Lenses: Did they get it right??

Started Jun 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
lnbolch
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Re: Lenses: Did they get it right??
In reply to deednets, Jun 10, 2013

A tribute to history—in the golden age of photojournalism half a century back, the classic kit was a rangefinder body with a 28, 50 and 90mm lens. The great shooters with Look, Life and the FSA used this combination for their timeless images. With the design of the X-Pro1, it certainly seems appropriate. Interestingly as well, the fourth lens was the 14mm—21mm equivalent view. Those who felt cramped by the 28mm added a 21mm SuperAngulon, which was the widest lens for a very long time. Fuji nailed the digital equivalent of this classic kit—perfectly appropriate for the initial offering.

The Zeiss Touit lenses are designed for only two cameras, and I expect primarily designed for the Sony, so it is appropriate that they too will be mentioned. Even though this may be a Fuji forum, mentioning this is simply a matter of context. Clearly Fuji is pleased with Zeiss, since the lenses are now shown in the roadmap. The Samyang/Bower/Rokinon are not.

The choice of focal lengths was almost certainly the decision of Zeiss—not Fuji—and to a degree may be somewhat redundant. And, it is not unusual. Among CaNikon SLRs, Sigma, Tokina and Tamron mirror the line-ups of the host brand to a high-degree, plus you will also find Samyang/Bower/Rokinon and Zeiss making lenses in similar focal lengths and even apertures.

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