Last updated 6/4/17 11:20am
XF 23mm F2 R WR
Just ordered the XF 23mm F2 R WR (5/14/17).
With this lens, I think I’ve covered all my bases. I hesitated on this purchase because I had hoped to use the 10-24mm f/4 and X100T for this range. But AF speed and IQ were the critical difference. Also, I wanted at least one all-purpose with WR.
Update 6/4/17: It arrived last week. See my first brief field test.
XF 56mm F1.2 R
My first lens was the XF 56mm F1.2 R. I figured if I’m going to have only one lens, this is the one I’d choose. The large aperture and IQ were the deciding factors. Another factor was the relatively small size. Primary use would be in-door social gatherings where lighting is often low.
XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS
Second, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS. I always wanted an ultra-wide lens, and the 10mm FOV was the critical factor. Other key factors: the full zoom range at constant aperture, the OIS for handheld shooting, the IQ, and the relatively small size. IQ reports varied but tended to be positive.
5/14/17: I’ve had two field tests thus far at mostly 10mm: First Shoot with XF 10-24mm f/4 on X-T2 and X-T2 + 10-24mm F/4: Old Plantation-style Houses in McCully.
5/14/17: I gave this lens its first real 24mm field test at our family’s Mother’s Day brunch today at a local restaurant. The interior light was dim, and the outdoor sunlight was brilliant. In both, I struggled with the AF. You can see the video here. Of the 73 shots I took, I’d say 80% were usable and 60% were selected for the video. The quality of most of the shots doesn’t come through in the video. In post production, I had to compensate for exposure in about 80% of the selected videos and cropped about the same percentage for composition. The exposure meter in the viewfinder is unreadable against bright light. A light drizzle hampered my outdoor shooting. WR would’ve been nice. About 90% of the shots were purposely taken at 24mm. I wanted to see if this lens could be used as an all-purpose. My initial judgment is inconclusive.
XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
Third, XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. I wanted at least one telephoto zoom, but size, reach, stabilization, and IQ were a concern. With the OIS, stabilization was covered. Re size, among those with ample reach, it seems to be the smallest. Reviews on the IQ have been mixed but generally positive. As of this writing (5/14/17), I haven’t received this order.
Update 5/17/17: The 55-200mm arrived last night. I took my first shoot this morning. Watch the video.