As of the end of November 2015 my entire kit hasn't changed since I took the challenge of using the Fuji XT-1 exclusively for six months. Now that I've made that permanent the biggest thing on my mind to add is a backup body. If you would have asked me what I needed when I first purchased everything way back around May I would have been sure it was the 35mm f/1.4 XF and maybe the 18mm f/2 XF prime.
Here's the breakdown of what my entire Fuji kit contains. All of it fits in my ancient Domke F2 bag with room to spare.
- XT-1 body
- 18-55mm f/2-4 XF zoom
- 14mm f/2.8
- 23mm f/1.4
- 56mm f/1.2
- 4 extra batteries
- battery charger
- Fuji Instax printer
- 2 x boxes of Instax mini film
That's it for now. In use for the black and white project my most used lens is the 18mm-55mm. That's followed by a close second, the 14mm. A distant third place is the 23mm f/1.4. I would say it's a 60/30/10 breakdown at this point.
There are a few things that I have in mind that I think will be added over the next few months. None of them driven by this particular project but may see use. It was a hard decision for me between the 14mm and 10-24mm, like it is for most people. I'm glad I went with the 14mm. I do envision taking both with me on any particular occasion. I'm not getting rid of the 14mm when that purchase becomes reality.
The lens that I thought would be the first addition was the 35/1.4. That purchase was delayed entirely due to how much I like the 18-55. So was the 18/2. As time has passed and a new 35mm is in the lineup I'm sure I want a fast 50mm equivalent but am in no rush to get one. I don't really know which one it will be either.
The 18mm is on permanent hold due to how good the 18-55mm has proven to be. Given my bent towards another XT-1 as a backup and it being the next thing added all of my lens decisions and usage patterns might change a bit. Part of my 18-55mm choice right now for this project has a lot to do with having only one body and the documentary approach I am taking. Once I can mount two primes at the same time one of those 35mm Fujinon's may be the next priority.
The funny thing for this project is that I've never used the 56/1.2 ever on the black/white project. Looking back over everything I've made so far I can count the number of frames on one hand that were shot over 35mm with the 18-55mm. For whatever reason tighter shots just haven't seemed like they work.
A few people have asked about specific gear and post processing details here and there via email. I'll try to remember to include a couple of notes going forward but since it's fresh in my head…
All photos included in this post were shot with the 18-55 XF and processed in LR CC with VSCO Film05 BW400CN applied at import. Pretty much my typical tonal response curve for proofing anything on the Black/White project no matter what tool I happen to be using at the moment.