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rolling art by Kelly Gibbons, on Flickr
Calgary fisheye by Kelly Gibbons, on Flickr
A while back on Fuji X Spot, I talked about me doing a gear review once a year. I did this to evaluate which gear I was using the most and least. As well as which gear I would need for what I would be shooting coming up. Also, which gear worked the best for me. Although I wouldn't always give that the attention I should have if it worked against my favorite gear.
Recently having had the revelation that somewhere along the way in the past 2 1/2 years that my favorite lens/es had shifted from primes to the 16-55 2.8. I decided to do a huge review of my work going back to the beginning of 2015. For this review, I looked at portraits, events, landscapes, family, and travel. As much as I like cemetery and urban exploring, I have never been with the 16-55.
Not surprisingly, the results showed that my best work has been with the 16-55/50-140 pair. Not just on the X-Pro2, but on the X-T1 as well. Where I was surprised some, was in the primes. My best work with primes was done with the 16mm 1.4, 56mm 1.2, and 90mm f2. Followed closely by the 35mm 1.4, then the 23mm 1.4. Now, I know what you're thinking. Those are some of the best primes out there. Having just owned and love the Fuji f2 trilogy. I thought that I had done my best prime work with the Fujicrons. But the comparisons showed otherwise. That is not to say that the Fujicrons are not very capable lenses.
I also saw that my work with the X-T1 was very close to, sometimes equal to, my work with the X-Pro2. Which is another case of love over what is the better tool for working. But I am using the Fuji hand grip and Lensmate thumb grip to try to make the Pro2 a better working camera.
This is why I do the reviews. Even when I don't listen to the reviews because it contradicts with my love for a certain lens/es. Like the Fujicrons. Or times when the 16mm 1.4 when it wasn't the best for what I was doing at the time. As much fun as it was to sell or trade and constantly work with different gear. My beginnings of old age is setting in. I want to settle on my gear and get off of the gear whore roller coaster.
I recommend doing this once in a while. The results can be quite interesting. Especially if you compare your photos going back a few years.