Not going to lie. So far I am not falling in love with the standard focal length field of view. There are times I’ve felt it was a decent focal length for what I was shooting, but a moderately wide angle lens feels much more natural to me. Often times when I’m looking at a scene, I can compose the photo in my mind and automatically position myself for the photo before I even look through the viewfinder. That comes from decades of shooting photos.
But when I’m shooting with a standard lens, which the 35mm is on the smaller APS-C sized sensor of the Fuji cameras, I’m often having to back up multiple times to reposition myself. And sometimes I’m still not happy with the perspective.
It’s not a fault of the lens. It’s just my personal shooting style and 35 years of conditioning with other lenses. When I was shooting with film or full-frame digital cameras, I was a fan of the field of view from the 35mm focal length. But to get that field of view with the smaller sensor, it requires a 23mm lens. And since switching Fuji, their 23/2 lens has been my favorite.
I’m still glad I’m doing this personal challenge and will see it through. It’s good to get out of the comfort zone. But I am looking forward to getting back to using the 23/2 as my main walkabout lens.