After my initial purchases of Fuji gear I decided to slow down and only buy what I really needed. Its the truth when I tell you that its easy to get caught up in gear and start buying everything. Of course, it all costs money, but the intrigue of this lens vs that one really gets to you. I tried a variety of Fuji lenses and had convinced myself that I had what I needed until something else came out. It happens to all of us.
Now, it wasn't until a recent wedding of mine that I realized how much I relied on the awesome 56mm and 35mm combo. They are truly amazing lenses with great sharpness and build quality and I really enjoy using them. The thing is, they are too similar in focal length. The 35mm gave me a great view and allowed me to get a wider scene, but to be honest, not by much.
Of course I had my zoom lens that would do the trick, but that would mean switching lenses for a bit and then coming right back to the original lens. During weddings I try to limit my "down time" as much as possible as anything can happen.
So, I decided I needed something wider than the 35mm, but still with great image quality.
There was an 18mm f2 out there that got good reviews, but that is pretty wide and then there is the 27mm 2.8 that I've used many times and love, but its a 2.8. Given that my other lenses are better in low light, that is a compromise that I wasn't sure I could go with.
And, there was the 23mm 1.4 which was a few hundred dollars more, larger and heavier.
After doing a lot of research online I decided to go for the 23mm. And so far it has exceeded my expectations. Shooting in low light is a breeze and getting a wide enough scene is no problem at all. So far the optical quality is superb and I'm confident that it'll work really well as a companion to the 56mm.
I'll be heading out soon into the city to give it a good workout. I can't wait!!