Three, the magic number (according to De La Soul anyway)
The religious connotations of a ‘Holy Trinity’
The so called ‘Holy Trinity’ of Swiss Watchmakers
Yeah, three is a pretty big thing.
Three seems to imply that if you reach a set of three, then you’ve achieved it, you have everything you need.
I’m not sure there’s any truth to it… perhaps!
I had been thinking about my trinity of Fuji glass.
Well my trinity was actually a quartet – the 18, 27, 35 and 60.
All fine glass.
But I didn’t see them as a set, they’re each a little different, with different characteristics.
I wanted more continuity.
The Fujifilm XF lens road map is well populated now, we know what’s coming, we know what’s here.
I would PERSONALLY describe it as a pretty mature stable of lenses.
Having been largely GAS free, since I got the X-Pro2 (and that was about 11months ago) I started mentally spec’ing out my ideal trinity.
I knew what I wanted, fast and optically true glass, that each rendered similarly to each other.
I quickly discounted the newer F2 range – a little too slow, a little to much software correction; which was a shame as they’re decent products, and suit the X-Pro2 every well, and easier on the wallet than some of the other choices.
But funds are tight, my kid needs shoes, and my cat likes to eat, and my partner’s love of Al Fresco dining stops way short of being homeless
So it was a case of buy second hand, buy carefully and sell existing glass to cover the costs.
I find it hard to part with Fuji X gear… I mean it’s all good, it oscillates between great and outstanding IMO
So it’s always sad to see it go.
But needs must.
Gone are my XF18, XF27 and XF60 (the 60 was the one that hurt the most)
And instead I now have the XF23F1.4 and the XF56
I agonised over those choices too!
I LOVED the 56 APD, but even on the second hand market it commands a premium over the regular 56 and the regular 56 is a bit more versatile as it lets in more light. But previously I’d discounted the 56 (when paired with the X-Pro1) as it didn’t offer me that much over the 60 (and I needed the money from it to buy the X-Pro2 as well!)
And the XF23F1.4, that’s a big chunk of glass, and it’s a pretty wide FL… The obstruction into my beloved OVF might be a bit much… maybe better to get the 23 F2?
The 56 and the OVF is pretty much OK, 56 is quite long (on APSC it’s a mid tele basically) and this makes the framelines small, but that 23 generates quite large framelines, and the physical lens isn’t that much smaller than the 56
Also the 56 is pretty heavy…
In fact, just for giggles… I weighed my X-Pro2, with 56, optional handgrip, my thumb grip and the optional XF23 hood… and the whole rig comes in at slightly north of 1.2kg (about 2.7lbs!)
I had certainly sacrificed some of the charm of those smaller lenses in pursuit of my trinity.
But I have to say…
I’m not unhappy at all!
My trinity is the 23F1.4, the XF35F1.4 and the 56F1.2, so what was in it for me?
The three lenses compliment each other very well, to my eye each has a consistent look and feel to its rendering that I find immensely pleasing
I personally consider these 3 lenses to highest prime IQ that Fuji offers in APSC in the FLs that I want to shoot (and probably the 16 and 90 too, but I don’t often shoot that wide or that long, so I guess that’s some GAS for another time 🙂 )
I’ve been rocking that combo for about a month now, and I’m already very pleased and feel my unease at having to sell my old friends was a necessary evil.
I will of course individually review these new additions to my cameras bag in the fullness of time, and I know I haven’t reviewed the 34F1.4 yet (which a surprisingly large number of you have asked for)
So yes – a trinity, GAS attack.
But the thing with buying decent lenses, as long as you don’t change systems, they’ll be there for you in the future too.
So let’s finish off with some shots from my trinity!
From the 23F1.4
From the 56
And it may not be new… But I always love the 34F1.4
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