Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?

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TravelLight
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Re: Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?
In reply to Conrad567, 4 months ago

Absolutely! Like a few people pointed out above, it's all about our individual style and preference. Although I think a lot of 35 fans will be thrilled if they do update the hardware (someone earlier said Fuji might at some point...)

Conrad567 wrote:

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.

The 35 is definitely the noisiest of the Fuji lenses. But the DOF control is simply beautiful. I am a portrait photographer though, and I am sure my lens preferences are influenced by that.

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