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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
After much consideration and experimentation, I decided on the kit I will take to Paris. I think.
Initially I thought I would take the Fuji 18-55 kit zoom - after all, it’s autofocus and has image stabilization. And it’s optically excellent. But with practice I got better with manual focus lenses on the X-Pro1. And I have just never got on with zooms. Even the very nice manual focus Tokina 70-150 for my OMs has not seen the light of day for over a decade.
So the line up starts with the native, auto-focus Fuji 18/2. It’s one of Fuji’s older primes and by some reports isn’t as good optically as later lenses, but it certainly is no slouch. For the kind of work I do, it’s perfect - 28mm equivalent field of view, which I love for street work. I have a feeling I will use it a lot.
Second is the OM Zuiko 35/2.8. F2 might be nicer, but I don’t have one and it is larger and heavier than the 35/2.8. I’ve always loved the rendering of this OM lens. On the X-Pro1 it will provide a field of view of 53mm on a “full frame” camera/sensor. If you only have two lenses for travel and street photography, 28 and 50 are the way to go.
I deliberated whether to take a longer lens and finally decided to go with it, so am packing the OM Zuiko 50/1.8. I have a 50/1.4 which would give me one more stop exposure. But the 1.8 is so small and light. The 50/1.4 isn’t THAT much bigger, but it’s enough that the camera would balance quite differently than the 35/2.8 much less the Fuji 18/2.
What? No film? Well yes. Of course I’m taking the Olympus XA. It’s pocketable yet has rangefinder focusing and a lovely (if quirky to some) 35/2.8 lens. It’s great at either quick street work or more deliberate shooting.
I had considered taking an OM body thus having use of the Zuikos on a film body as well as the Fuji. I still may, but have pretty much decided to keep the kit as small and light as possible. Too many choices does not promote good photography.