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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Upcoming Trip to Asia --- what lenses to bring?


I'm headed to Taiwan (solo) and Japan/Singapore (family) in less than a week, and contemplating which Fuji lenses to pair with my XT2. For the solo portion of the trip, I plan on general walk-around, astro and hiking, and not in too much of a rush. For the family portion of the trip, it'll mostly be general walk-around.

On past vacations, I've kept it "simple" and only bring the 10-24 and 18-55. At times, I have also brought the 55-200 but rarely feel the need to go that long, so have ended up just leaving it at home. For the upcoming trip, my idea was to bring only primes. I have an idea of the kit but wanted some input in case anyone has other thoughts/ideas.

Here are the Fuji primes I currently own:
- Samyang 8mm f3.5 fisheye
- Samyang 12mm f2
- Fuji 14mm
- Fuji 23mm f1.4
- Fuji 23mm f2
- Fuji 27mm f2.8
- Fuji 35mm f1.4
- Fuji 50 f2
- Fuji 90 f.2

1) For astro, I am definitely bringing the two Samyang lenses. Since the Samyang 12mm is so close to the Fuji 14mm in FL, it may mean leaving this great Fuji lens at home.

2) The Samyang 12mm can also double as my landscape lens. It's not as wide as the 10-24 but should do the trick in most circumstances.

3) For general walk-around use in the daytime, my thought is to have the 27mm parked on the camera and, in the bag, the Samyang 12mm (for wide angle use) and the 50mm (for extra length). On the other hand, I am contemplating not bringing the 50mm at all and having the 35mm be my longest lens.

4) For general walk-around use at night, I will use the Samyang 12mm, 23mm f/1.4 and 35mm. Maybe have the 35mm be my longest lens or bring the 50mm or 90mm?

Based on this thought process, I will be bringing a total of five lenses (Samyang 8, Samyang 12, Fuji 23, Fuji 27, Fuji 35), which is doable. But I do wonder if I should bring something on the long end though. If not the 50mm, maybe the 90mm?



May 26, 2023 at 01:09 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Upcoming Trip to Asia --- what lenses to bring?


Personally I’d take the 12, 23 1.4, 35 and 50. Never tried the 8 for astro though. Haven’t touched the 8 in a couple of years.


May 26, 2023 at 01:24 PM
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To be honest, this will be my first time shooting astro so only bringing the 8/12 because that's what the Lonely Speck guy likes lol

liggy wrote:
Personally I’d take the 12, 23 1.4, 35 and 50. Never tried the 8 for astro though. Haven’t touched the 8 in a couple of years.




May 26, 2023 at 01:26 PM
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Only you know what you'll want/need the most. It sounds like you've thought it through well enough.

Personally, I'd be inclined to go with 12, 27, 35, 55-200, but that should have no bearing on what you decide.

Have a fantastic (and safe) trip!



May 26, 2023 at 01:33 PM
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Definitely not bringing the 55-200. I might even sell it eventually but who knows lol

cogitech wrote:
Only you know what you'll want/need the most. It sounds like you've thought it through well enough.

Personally, I'd be inclined to go with 12, 27, 35, 55-200, but that should have no bearing on what you decide.

Have a fantastic (and safe) trip!




May 26, 2023 at 01:34 PM
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Another part of me is contemplating bringing only the Samyang 12 (astro) and Fuji 10-24 (landscape), and then using my Sony RX1 as the walk-around. I do lose the long end though.


May 27, 2023 at 03:21 AM
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Hey Ming

I've done this trip more times than I can count and I'm doing it again in about a month.

It totally depends on the things you're going to do. If you're dragging kids to the beach though I recommend the 55-200. Stabilization...good zoom range...you can take some photos and video really well. It's probably my favorite beach lens...also...like you... I won't lose sleep if something happened to it.

Otherwise I'll just remind you that ... it's already hot...probably rainy too. Hot enough to really question if you want to lug around a camera and lenses to take photos during the day when the light is crap and your phone will be almost as good. I'll probably be rolling with the 16-55 (astro, landscapes, group shots... shrines and other random sight seeing). 35 1.4 for inside castles and other random dimly lit stuff. Going to Ishigaki so the 55-200 will be coming for the beach. Gopro. ...Probably the 100-400 for cranes in rice fields...

I may be getting sumo tickets...fingers crossed and if so...depending on the seats the 90mm could be coming too...it's such an awesome lens so if I can think of a reason I may want it...it generally comes.

My 2 cents... 8 and 12 (only the 12 if you're picking just 1)

23 1.4 or 35 1.4 for low light indoor...late night/early morning walk around. Whichever focal range you prefer...I probably wouldn't take both.

Maybe 27 for a light weight smaller set up...but I'd lean towards just using your phone.

If you don't have a need for reach...that's it. ...but I would struggle to leave both the 18-55 and the 10-24 at home. They don't take up that much space...I'd probably grab one of them too.




May 27, 2023 at 08:29 AM
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Oh…if you’re doing the night safari in Singapore… I recommend it…we really enjoyed it…that could be a good reason to bring the 90. You’ll need reach but the 55-200 would be too slow.


May 27, 2023 at 08:43 AM
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tgrantster wrote:
Hey Ming

I've done this trip more times than I can count and I'm doing it again in about a month.

It totally depends on the things you're going to do. If you're dragging kids to the beach though I recommend the 55-200. Stabilization...good zoom range...you can take some photos and video really well. It's probably my favorite beach lens...also...like you... I won't lose sleep if something happened to it.

Otherwise I'll just remind you that ... it's already hot...probably rainy too. Hot enough to really question if you want to lug around a camera and lenses to take photos during the
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No kids with me in Taiwan, only me. Japan/Singapore will be adult-aged cousins with me so no young kids (thankfully) lol. And I can't swim and not much of a beach person anyway.

- Yeah, I am leaning towards only bringing the Samyang 12

- I am debating between the 23 f1.4 vs 35 f1.4. I am leaning the 23mm though.

- If I go with the 23mm, I may bring the 50mm for a bit more reach. Not sure about the 90mm though. Maybe both lololol

- As far as the 18-55 and 10-24, I'm undecided. Out of these two, I love the 10-24 but feel I can get by with the Samyang 12mm and Fuji 23 f1.4. If I bring the 18-55, I guess that becomes my walk-around lens and maybe don't need the 50mm f2 anymore. Not sure yet.



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tgrantster wrote:
Oh…if you’re doing the night safari in Singapore… I recommend it…we really enjoyed it…that could be a good reason to bring the 90. You’ll need reach but the 55-200 would be too slow.


I was born in Singapore and probably went to the night safari like 20+ years ago lol. Haven't done it since yet. Since the cousins I'm going with have never been to the country, I imagine we might partake in that activity. So I'll consider bringing the 90mm also.

Thanks!!!



May 27, 2023 at 10:00 AM
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Ming-Tzu wrote:
I'm headed to Taiwan (solo) and Japan/Singapore (family) in less than a week, and contemplating which Fuji lenses to pair with my XT2. For the solo portion of the trip, I plan on general walk-around, astro and hiking, and not in too much of a rush. For the family portion of the trip, it'll mostly be general walk-around.

On past vacations, I've kept it "simple" and only bring the 10-24 and 18-55. At times, I have also brought the 55-200 but rarely feel the need to go that long, so have ended up just leaving it at home. For the upcoming
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FWIW, here's what I carry for travel where I plan to do a fair amount of photography. Most of my Fujifilm-based photography is largely what might be termed "street and travel photography."

XT5
14mm f/2.8
23mm f/1.4
27mm f/2.8
35mm f/1.4
90mm f/2

That list might look a bit odd, so let me explain a bit.

By default, the tiny 27mm pancake is usually on the camera. In many situations where I want to keep it very light — or where photography might not be my prime goal — I go out with only that lens on the camera, and I leave all the others behind at my lodging.

For general photography I toss the 14mm f/2.8 and/or the 90mm f/2 in the bag. This still is a fairly small kit.The 14mm is useful in constrained spaces — interiors, very narrow streets, etc — and the 90mm gives me enough telephoto and can work as a portrait lens. So my "expanded" daytime shooting kit has these three lenses.

I also do a significant amount of night street photography. For this I typically leave all three of those lenses behind and instead take teh 23mm f/1.4 and/or the 35mm f/1.4. They work well in urban night situations, especially with the camera's IBIS. I rarely add the 90mm f/2 to the night kit, but it can happen.

I'm not suggesting that this is the right kit for anyone else, just describing what I do.

For many people the zoom-based kit can be a better choice. In many cases you might get more flexibility and not need to change lenses that often. Many people will be well served by the excellent 18-55mm variable aperture zoom. The larger and heavier 16-55mm f/2.8 can also work well... if one is OK with its size.

I'm sorry that my experience is not Asia-specific, as I have no travel experience (yet!) in that part of the world. This is what I do in Europe and in urban areas of the US.

Dan



May 27, 2023 at 10:08 AM
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Ming-Tzu wrote:
No kids with me in Taiwan, only me. Japan/Singapore will be adult-aged cousins with me so no young kids (thankfully) lol. And I can't swim and not much of a beach person anyway.

- Yeah, I am leaning towards only bringing the Samyang 12

- I am debating between the 23 f1.4 vs 35 f1.4. I am leaning the 23mm though.

- If I go with the 23mm, I may bring the 50mm for a bit more reach. Not sure about the 90mm though. Maybe both lololol

- As far as the 18-55 and 10-24, I'm undecided. Out of these two, I love the
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It was about 20 years ago when I did the night safari too...gotta do it. Pose infront of Merlion and night safari ...kinda obligated to do those. Where are you going in Japan? Kyoto and Tokyo? If you're going to Kyoto I'd recommend the 18-55. For places like Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji...even Fushimi Inari there are specific places you take photos from. There are a ton of people and you don't have lots of time or space to move around to frame it. In that situation a zoom will be better then the wide aperature. There are also lots of gardens to walk through and pose...zooming in and out can be very useful because you're limited to pathways ... and...lots of people. If you're doing Nara and seeing the Daibutsu...you'll want the 12mm and the 23 as it's dark inside. ...but lots of room outside to move around.

Looks like you're in a good place...between the lenses you've listed I'd be going with the 12, 23 ... the 90 if I could think of a use for it... and debating the 18-55.

Anyway...have fun...sounds like an amazing trip!



May 27, 2023 at 10:39 AM
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Thanks! Looking forward to the trip but not looking forward to the heat/humidity! I was in SE Asia a few years ago during January and still found it unbearable. Can't imagine the middle of summer haha

Anyway, I think I got the lens list nailed down for the most part. Still debating between the 50 f2 vs 90f2, or bring both or none lol

Samyang 12mm for astro and the wide angle for my landscape/sunstar shots.

Fuji 23 f1.4 or f2 to act as my low light standard prime and possibly landscape/sunstar as well.

Fuji 18-55 to act as my general walk-around lens.



tgrantster wrote:
It was about 20 years ago when I did the night safari too...gotta do it. Pose infront of Merlion and night safari ...kinda obligated to do those. Where are you going in Japan? Kyoto and Tokyo? If you're going to Kyoto I'd recommend the 18-55. For places like Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji...even Fushimi Inari there are specific places you take photos from. There are a ton of people and you don't have lots of time or space to move around to frame it. In that situation a zoom will be better then the wide aperature. There are also lots of
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May 28, 2023 at 09:44 PM
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Personally I think bringing 5 lenses is overkill. How many different scenarios are you anticipating really needing to cover? Especially with 5 FLs across such a narrow range (27mm spread)?

Will you actually be shooting astro out here? Getting away from the city I assume?

I live in Japan and Have spent many years in Japan/Korea with trips to other locations over here. I do 90% of my "real camera" shooting with a 35mm equivalent. On Fuji, I really like 23/1.4. I've been shooting a lot with 23/1.4 and 35/1.4 (my 35 is the cheap 7Artisans mkII). I sold the Samyang 12/2 AF because it just didn't give me enough over the ultrawide on my Pixel 7, to warrant taking up space in my bag. Barely touched it on a recent Thailand/Taiwan trip. Honestly I think the FujiCron trio would be an amazing travel setup, although replacing one of the shorter lenses with a 1.4 would give a nice boost in low light + bokeh capabilities.

EDIT- I see you narrowed down your selections!
Bring the 50/2- I think it's small enough that it would be nice to have and not effect your overall weight much. The 90 is chunky. 23/1.4 for the standard. 18-55 is a great walkaround.



May 29, 2023 at 06:23 PM
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ISO1600 wrote:
Personally I think bringing 5 lenses is overkill. How many different scenarios are you anticipating really needing to cover? Especially with 5 FLs across such a narrow range (27mm spread)?

Will you actually be shooting astro out here? Getting away from the city I assume?

I live in Japan and Have spent many years in Japan/Korea with trips to other locations over here. I do 90% of my "real camera" shooting with a 35mm equivalent. On Fuji, I really like 23/1.4. I've been shooting a lot with 23/1.4 and 35/1.4 (my 35 is the cheap 7Artisans mkII). I sold the Samyang 12/2
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- My plan is to definitely attempt to shoot astro. It will be my first time so hoping the weather (and my skill set) cooperate with me. The goal is to be in the Hehuan Mountain area sometime around the New Moon phase.

- My thinking is to use the Samyang 12 + Fuji 23 f1.4 combo to replace my Fuji 10-24, which I normally bring. That combo can serve multiple purposes on this trip (landscape, astro, low-light, etc.). I was also contemplating the 35 f1.4 but think maybe the 50mm f2 is a better companion.

- Yeah, I'm on the fence about the Fuji 90mm. It's a great lens but definitely chunky like you mentioned. Plus my intention for the lens is more "just in case" versus a definite use case. So it's probably staying home.

- Yeah, I'm pretty sure the lenses I am bringing along are the Samyang 12mm and the Fuji 23 f1.4, 18-55 and 50 f2.

Thank you!



May 29, 2023 at 07:45 PM
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That seems like a decent kit to take along. Wife and I do a SEAsia trip at least once per year (she is from that region) where we are based in her home country and then we travel around from there. Often out to Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand...we included Cambodia most recently.

My needs are different but my most used focal lengths are always a 30is and 50is mm FF equivalent. So those always come along and I rarely bring more than 3 lenses since we are always on the go and I like to stay light.

This is why I moved from a FF kit to Fuji...the equivalent gear for Fuji is significantly smaller and lighter. We always spend at least 4 weeks there and one time I only brought a FF body and a 55mm and did not regret it one bit



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Gabe13 wrote:
My needs are different but my most used focal lengths are always a 30is and 50is mm FF equivalent. So those always come along and I rarely bring more than 3 lenses since we are always on the go and I like to stay light.
This is why I moved from a FF kit to Fuji...the equivalent gear for Fuji is significantly smaller and lighter. We always spend at least 4 weeks there and one time I only brought a FF body and a 55mm and did not regret it one bit


I'm in a similar boat. Live in Japan, travel a bit around East Asia. A small Fuji kit is just so much easier to bring on short trips, and when I do, I mainly use one or two lenses to get a different experience and set of images compared to what my phone can provide. The ultrawide can be covered by my Pixel 7, but 28-50mm (FF equiv) is much better shot on a bigger sensor. Right now I'm just loving the OG 23/1.4 on my XE4.




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