My Current Favorite Camera and Lens Combo

Fuji x-pro2 and 35mm 1.4
Fuji x-pro2 and 35mm 1.4

My favorite camera and lens combo used to be the Fuji X100s with the built in 23mm/2.0 lens. It is a stunning combo and is probably one of the most versatile setups.

During our trip to Paris earlier this year, I made an interesting discovery: I really love shooting with the 35mm/1.4. Though I can’t shoot as wide as with the X100s, it is also versatile and for my style of photography more useful for portraits. The tighter angle and brighter aperture lets me separate my subject nicely from the background.

The lens has it’s own character, which I like. The autofocus could be faster, but for most contexts is fast enough.

 

What makes the Fuji X100s makes so beautiful is the optical viewfinder. That is where the Fuji X-Pro2 comes in. The improved hybrid viewfinder can combine the optical viewfinder with the electronic viewfinder by displaying the focus area as electronic image. Fuji calls this Electronic Rangefinder. I call it practical.

The optical viewfinder lets me look beyond the area of my lens, which works great for street or events photography. For portraits you will face challenges with the fact that the viewfinder is looking at the subject from a slightly different angle than the lens. The technical term for this is parallax error. By using the Electronic Rangefinder, I can ensure that focus and exposure are correct for the focused area. I use this feature a lot.

Locks in Paris
Locks in Paris

Fuji film simulations are amazing and for my personal work, I use them almost exclusively. They are that good. The Fuji X-Pro2 and 35mm/1.4 are a combo I enjoy most. When I go out for a walk, it is what I take with.

I am eying the 35mm/2.0, though. It is weather sealed, has faster autofocus and is a bit smaller. For now, I am happy with what I have.

What is your favorite combo?

Spirit of Ecstasy Rolls Royce
Spirit of Ecstasy Rolls Royce

Food photography Paris

Wine Bottles
Wine Bottles
Guinea Fowl Feather
Guinea Fowl Feather

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