MatthewK wrote in post #18666671
Hey Fuji crew
I've mulled over adding a Fuji camera to my system to take the place of my Canon gear under ~200mm. The thing is, I'm stuck on my Canon primes (50L, 85L, 135L) for their look, and if I were to switch I'd want similar in Fuji. From what I've seen, the Fuji glass is exquisite, the problem is trying to find what matches the FL's I have now. Fuji is a 1.5 crop, right?
For over 200mm, aka birding, I'm sticking with my 5D4 and 500L II, but for everything else I can see "down sizing" to the Fuji system because A) I don't think I need the weight of FF anymore, B) I want smaller for more frequent daily use and C) smaller for easier travel.
How would this setup play? From what I've read the 35,56,90 are some of the "magic" lenses in the lineup. Lastly, I'm not sure if I need to keep around the bigger f/2.8 zooms since I hopefully won't be doing paid event work with this kit.
Fuji 18-55 (24-70?) or 16-55?
Fuji 35 f/1.4 (50mm)
Fuji 56 f/1.2 (85mm)
Fuji 90 f/2 (135mm)
Fuji 50-140 (70-200) or 55-200?
Fuji 100-400, maybe for travel birds?
I'd love to hear your impressions and/or recommendations!
I'll start off by saying I've never shot a bit of glass I liked more than the 135L, I use to make up excused in shoots so I could use it. I don't find the Fuji 90/2 give the same look at all.
Yes Fuji's sensor size is 1.519 compared to Canon's Full Frame one.
But aside from that, I own or have used all the lenses you listed above quite extensively if you like the convenience of a zoom the 16-55/2.8 is amazing (24-84mm) with close focusing & very fast AF to boot. (My review on it is out next month in the Fuji X Passion Mag.). It's a bit of a step up from the 'kit' zoom but that lens is mighty fine if you are OK with variable aperture, it also has great OIS but no weather sealing if that bothers you.
The 35/1.4 is a magical lens, one of the original but also one of the finest IMO, AF not the quickest or quietest.
The 56/1.2 is a brilliant lens, the f/1.2 is great to have and it is sharp. If you are thinking about the APD version it shoots a little darker ( Fuji marked it on the lens) and only used CDAF, the slower contrast detection AF. For portraits not an issue really but for faster moving subjects you probably run into problems.
The 90/2, one I though I'd love more & I kind have learned to but I use the 56/1.2 more for portraits. The 90/2 can focus quite close and is fast in doing that plus it's weather sealed and sharp with nice off bits.
The 50-140/2.8, great mid zoom, for everyday events & portraits. Very quick AF and plenty sharp also it is WR and you can fit a teleconverter to bring it in another 1.4 or 2x. The 1.4 TC is great hardly any loss in IQ when attached, the 2xTC looses a little but not bad. The 1.4TC will give you just 300mm or reach (FF equivalent with only one stop less of light)
The 100-400, is big heavy and you probably will only lug it about when you need the long reach, considering the 50-140+TC option above. Still that being said it is a great lens if it's bright out.
Should be plenty of links in this forums gallery on each lens. The X-T2 is at a really good price right now, I just bought my own one a few days ago. Fuji will be launching a new version of it at the end of the year but you'll pay more for that of course. I use to shoot Canon FF and slowly got more and more into the Fuji system so much so I sold off all the L and Art lenses as well as the cameras, don't miss them at all but I don't often shoot past the 90/2 reach.
Have you tried a Fuji yet? Usually a good idea to give one a spin for a few days to see of you might get on with it.