Buying the X-T4 - but which kit lens

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tcdc12321 Regular Member • Posts: 149
Re: Buying the X-T4 - but which kit lens

Michael Berg wrote:

Hello all,

Recently sold my X-T2 in preparation for my expected GAS ahead of the X-T4 release

Now the time is nearing and since I sold the X-T2 with its kit lens (the 18-55 F2.8-4 OIS), I find myself needing another good, general walk around kit lens.

I kind of planned to get another 18-55 but now Fuji has released the 16-80 F/4 I see that this lens is very highly recommended for just that purpose. Only ... the zoom/focus issues are worrying. I don't do a lot of video work so .. meh. Corner image quality and image quality consistency in general is also somewhat worrying. But the lens just seems to well made.

Now that the X-T4 comes with IBIS, the older 16-55 F/2.8 is suddenly really interesting again. Much better image quality and the X-T4 can now compensate for the missing OIS.

So. Which kit lens would you buy today, along with the X-T4?

I'll shake things up a bit. I would buy the following two kit lenses:

  • 16-55
  • 15-45

The former would be my high-IQ and portrait lens, and the latter would be my lightweight hiking lens. The 15-45 is actually sharper than the 16-55 wide open, believe it or not. It's a really good lens at the wide end, although by 20mm or so it's already down from great to good.

The 18-55 is great, but I would prefer the two above. The 16-80 might not even be as sharp as the 16-50 XC, let alone the 18-55 or 18-135. It's a dud. Not worth of an X-T4.

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