Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?

Started 5 months ago | Questions thread
Marcos Villaroman
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If it was me with your lineup, I'd go 23mm
In reply to TravelLight, 5 months ago

TravelLight wrote:

I have ordered X-T1 and the following lenses: 14mm, 18-55mm, 60mm, 55-200mm. So, with the lens sale ending soon, is there another lens I should buy?

I mainly do landscape, animals (my cat and wildlife encountered while hiking), street, and want to get into macro (mainly flowers and creatures on flowers/grass/leaves, etc.).

Is 23mm necessary if I already have the lenses above? Especially given that I don't really do street all that much, and already have 18-55? I really like 56mm but the price is so high that I definitely won't buy unless I have a real need (I don't do weddings or formal portraits -- not a pro).

Congratulations for getting all of that gear all at once.  I didn't go as crazy, "only" getting the 18-55, 27mm, 35mm, and 55-200mm.  Oh wait, I spent just about the same as you did. 

I really wanted to get the 56/1.2, but, I too felt that I should really wait for a sale.

So I also think you are at a great place to stop buying.  You can do a whole lot with your line up and as you stated, you don't do street that much.  I've been personally really pleased with how the 18-55 is working out for me.

However, if you really must get just one more lens, I personally would opt for the 23.  23mm and 60mm make a good two prime combo to which you can the 14mm if you want to go wider.

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