Fuji 56mm f1.2 or 16-55mm f2.8?

Started Jan 16, 2019 | Questions thread
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Re: Fuji 56mm f1.2 or 16-55mm f2.8?

charley5 wrote:

Hi Everyone:

I am new to Fuji cameras and lenses and I am having difficulty deciding between these two lenses. Mostly it will be used for travel photography. I take posed street shots. In my last photo excursion I took pictures of children at a slum in New Delhi and previous to that I took pictures of gypsy road workers in an encampment in a small Himalayan town. As I say, all were posed. I am less interested in spontaneous street shots.

My considerations:

The 16-55mm gives me a flexible focal range, is very sharp relative to other zoom lenses, and I can use it for the occasional landscape shots as well. Unfortunately it is heavy and thus less attractive as a travel lens.

The 56mm is a superb lens that is a little less heavy than the aforementioned zoom, and delivers excellent and natural quality. Downside is that in some situations I would like to have the flexibility of a zoom lens, particularly in my location relative to the subject, and in terms of the amount of background I wish to include.

Any thoughts? I am sure there are people who use these lenses and have opinions regarding the above.

Thanks!

-Charles

If you are almost exclusively taking people shots in situations where subject isolation would be either helpful or a major requirement, then the 56/1.2 would be sort of a no-brainer.  However, for travel — particularly if you plan any other sorts of travel related photography as well — then the 16-55 would give you far more flexibility.  Unless all of your shots are staged, where you have control over subject distance, background, etc., travel photography often requires a range of different focal length, depending on the situation.  A fast zoom like the 16-55 is almost perfect for those situations.

Both lenses have some substance to them, with the 16-55 being about 50% heavier at 655g vs. 405g.  Having used both, I’m not sure I found the difference to be all that noticeable, but that’s an individual preference thing and something you’d have to judge for yourself by handling both lenses.  As primarily a zoom shooter, particularly for travel, the 16-55 would clearly be (and is) my choice for its versatility, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to your own preferences and needs.

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