My new found love for the Fujifilm X-T2 has got my head spinning from all the lens choices out there. I just rented four lenses from my pals BorrowLenses.com and I'm thrilled with their service. It was a breeze to set up an account, pick my lenses, and order them. They arrived on time and in great shape. I got to shoot a variety of stuff with them for some testing and now I need to have them all! I particularly loved the 56mm and the 16mm.
The 56mm is a full frame equivalent of 84mm, and the bokeh is awesome on it. The compression looks great at this focal length for portraits and non portraits alike. It's very quick to focus (unlike the Canon 85mm) and is super sharp even at f/1.2 (at least in the middle of the frame). I shot some really nice images of Melissa in the apartment lit up by this stop light that is facing in our window. Also got some cool shots of an RC car in the park tearing around a baseball field. It was a nice test of the focus tracking system. It was also interesting to shoot some streetscape type images with this lens, since I would normally shoot with a 35 or 50... so 84ish shows things in a new way for me. One thing I really enjoy is shooting portraits for fun, and this lens is the ticket. I absolutely loved the 56mm and I think it would be a perfect addition to round out my lens assortment at the longer end.
As far as the wide prime showdown... I had the 16mm up against the 18mm. The 16mm is an awesome piece of glass. The minimum focus distance is absurdly close and the chromatic aberration is almost nonexistent, especially in comparison to the 18mm. Unfortunately, the 18mm's best quality is its weight and size. I knew all of this going into the rental, and honestly you can get away with shooting the 18mm and you won't be able to tell the difference nine out of ten times, but the 16mm really is just so clean. The glass is just big and nice. Might not be so nice to carry that extra weight in your bag on a trip somewhere, though! The 18mm has pretty soft focus towards the edges, especially in the corners. The chromatic aberration is very apparent as well. It is worth noting that the 16mm is equivalent to a 24mm and the 18mm is equivalent to a 27mm. That extra field of view is great since I already have the 23mm (35mm equiv.). 27 is close to 35, so I would like the extra field of view of the 24 equiv. especially considering it's intended use— street/architecture/travel. The distortion is almost non existent. I think you get my point.
The 60mm macro (90mm equiv.) is a beast and looks really clean. It's slower to focus but I wouldn't need fast focusing since anything I'd be shooting with it would be just details of stationary items in a controlled environment. This lens isn't at the top of my list because I do have an extension tube which will work for now... but I would love to pick this one up eventually! (Knife pictured above was shot for my pocket knife Instagram account— check it out! @notoriousEDC)
I didn't do any formal lens tests because they're all over the internet and ain't nobody got time for that. I just shot what I'd typically shoot to see if I would like the photos from these lenses. Big thanks again to BorrowLenses.com for providing such a great service!