Fuji 18-55mm - A month shooting, it's a Wrap

Well the challenge of shooting with a single lens for the month, my Fuji 18-55mm has finished and in truth didn't quite go to plan.

Having originally set out to simply shoot with this lens only, to finally decide if I want to keep it or move it on, the fact is there were just too many occasions when I ended up switching out to the 35mm or 60mm simply from a confidence point of view. 

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DYXT9655

On occasion I was pleasantly surprised by how the lens performed - ie outdoors, good light, but indoors where light isn't so great, I just don't feel the lens performs as well as I'm wanting it to.

It's left me with a conundrum at present. Do I switch it out for an 18mm or keep it in my bag for those times when a zoom is just the simple option. 

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DYXT9167

The issue still comes back to how I feel it performs and when I really want to be sure I'm going to get the shot I want, focus and IQ wise, then I tend to reach for the 35mm or 60mm, maybe it's just a confidence thing, but after a month's shooting with it, that feeling of knowing you're going to nail the shot just isn't there 100% . 

At present, finances only dictate the 18mm as much as I'd like the slightly wider, more superior 14mm. I believe the 18mm focal length wise will do what it needs to - invariably I tend to shoot the 18-55mm at either end of its focal range and little in the middle, so an 18mm, 35mm, 60mm prime set up would I believe suffice. 

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I'm also still hankering over an X100, perhaps an original rather than the S or T, but I'd like black to match my other bodies.  But, and it's a big but, the only X100 original bodies in black are the so called limited editions and I just don't feel they're worth the additional outlay, especially with the price of the S coming down.

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I guess it's a case of watch this space.  When the decision's been made you'll soon hear about it! But so far, the 18-55mm has done itself no harm in keeping itself in my camera bag. 

If you're using the 18-55mm zoom lens or the 18mm prime, I'd be interested to know your thoughts on how it performs. You can leave a comment below.