Compact wide angle lens?

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Scriv
Scriv Contributing Member • Posts: 899
Compact wide angle lens?

I'm looking to build a small travel kit based on an XT30. I've already settled on the Fuji 23/f2, 35/f2, and 50/f2 lenses but I want a compact wide angle lens for landscapes. Something in the 15-20mm equivalent. I'm open to Fuji or third party brands, a prime is preferred but I'd consider a compact zoom. Any recommendations?

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dc_tonk Regular Member • Posts: 430
Re: Compact wide angle lens?
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Scriv wrote:

I'm looking to build a small travel kit based on an XT30. I've already settled on the Fuji 23/f2, 35/f2, and 50/f2 lenses but I want a compact wide angle lens for landscapes. Something in the 15-20mm equivalent. I'm open to Fuji or third party brands, a prime is preferred but I'd consider a compact zoom. Any recommendations?

The 16/2.8 is smaller than its f/1.4 sister.

10-24 is the native zoom option.

Rokinon 12 is highly regarded as well.

Compactness may vary depending on perspective.

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maxxxx Contributing Member • Posts: 931
Re: Compact wide angle lens?

dc_tonk wrote:

Scriv wrote:

I'm looking to build a small travel kit based on an XT30. I've already settled on the Fuji 23/f2, 35/f2, and 50/f2 lenses but I want a compact wide angle lens for landscapes. Something in the 15-20mm equivalent. I'm open to Fuji or third party brands, a prime is preferred but I'd consider a compact zoom. Any recommendations?

The 16/2.8 is smaller than its f/1.4 sister.

10-24 is the native zoom option.

Rokinon 12 is highly regarded as well.

Compactness may vary depending on perspective.

Both Rokinon 8 and 12 are pretty small.

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7rvar Regular Member • Posts: 214
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16mm f2.8 seems like the obvious answer.

14/27/60 or 14/18-55/60 are also nice for travel. It really depends on your style,

I like 23 f1.4, 56 f1.2 and Samyang 12 with my X-T20 because I often take pictures in low light.

How about Zeiss 12mm with Viltrox 23 and 56.

Too many possibilities but still 16mm f2.8 seems like the obvious answer.

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sluggy_warrior Senior Member • Posts: 2,598
panorama?
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Scriv wrote:

I'm looking to build a small travel kit based on an XT30. I've already settled on the Fuji 23/f2, 35/f2, and 50/f2 lenses but I want a compact wide angle lens for landscapes. Something in the 15-20mm equivalent. I'm open to Fuji or third party brands, a prime is preferred but I'd consider a compact zoom. Any recommendations?

Just thinking outside the box/lens a bit: it doesn't cost much to practice taking panorama. I travel with just the 18-55 or 18-135 and can still take really wide angle shots (wide angle lens is not wide enough for me)

It's relatively easy: lock exposure, put my left thumb under nodal point of the lens, snap, rotate, snap, ... There're many stitching softwares that automate most of the works, I use the free/open-source Hugin, it's very straightforward.

I'm very lazy, I don't spend more than 10 minutes on a pano. You can see the misalignment of the tree near top-right corner, easy to fix with a mask in Hugin, but I'm too lazy

9 vertical shots, RAF processed in darktable, exported to TIFF, stitched with Hugin.

McWoodley
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Compact?  While I don’t own it the 16 2.8 smallest WA with the 15-45 about the same

How wide, how fast and what do try plan to use it for?

The Rok 12 isn’t what I would call compact but it’s not huge.  Great for Astroscapes and some landscapes.  Obviously no AF but not a huge deal with such a wide  lens.

The 10-24 is far from compact and isn’t fast but is a great and flexible lens that can cover all kinds of situations other than residing in a pocket. I have the Mieke hand grip on my xt30 and no issues handling larger lenses

It really just depends on what FL you are waning.  The 16 2.8 seem like the obvious fit to your kit especially given your choice of primes, unless you are wanting wider or to do nightscapes.  Then the Rok 12

the 15-45 has it flaws but it’s inexpensive and works well wide open.

Outlier is the 18 1.4 coming out or even the current version if you really want compact it is practically a pancake.  Pixel peepers dis it but from most photos I have seen it had a lot of character.  Maybe a bit close to your 23 though and not really filling that WA area.

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superpig000 Regular Member • Posts: 127
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As above, the Samyang/Rokinon 2/12 is highly regarded. Roy Cruz is one of my favourite photographers (and Fujifilm user) and he has some really good things to say about the lens... and the pictures really talk for themselves.

https://blog.roycruz.com/a-tribute-to-a-great-lens-the-samyang-12mm-f2-0-ncs-cs-long-term-review-2017/

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Gaber
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The XC15-45 lens is small, compact, light as a feather and reasonably priced. Ideal for a travel kit. I have both the XF10-24 and the  XC15-45 and I wouldn't hesitate to bring the XC lens on vacation. The IQ , while not in the league with the XF, is a very sharp lens.

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ninjagowoo
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Surprised no one has mentioned the 18mm f2 yet. (or maybe I just missed it)

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jjz2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,748
Re: Compact wide angle lens?
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Scriv wrote:

I'm looking to build a small travel kit based on an XT30. I've already settled on the Fuji 23/f2, 35/f2, and 50/f2 lenses but I want a compact wide angle lens for landscapes. Something in the 15-20mm equivalent. I'm open to Fuji or third party brands, a prime is preferred but I'd consider a compact zoom. Any recommendations?

obvious choice seems to just complete the "cron" set and get the 16 2.8.

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Street_Photography
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Scriv wrote:

...15-20mm equivalent. I'm open to Fuji or third party brands, a prime is preferred.... Any recommendations?

New rockstar 10mm f8 fisheye $67 (15mm equivalent)

Of course the Samyang 12 or Zeiss 12 would be better, but also cost far more and weigh more.

IQ is a mixed bag in the first look images, some softness at sides in some images has taken my finger off the ordering trigger until reviews come out.

To be honest, I wouldn't use the above for landscapes, I may just use for casual street. For landscapes the 15mm f3.5 stabilized $100 Fujifilm lens is superb (if you are on a budget) and it is as wide as the 14mm, making it almost fit your 15-20mm equivalent range at 21mm. It is the 15-45mm kit zoom and there are comparison posts on this forum that show it is just as sharp and wide as the 14mm prime, except for slightly weaker corners. It is definitely sharp enough for landscape photography.

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Artur Darulewski Regular Member • Posts: 263
Laowa 9mm/2.8
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I think you may consider Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D as well - small and highly regarded lens.

Cheers,

Artur

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jhorse Veteran Member • Posts: 4,505
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Scriv wrote:

I'm looking to build a small travel kit based on an XT30. I've already settled on the Fuji 23/f2, 35/f2, and 50/f2 lenses but I want a compact wide angle lens for landscapes. Something in the 15-20mm equivalent. I'm open to Fuji or third party brands, a prime is preferred but I'd consider a compact zoom. Any recommendations?

Hi, of course the two questions are how wide and what budget?

I have the 23/f2 and 50/f2 and the 16/f2.8 is a great wide angle addition. I used to have the 14/f2.8, which delivered excellent IQ (if one is wedded to nothing wider than 15mm, one can crop), but I traded it for a 10-24 as I wanted more versatility on occasions.

As a small, discreet generalist kit the 16/23/50 on a XE3 (or XT30) is my favourite option.

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Eduard
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Artur Darulewski wrote:

I think you may consider Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D as well - small and highly regarded lens.

Cheers,

Artur

Totally agree with the Laowa 9mm recommendation. For size comparison, L-R: Laowa 9mm, Fuji 16mm/2.8, 23mm/2.0, 35mm/2.0 and 50mm/2.0.

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