Kit lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tol1l1yboy, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. tol1l1yboy

    tol1l1yboy FujiXspot Rookie

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    Is it worth getting the kit lens with the xe-1 or would I be better off skipping the lens and just getting the body and grabbing either the 18mm or the 35mm instead?
     
  2. flysurfer

    flysurfer X-Pert

    Feb 1, 2013
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    Rico Pfirstinger
    Depends on what you want. I liked the kit lens so much, I shot my entire Bangkok trip with it, even though it was still pre-production with several bugs.
     
  3. Bernie Ess

    Bernie Ess FujiXspot Rookie

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    Feb 11, 2013
    As already said one post up, it is more a question of preference/ shooting style rather than a question of quality: I personally prefer limiting myself to one focal length for a certain time, and to use fast, light and small lenses. In that sense the 18 makes sense, optically the zoom (I have both) seems to be a bit better.

    For fast changing shooting situations (like while traveling) a zoom may be the more convenient choice, however I'd prefer a constant 2,8 zoom, I do not particulary like lenses slower than 2,8.

    But that's just me, and really there are few reasons not to find the Kit lens a really good lens.

    Cheers
    Bernie
     
  4. carlb

    carlb FujiXspot Veteran

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    Carl
    Getting the 18-55 with camera saves you a few hundred, if I'm not mistaken. Unless you're a hard-core prime-ophile (heh!), I'd strongly suggest the kit lens. It's sharp, it rocks, and it's a great size for how fast (aperture-wise) it is. Pretty fast focus too (in my experience, anyway).
     
  5. Thinh L.

    Thinh L. FujiXspot Rookie

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    Feb 9, 2013
    Depends on your needs.

    For myself I would get both and have the kit as a general purpose/travel and the 35 f/1.4 for when I know I'm going to be in low-light or those days I just feel like I need a prime.
     
  6. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Muttley
    I'd get the kit zoom. At $399, it's a good value for a high quality standard zoom.
     
  7. back alley

    back alley FujiXspot Rookie

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    Feb 10, 2013
    it's an excellent lens...if you like zooms.
    zooms are not my favourite but i tried this one out and while very sharp i could not adjust to shooting with a zoom, so i sold it.
     
  8. lainer

    lainer FujiXspot Rookie

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    Feb 14, 2013
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    I love the kit lens.
     
  9. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Feb 13, 2013
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    Eric
    From what I've read and seen, the kit lens in this case is a real gem. Normally I'm not one for kit zooms, preferring to forego the bundled lens and buy body only and couple the camera with a fast prime, but in this case, especially considering the price break over the list price if purchased seperately, I'd definitely go with the kit lens. Even if you end up not caring for it, I would venture to guess you could easily recoup your cost by selling it.
     
  10. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    Interesting tidbit - here in Taiwan the "kit lens" for the X-E1 is the 35mm.
     
  11. Hyubie

    Hyubie FujiXspot Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
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    Where is it $399? Isn't it closer to $699 or so?
     
  12. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    I think that is what the lens end up costing when you get it in the kit.
     
  13. Hyubie

    Hyubie FujiXspot Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
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    Ok, that calmed me down. :D That's because thinking of going for an X-E1, and I'd love to have both the kit lens and the 35. Some promos going on with body + 35, but the kit lens is very expensive by itself. So maybe I'd get the kit and buy the 35 separately. Of course all of that is a big IF. :)
     
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  14. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    If it is your only camera and you are just getting into it, the zoom is much more versatile.
     
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  16. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Eric
    Yes, that bundle at Adorama or B&H with the XE-1 body and the 35mm f1.4 is pretty tempting since you're saving $300 off the price of the 35mm. If you want both lenses however, it looks like you can get a deal at B&H where you buy the body only for $999 and then add a bundle with the 35mm and the 18-55mm for an additional $798. If Adorama has that same offer, I missed it.
     
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  17. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    BB
  18. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    BB
    Very tempting for anyone who is seriously thinking... I must step away from my computer...step away...step away....:daz:
     
  19. Hyubie

    Hyubie FujiXspot Veteran

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    BB, resistance is futile. :D The only question is when.
     
  20. Nic

    Nic FujiXspot Regular

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    Relative to what I already have existing in another system, the 18-55mm is the most interesting Fuji X lens for me (okay, followed very closely by the 35mm :))