27mm F2.8 opinions?

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Doug Pardee
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Slow and noisy AF
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sixfootzero wrote:

On the X-E1, with latest firmware, the lens is slow to focus and can have trouble locking on in very dark conditions.

Yeah. The 27mm focuses by moving the entire optical assembly in and out, requiring a considerably slower, more powerful AF motor than the linear motor in the 18-55. As a result, the AF motor in the 27mm is quite slow and noisy when hunting. And with the X-E1, all AF is hunting because it doesn't have PDAF.

If that's not an issue, great!

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RogueOne Regular Member • Posts: 105
Re: 27mm F2.8 opinions?
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Two months ago I purchased my first Fuji, the X-E3 and the 27m lens.  So I don't have any other lenses to compare to, but I bought it because I wanted to have a camera with me all the time.  It's been great.  I use the Peak Design leash strap, and it's nothing at all to sling it over my shoulder when running errands, walks, etc.

I'm not much for stuff in pockets, but the slim design you could stash it in a jacket/coat pocket easily.  I love having a camera with me more frequently.

It has no aperture ring, but from the X-E3 I can use the front dial to adjust aperture so not a big deal.

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quintana Regular Member • Posts: 348
Re: 27mm F2.8 opinions?

Buttons252 wrote:

However, X-H1 is a lot bigger then i thought and i dont think a pancake lens is so appealing now.

I really like the 27/2.8 and using it with the X-H1 is a joy because of the IBIS. The tiny lens on the big camera certainly looks odd and I have to admit that I had to get used to that. But other than that the two work great together.

It is a very capable lens. Always sharp in the center and stopped down the corners also look very good. Considering its low price tag it is almost a nobrainer if you want a pocketable camera which it becomes with everything smaller than an X-H1 and maybe X-T3. I bought the X-E3 as a secondary camera just for the 27/2.8 and 15-45/3.5-5.6.

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JNR
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Rod McD wrote:

Hi,

The 27mm is a great little lens - usable WO but better - very sharp - once stopped down a tad. I find the lack of an AR somewhat annoying because for me, the MO is different from all my other Fuji lenses except the 50-230. If Fuji ever release a MkII with an AR, I'd trade up......

I think whether you can get an XE +27mm into a pocket rather depends on your definition of "pocket'. Jacket pocket - certainly. Is it a good idea to put a piece of precision optical gear into a pocket is another question. Maybe it says something about me or my laundry, but in my experience pockets tend to get full of dust, lint, glider clips, keys, bits of sandy shells the kids picked up and asked me to carry, etc, etc, etc, you get the idea - all inimical to optical gear..... How about a dedicated belt pouch?

Cheers, Rod

Good point about pocket lint and dust. My cargo pants pockets tend to stay pretty clean as they have a side zipper that makes it easy to clean out. In any event, a good solution would be to utilize one of those micro-fiber bags that come with eyeglasses to protect the camera and lens in a pocket. The bag doubles as a cleaning cloth.

More often, I have the camera along in a work satchel or briefcase.

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Joachim Gerstl
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here are some samples

http://www.littlebigtravelingcamera.com/?p=7837

plus some thoughts. I think it is a very fine lens.

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Steve Bingham
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Here is an example. I have others.
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Straightened a little and cropped a little. At 100% it should give you some idea. I think it is a very sharp lens. Taken with a doors-off helicopter. I chose it because of size and lightness. Notice the extreme depth of field. Check the corners.

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Buttons252
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I like the X-H1 a lot, but its really not the camera body i wanted.  I want all of its features in an X-E3.    I really wanted a do it all camera in a range finder body... without Xpro 3 price tag

All that said, the 90mm F2 is freaking AMAZING on the X-H1.   I can take a picture of rubbish in bad light and still marvel at the pixels.

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Buttons252
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Re: many photos with that lens there:

Those look amazing.

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Re: Here is an example. I have others.

Looks good to me.

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Steve Bingham
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And another example.
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Again, leveled a little and cropped. Notice also that I replaced the sky using Luminar.

Again, extreme DOF for corner judging. Helicopter was banking so ground was pretty close (lower right). Leveled and skies replaced with Luminar.

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Chris Dodkin
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27mm all the way
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Great lens, with a unique set of coatings to avoid flare, even in full sun

Very nice wide open at f/2.8

Get's you good subject separation

Makes a great lens for shooting street from the hip, no-one notices it at all

Stops down to impressive sharpness

Great walkabout lens that means you take it with you more often

Everyone should own this lens - I think it gets overlooked too often!

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RichardRE Regular Member • Posts: 137
Re: 27mm F2.8 opinions?

RogueOne wrote:

It has no aperture ring, but from the X-E3 I can use the front dial to adjust aperture so not a big deal.

Seems that I cannot see how to set up the front wheel on my X-E3 for controlling aperture. Or, I just forgot after making other changes! What setting do I revert back to?

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RogueOne Regular Member • Posts: 105
Re: 27mm F2.8 opinions?

RichardRE wrote:

RogueOne wrote:

It has no aperture ring, but from the X-E3 I can use the front dial to adjust aperture so not a big deal.

Seems that I cannot see how to set up the front wheel on my X-E3 for controlling aperture. Or, I just forgot after making other changes! What setting do I revert back to?

If you press in on the front dial, you can switch it from Aperture > ISO control.  Or I think it's also in the menu under the Custom Function buttons as well.

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RichardRE Regular Member • Posts: 137
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Thanks. Seems I forgot that simple edit of the wheels {and other buttons). Just long press and change.

-Richard

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I bought mine for about US$70 a year ago only because it was so cheap with discounts and cashback. I am still surprised how nice the images are at smaller apertures, it gets a little soft wide open. Compared to my 16 f1.4 and 35 f1.4 I find it hard to tell the difference at anything over f4. My 50 f2 is noticeably sharper though.

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Cropped image but i'm still happy with IQ.

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Pan50 Regular Member • Posts: 491
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The XE1 or XT1 with 27mm lens is my go-to travel kit. Easy to carry, great little lens, sharp. Even with the XT1 and battery grip it’s easy to conceal under a jacket.

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