Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?

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Re: Lens recommendation: is 23mm a must-have?
In reply to TravelLight, Mar 14, 2014

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).


I've used the 14mm & 18-55mm lenses with my X-E1 for the last year, and these have served quite well. Together, they make a nice travel kit. I purchased the 55-200mm when it became available, and it's been pretty good at local wildlife shots. I also used it capturing lighting strikes in the dark.

Like you, I wouldn't put the 56mm to enough use to make it worth the expense. The 60mm on sale for $400 is way more attractive. Team it with the Raynox DCR-250 and you'll have a decent 1:1 ratio macro lens.

With the current lens sale I purchased the 23mm and the 27mm. When I bought the X-E1, I knew the two lenses I wanted to have were the 14mm and 23mm; the 35mm-50mm equiv. is tighter than I like to use; I prefer the 35mm equiv. FOV. And that last phrase tells the whole story - it's all on you to know what lenses you "need" to have from experience.

I haven't used the new Fuji 23mm much yet; the weather's been too cold and inclement to induce me to get me out use it. But I do know this, I'll be using the little 27mm lens more than 23mm; it's good enough to turn the X-E1 into an everyday carry camera, great for street shooting.  Other than the f/1.4 aperture, my XF-23mm may have become relegated to low-light photography.

At $200, the XF27mm lens is a steal and worth every penny of it.

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