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The best Fujifilm X-Series kits for travel photography

The post The best Fujifilm X-Series Kits for travel photography first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Matt Murray.

Traveling has always been my first love. In 1994 I bought my first camera – a Pentax Zoom 90 WR point and shoot – because I was going to Europe for a two-year vacation. The only way to share photos with family then was to have the film developed and to place the prints at home!

Although photography (and technology) has changed remarkably in the last 25 years, what you should pay attention to in a travel photography camera is almost the same: small, light, capable of great results and preferably weatherproof.

I have used all kinds of camera brands over the years. For me, however, Fujifilm X-series cameras & lenses are the perfect travel companions. Whether it's a trip to the Australian outback, visiting remote Buddhist temples in the Javanese jungle, photographing puffins in the Faroe Islands or capturing traffic routes in Taiwan, my X-series cameras have # 39; always delivered amazing results. These are my recommended Fujifilm X-Series kits for your next big adventure.

Best minimalist kit

Camera: Fujifilm X100F
Lens: F2 Fujinon fixed lens
Weight: 469 grams

The best minimalist kit choice was simply the stunning Fujifilm X100F. This is the best compact digital camera ever made. Yes it really is that good!

Many photographers – including diehard users from other brands – use this as their "take everywhere" shooter. The X100F is small and quiet and the fast f / 2 Fujinon lens creates beautiful images. It may be small, but it has an impressive range of functions, including a leaf shutter and a built-in filter with neutral density.

Like all cameras I mention in this article, the X100F RAW can photograph alongside Fujifilm ' s beautiful simulations of JPG movies that replicate the look of classic movies such as Provia and Velvia. Fujifilm cameras produce the best JPGs that I have seen directly from the camera.

This choice is a bit unusual because it has a fixed lens. That's right. You cannot take it off and exchange it for another lens. If the 23 mm focal length (35 mm in full-frame terms) is not your preference, the system also has wide-angle conversion and telephoto lens converter lenses. However, these add extra weight to your set. One of the few disadvantages of the X100F is that it is not weatherproof. But at least it is small enough to fit in your pocket during a downpour.

One body plus one lens kit

Camera body: X-T30
Lens: XF 18-55 mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS lens
Approximate weight: 693 grams

If you only have room to take one body and one lens with you when traveling, I would recommend the brand new Fujifilm X-T30 with the XF 18-55 mm F / 2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. I have been using this line of cameras since I bought the X-T10 as a second body for my X-T1 and I have also used the X-T20. The X-T cameras with a "0" behind them are lighter, cheaper, non-weatherproof versions of the flagship models, but usually have largely the same technology. For example, the X-T30 has the same 26.1 MP X-Trans 4 CMOS sensor as the X-T3.

Alternatives to the camera body would be the X-T20 and the X-E3. The X-T20 gives you a screen that tilts up and down for overhead and low to the ground. While the X-E3 is the more minimalist choice and has a joystick that determines where the focus point is located in the frame. The X-T30 and the X-T3 both have functions.

My lens choice for this kit is the XF 18-55 mm F / 2.8-4 R LM OIS. It is not only one of my favorite Fujifilm lenses, but it is also the lens that I have used the most in the last three years.

Often sold with camera housings, many newcomers to the X series note that the XF 18-55 mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS lens is "surprisingly good for a kit lens." This lens is absolutely not suitable as an inadequate starter set of lenses produced by other manufacturers. The XF 18-55 mm F / 2.8-4 R LM OIS is a stunningly sharp lens in itself and has produced some of my favorite photos ever.

It may not be weather-resistant, but with OIS (optical image stabilization) to ensure that your shots are as sharp as possible at lower shutter speeds. It is a zoom lens with variable aperture, which means that the maximum aperture changes as you zoom through the range. However, you can still shoot at f / 2.8 with a focal length of 18 mm and f / 4 at the 55 mm end. It is a top lens for landscape, cityscape and portraits.

Best kit under 1 kg

Camera body: X-T30
lenses: XF 18-55 mm F / 2.8-4 R LM OIS + XF 35 mm f / 1.4 R
Approximate weight: 880 grams

My choice for the best set with a weight of less than 1 kg includes the same choices as the ' One body plus one lens ' kit above, with the addition of the XF 35mm f / 1.4 R. The first time that I used this lens, I was overwhelmed by its sharpness and stunning bokeh. It is a top lens for portraits, subjects for still lifes and even for street shots.

It had the reputation of being slow to focus, but with Fujifilm's ongoing firmware updates for both lenses and camera bodies, this has vastly improved. I would not hesitate to use it in every situation. This lens has a fast maximum aperture of f / 1.4 with which you can take ' night photos ' s without setting the ISO too high or reducing the shutter speed too low.

One zoom, two fast prime kit

Camera body ' s: X-T30
lenses: XF 18-55 mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS + XF 35 1.4 R + XF 60 mm f2.4 R Macro
Approximate weight: 1.095 kg

For a lightweight travel set of just over 1 kg and with two fast prime lenses, add the macro XF 60 mm f / 2.4 R to the above kit. This is another option that is often overlooked by newer lenses on the block, but it offers excellent image quality for portraits and macro shooting.

Although it is not a real macro lens (it offers 1: 2 magnification instead of the standard 1: 1 magnification for a real macro lens), it is an incredibly light option for close-up shots. It weighs less than a third of the weight of the Fujifilm XF 80 mm F / 2.8 R LM OIS WR macro lens.

Best weatherproof kit

Camera body ' s: X-T3
lenses: XF 16 mm F1.4 R WR, 23f2, XF 50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR.
Approximate weight: 2.6 kg check

The best weatherproof kit is equipped with Fujifilm ' s latest X-series flagship camera. The X-T3 has been highly praised by both users and critics since its release in mid-2018. It is an impressive performance, with the fastest autofocus in the X series and a continuous shooting speed of up to 20 frames per second. I really enjoyed using this camera alongside my X-T2, which is still an excellent camera.

The newcomer in this kit is the XF 16 f / 1.4 WR lens – often praised as the best lens in the X series line-up. Weatherproof, the lens is visually stunning and a solid performer for landscape, cityscape and shooting in low light. With a short focal distance of 15 cm, the XF 16 f1.4 WR lens is very versatile. I like to use it for food photography.

Best travel set with zoom lenses

Camera body ' s: X-T3 and X-T30
lenses: XF 18-55 mm F / 2.8-4 R LM OIS and XF 50-140 mm F / 2.8 R LM OIS WR.
Weight: 1.8kg

This kit offers you the best of both worlds: the X-T30 with the XF 18-55 mm F / 2.8-4 R LM OIS lens and a weather-resistant combo of the X-T3 with the stunning XF 50-140 mm F / 2.8 R LM OIS WR lens.

With a weight of 995 grams you can wonder why I would choose this lens as part of a travel set? I was even laughed at when I suggested this lens to travel. Although it is heavy, this lens is a must-have in my travel photography set.

Just like an equivalent focal range of 70 – 200 mm, the lens has a constant maximum aperture of f / 2.8, which means that you can shoot over the entire zoom range with a small depth of field. This is especially useful in low-light situations or to achieve a small depth of field at any time.

This XF 50-140 mm F / 2.8 R LM OIS WR lens also features OIS (optical image stabilization) and has a pleasant bokeh. I used this lens for landscape, cityscape and portraits. If I could only choose one lens to travel, I would have to flip a coin to choose between the two amazing zoom lenses in this kit.

If you have other weight or budget considerations, you can replace the excellent XF 55-200 mm F / 3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens in this set. I have never regretted taking this lens on trips, but if you plan to shoot in the extreme range of the zoom lens in low light, then shoot with a maximum aperture of f / 4.8, which is the shutter speed may delay. Fortunately, this is another lens with OIS (optical image stabilization).

My favorite set

Camera body ' s: X-T3 and X-T2
lenses: XF 16 mm F / 1.4 R WR + XF 18-55 mm F / 2.8-4 R LM OIS + XF 35 mm f / 1.4 R + XF 50-140 mm F / 2.8 R LM OIS WR
Approximate weight: 2.9 kg

This is my favorite kit. It may be the toughest on this list, but this is what I would normally do during my travel adventures. It connects two weatherproof camera housings with my two favorite zoom lenses and two favorite prime lenses. This kit has a range of 16-140 mm (24-210 in full frame terms) and offers a large number of shooting situations. The XF 50-140 mm F / 2.8 R LM OIS WR lens may not be the longest in the X series line-up, but it is still capable of taking beautiful nature photos.

X-Series options I do not recommend the travel sets

X-T100

Fujifilm released the entry-level model X-T100 in 2018. Although this attractive looking camera is very similar to the rest of the X series, the autofocus cannot match the cameras I mentioned above.

18-135 mm lens

The XF18-135mm lens is often on the list of recommended lenses for Fujifilm travel photography. I own and use one, but it doesn't make my list. For a slower, all-in-one travel zoom, I don't think he has enough reach.

27 mm lens

The 27 mm F / 2.8 pancake lens is sharp and you can often buy it for a low price. It is a favorite with many Fujifilm photographers, but it doesn't matter because it is the only lens in the line-up that has no ring on the lens to change the aperture.

Conclusion

The Fujifilm X-Series range is perfect for travel photographers for many reasons.

With an impressive range of prime and zoom lenses for all budgets, the X series allows you to enjoy a wide range of situations, including low-light photography and adverse weather conditions. The camera housings have a retro charm and excellent ergonomics, and no other system can match the beauty of Fujifilm ' s JPG ' s from the camera.

Whether it's a day trip near home or the trip of a lifetime, Fujifilm X-Series is my number one travel photography recommendation.

Do you use your Fujifilm camera ' s for your travel photos ' s? Let us know what you use in the comments below.

The post The best Fujifilm X-Series Kits for travel photography first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Matt Murray.

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