No longer a newbie, moving up!
- Apr 24, 2018
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It all depends on what you value. I value lighter weight and smaller size above having 2.8 available at all focal lengths. If you are ok with shooting at higher ISO and dealing with a bit of noise, you CAN have a smaller kit. The Fuji xt2 and 18-55 and 50-230 cover 99% of my needs, fit in a small bag or medium sized purse and are light enough for me to carry all day on a hike.
I never leave my kit at home due to weight or inconvenience anymore. When I had a dslr and dslr sized lenses, I was frequently leaving them at the hotel when on vacation because I didn’t want to lug them around. And that wasn’t even a giant full frame!
You have to make a conscious decision not to get sucked back into the big lens mentality or you switch to mirrorless and end up right back where you were.
I have been travelling a lot for work, and even my XT-2 + 18-55mm zoom is a bit much to pack for a primarily work trip (taken some personal trips also). I have mainly been taking my Contax iia, but sometimes I fall back to the Konica Big Mini HG. The Contax with the Voigtlander SC Skopar 21mm f4 mounted fits in my computer bag (about the size of a charging puck), plus I carry my Zeiss 50mm f2 Sonnar also, and a few filters. The Konica of course is the most compact, but has limitations.
I agree on the big lens with mirrorless. When I bought the XT-2 it had a 18-55 mounted, but I looked at the 18-135 also. I thought this does almost everything, but when I picked it up I realized it defeated the reason I wanted the mirrorless (size/weight), so ended up with the 18-55.