Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?

Started 4 months ago | Questions thread
ballwin12
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In reply to TravelLight, 4 months ago

TravelLight wrote:

No, don't temp me with another option! I have searched here for multiple threads on 23 vs. 35. It seems the main complaint about 35 is that it has a different focus mechanism (don't remember the details) so it's AF is slower than 23, even with firmware update.

Conrad567 wrote:

I have the 23mm and the 18-55. The 23mm is definitely more capable of creating that artistic feel than the 18-55mm but the 18-55mm is every bit as sharp. If you already have the 35mm, it is VERY capable of creating an artistic feel if that is what you want. So I would say, it is definitely nice to have in the arsenal, but NOT a must have.

As I search through my photos, I rarely ever have a picture jump off of the page that I took with the 23mm. More often than not I can't tell the difference between pictures I took with it or with the 18-55mm zoom. However, I constantly have photos that I took with the 35mm jump out at me and make me say WOW, I TOOK THAT.

I have used both 23 and 35 and yes, I confirm that AF of 23mm is faster and much quieter than that of 35mm.

I think 23mm vs 35mm is just about focal length, and AF mechanism. Optically, they are at least equally ( I feel 23mm is little bit sharper wide open but not much). I could not live with that noise coming from 35mm ( latest FW), very annoying. I sold my 35mm right after I got 23mm.

I think i will down my set to 14, 23, 56: the best primes that Fuji has made.

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