After 2.5 years or so shooting with various lenses and my amazing Fujifilm XE2, I decided that I had had enough. Too many lenses and options including bigger lenses (xf23 1.4). My favorite lens has been the 27mm for the reason that it made photography fun and have captured some of my favorite photos ever with it since I would often have it with me.
I also have a 70d kit with a few zoom lenses to take out when I really want to cover an event, usually motorsport or surf etc, so really I felt I didn’t really need two full systems with lens options for each.
The simple one lens option makes you think less about options and just more about the shot, its light and a joy to use and shoot with.
BUT I found that with the Fujifilm I was always constantly unsure which lens to take as they are all so good.
I then decided I just wanted to get rid of it all and go back to a one lens option that I will pick up & take everywhere without the constant thought of which lens should I take.
I also don’t like seeing lenses just sitting around on my shelf un-used for long periods of time…so I narrowed it down to either the new xpro2 or the x100t as I really wanted the hybrid viewfinder option and I just love the rangefinder styling to run a single lens setup.
So my options were going to be the xpro2 with the 27mm pancake or the x100t with the 23 f2.
My main reasons for going with the x100t were:
A lot smaller, lighter, 23 f2 lens I felt was better and more usable than the 27 especially with the insane macro function that I over looked!. I just didn’t think I would take the xpro2 everywhere, it is quite a step up from the xe2/x100t in size & bulk. The x100t was also about a 1k nzd cheaper.
Obviously there are a couple of things I would have loved from the xpro2 but I am seriously happy with my decision. Largely the new sensor, but also i have been really happy with the 16mp xtrans ii. I really am familiar with it now for editing and its still a joy to work with. It also means I can continue using my CS6 photoshop without paying for the CC based version for another 2-3 years.
Anyway that’s my little story. But I am truly loving shooting with the Fuji gear more than anything I’ve used. It has been a fantastic experience. I have traveled to many places with my XE2 and made some great photos of my new son over his first year so I’m really excited to continue with the X100t. I recall quickly that it stopped me right in my tracks, we were visiting a camera store in San Francisco and those first impressions were like love at first sight.
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