I have six great lenses that cover all the bases. The Fujifilm XF18-135mm, XC15-45mm and XC50-230mm, as well as the Viltrox 23mm F/1.4, TTArtisan 7.5mm F/2 fisheye and TTArtisan 40mm F/2.8 macro.
Each lens has a specific use, the 18-135mm a general all purpose weather resistant walk around lens, the 15-45 a nice compact lens for landscapes, towns and architecture, the 50-230 for landscapes and wildlife, the 23mm for general use and low light (and it’s my favourite focal length), the 7.5mm for architecture, street and landscape and of course the 40mm macro for macro close-up work.
So… What is the dilemma?
Firstly, I don’t want anymore lenses. I told myself when switching to Fujifilm that I would keep my gear to a minimum. I think I have one or two too many with six, but they do serve a purpose and all get used.
Secondly, my much loved XC15-45mm. Man, I love the output in that lens, and the quality. It’s pin sharp and has never let me down in any situation. It’s so light and compact, it’s almost perfect. But it’s the “almost” part that has had me thinking.
Viltrox are finally releasing the 13mm F/1.4. It’s a lens I’ve been thinking about for a while. I primarily use my 15-45mm at 15mm, as I hate the zoom mechanism (that’s the “almost” part stopping it from being perfect), so this could be the perfect swap. Also, that F/1.4 aperture gives me so much more light to work with! Ideal for landscape and most importantly indoor photography.
Assuming the Viltrox 13mm is the same size as the 23mm that I own, I’ll be more than happy to trade in the 15-45mm and enjoy all the benefits a prime lens brings. Or will I???
Until that time… I’ll keep on thinking about this strange dilemma! Let me know what you think, and keeping both lenses is not an option!