their own packages as kits. Therefore it is fair to describe both lenses as kit lenses. Both are very good.

    Of course both are also sold as standalone lenses. If you draw a line and say a kit lens is a lens only sold as part of a kit and not sold separately, then that is a different matter, but it isn’t quality (or lack of) that defines whether a lens is ‘kit’ or not.
     
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  17. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    I have the 18-55 f2.8 which is obviously larger and more weighty. A cracking lens, but not cheap and perhaps a bit of overkill compared to f2.8-4 which is very good value for money.
     
  18. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee Member

    Do you mean the 16-55mm? Bought new it's cheaper than the 16, 35 and 50mm bought together secondhand.
     
  19. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Yes, sorry typo.
     
  20. Phiggys

    Phiggys Member

    You have certainly chosen wisely XF18-55mm f2.8/4 is a cracking little lens and covers a few lens options in one I’m sure you will not be disappointed with it :)
     

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