Two weeks ago, I sold my Panasonic GH4 and completed my switch to Fuji X cameras with the addition of the X-T20 to my camera bag. I still need to sell my Olympus 75mm f/1.8 and my Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye, so if you know anyone interested, let me know. Once those two lenses are sold, I plan on buying either the 90mm f/2, 50mm f/2 or 56mm f/1.2. I'm still undecided, and all have some appeal. The 56mm f/1.2 is one of the best portrait lens in the Fuji line-up. On the other hand, the autofocus is slow in comparison to the other two. The 90mm has the best AF and some reach, but will it be too long and less useful for that? It would be a nice replacement for my 75mm though. The 50mm is cheap, light, fast and versatile, but will I miss the reach when I'm photographing dancing and running events? As you can see, my mind is not made up yet.
What I have in my camera bag now
- Fuji X-T20 (B&H / Amazon)
- Fuji X-E2 (B&H / Amazon)
- Panasonic LX100 (B&H / Amazon)
- Yi Technologies Yi4K (B&H / Amazon)
The X-T20 is now my main camera for video. For photography, I'll be switching between the two Fuji, because I love the rangefinder style of the X-E2, but the swivel screen of the X-T20 is very useful in some situations. I'm keeping my beloved LX100 because it's light and versatile. It's still my go-to camera for hiking or when I want to pack the lightest and smallest possible. The Yi4K is my action camera. This little thing is awesome, especially on my gimbal. It's really useful for video, but also for photo while I'm running. I could use my phone more often for photo and video. I don't know why I don't do it. The quality is really good.
- Fuji XF 23mm f/2 (B&H / Amazon)
- Fuji XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6
- Rokinon 12mm f/2 (B&H / Amazon)
- Bower 35mm f/1.4 (B&H / Amazon)
- Hanimar 55mm f/1.7
- Praktica 135mm f/2.8
- Fujinon-TV 18-108 f/1.8
The 23mm is the first lens I bought. It's been my favorite focal length (or equivalent) for the last five or six years. It's perfect for lifestyle or street photography. I bought the 16-50mm for vlogging, since it's stabilized, light and has a good image quality. The 12mm will be mostly for landscape. I missed having a rectilinear wide angle since I left Canon for Micro Four Thirds. I was using a 14mm f/2.8 on my full frame and I loved it. I hope to find the same joy with the 12mm f/2. It will also be great for astrophotography.
The 35mm f/1.4 is a beast. It's huge and heavy, and it is the only full frame lens that I kept when I sold my Canon gear. I don't plan on using it on a day to day basis, but it will be a great lens for video. The Hanimar was my dad's kit lens when he bought his Hanimex in the early 70s. It's soft wide open, gets better at f/2.4 and is really good at f/2.8. It has a really interesting swirling bokeh. I bought the 135mm on eBay for 40$. Considering how sharp it is, wide open, it's a very good deal. Nailing focus will be a challenge, but with Fuji's focus peaking, I should be ok. It also has a great bokeh and awesome subject separation from the background.
I'm not sure the Fujinon-TV lens will be usable. I ordered a C-Mount to Fuji-X adapter to try it. It could be a very nice lens for video. I think I will see a black circle around the image, but maybe I could shoot 4K and crop it in post. Anyway, I had this lens on my shelf, so why not give it a try.
Edit: Like I thought, the Fujinon-TV is not wide enough to cover the sensor and it would need too much cropping to be usable. I will give it to my boy who use the Olympus E-PM2.
- Zhiyun Smooth Q gimbal (B&H / Amazon)
- Colorchecker Passport (Amazon)
- EF to Fuji X adapter / M42 to EF adapters
- Flash and remotes
- Camera bags
- Tripod, monopod and Gorilla pod
The gimbal works with my phone and my Yi4K. It makes a huge difference in video. I can run with it and the footage is smooth. The battery can last a whole day. It's not too heavy, but I would not carry it for 50km in the mountains. The Colorchecker is great to get a custom white balance, but I discovered recently that it is really useful in video too. I'm using DaVinci Resolve 14 for editing, and you can easily color correct your footage with this accessory. It's great to match footage from different camera before color grading your movie. I bought two M42 to EF adapters and one EF to Fuji-X adapter for the lenses. You can find them cheap on eBay.
It's been a long time since I used a flash, but I want to get back to strobist photography. I still have the same old remotes and Yong Nuo 460 flash. I have some ND filters for video and some Polarizers. I ordered step-up rings to adapt them on my lenses.
For camera bags, my main one is still my ONA messenger bag. I also have a small Gola bag that I bought cheap at Best Buy many years ago. I have a tripod with a fluid head and a monopod that I use for video. They are both big and heavy. I often use a gorilla pod for vlogging or as a portable tripod.
Besides some spare batteries and chargers, that's pretty much my camera setup at the moment. Like I said at the start, I would like to buy one more AF lens, but I'm in no hurry. One thing on my wish list is the Fuji SP2 printer. I have an Instax 210 but the optical quality is aweful and it's big to carry around. I might add a small tripod too.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will be delighted to answer them. Here are some photos taken with the X-E2 and X-T20.