My “Ultimate” Fujifilm Travel Kit

I recently set out to create an “ultimate” Fujifilm travel kit.

Over the last couple of years, as I’ve collected more and more gear, traveling with my cameras and lenses has become cumbersome, which has lead to frustrations and reduced productivity. More isn’t always better; in fact, less is often more—this is especially true when traveling. I realized that my gear wasn’t nearly as ready for adventure as I was, and I needed to make some series changes to my kit before embarking on my next road trip.

What makes a travel kit bad? If it’s big and heavy and gets in the way, it’s not good. My travel kit consisted of a backpack camera bag filled with multiple bodies and as many lenses as I could stuff inside. I went to Montana last fall, and in my bag there was an X-T1, X-T30, X100V, and X-M1, plus a handful of lenses, including the Fujinon 100-400mm and Fujinon 90mm, which aren’t small or lightweight. I hardly used any of them, except for the X100V, which I could easily carry with me, and so I did. Because I had it with me, I used it often. The rest of the gear just got in the way—literally, the backpack took up too much space in the car, and it become a point of frustration. I would have been better off just bringing one or two cameras and maybe a few small lenses—gear that might have actually been used.

I was afraid that if I didn’t have a certain camera or lens, I would regret not bringing it, if at some point I thought I might need it. You never know what you’ll need, so it’s better to be prepared, right? What I discovered over the last few trips is that the majority of what I was carrying with me I didn’t use. Or, for some of it, if I did use it, it’s only because I forced myself to use it when it wasn’t really necessary. Having too much gear actually made me want to photograph less, and made me less creative when I did. My best photography most often happened when I had limited gear—perhaps one camera and one lens—and left the rest behind.

What makes a travel kit good? It should be compact and lightweight, yet versatile. One camera and one lens is often enough, but not always. The X100V is a great travel camera, but sometimes I need something more wide-angle or more telephoto—it’s not always versatile enough, even though it is often my camera of choice. I think two bodies and a limited assortment of lenses in a small bag is good. Small enough to not get in the way. Lightweight. Something that you don’t mind having with you, so you do. A good travel kit strikes a comfortable balance between practicality and petiteness.

I put together what I hoped would be a great kit for travel photography. I was able to put it to the test on a road trip to Arizona—was it actually going to work for me?—and I discovered many good points and a few things that still need to be worked out. Let’s take a close look at this “ultimate” Fujifilm travel kit that I assembled for myself, piece-by-piece.

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Bag

It might seem strange to begin with the bag, but in my mind it’s just that important. The camera bag needed to be very small, but it also had to be able to hold everything. Finding one that I felt was just the right size and design turned out to be a challenge, but after much research I stumbled across the National Geographic NG2344 Earth Explorer Shoulder Bag, and for only $40! The dimensions of this bag are roughly 8″ x 7″ x 6″, yet I can fit two cameras and six lenses inside. I was thrilled to learn that the bag fit into the middle storage console of my car, so it is completely out of the way on road trips, yet is easily and quickly accessible.

I subdivided the main compartment into four, using the soft dividers to create “hidden” storage under the cameras, which I use for lenses. The bottom-right holds two Fujinon lenses, and the bottom-left holds three third-party lenses. Two cameras fit on top, just as long as the interchangeable-lens camera has a pancake lens attached. The small front compartment holds charging cords, extra batteries, SD-cards, etc., while the two tiny top pockets (which are probably more for looks than anything) hold lens-wipes. While everything is packed in, I don’t feel like it’s overstuffed—there actually is a little room for more, should I need it.

One thing that I don’t like about this bag is that the shoulder strap is permanently attached. I might modify it at some point to make the strap removable, as I think that would improve it. Otherwise, the bag seems pretty darn good for the travel photographer.

National Geographic Earth Explorer Bag Amazon B&H

Cameras

I already owned a Fujifilm X100V, and that camera was going to be in this kit, no doubt about it. The other camera was a question mark for me. It needed to be small yet an interchangeable-lens model. I thought that my X-T30 might be too big, so maybe the X-E3, but it has the older sensor. I really wasn’t sure which camera was going to be the right one. Then Fujifilm announced the X-E4, and I really hoped that it would be the correct camera for this kit, so I immediately preordered it. After several weeks of waiting, and just a couple of days before my Arizona trip, it arrived at my doorstep. And it fit perfectly into the camera bag.

Fujifilm X100V

The Fujifilm X100V, which I’ve had for about 10 months, was a birthday gift from my wife. It’s such a great camera and I absolutely love to shoot with it. The X100V has a permanently attached 23mm lens, which is 35mm full-frame equivalent—a very useful focal-length. The compactness of it makes it especially great for travel.

There are some X100V features that are unique in my bag. It’s weather-sealed, has a nearly silent mechanical leaf shutter, built-in high-speed-synch fill-flash, optical viewfinder, and built-in neutral-density filter. I could photograph with this camera 90% of the time and be very happy, but the X100V isn’t always the right choice. It has strengths, but it also has weaknesses that limit its versatility.

If I could only have one camera, it would be the X100V; however, I believe that this camera demands a partner. If you have this camera, you also need an interchangeable-lens option to accompany it. That’s why I have two cameras in my kit, even though the X100V is oftentimes all that I need.

Fujifilm X100V Black    Amazon   B&H
Fujifilm X100V Silver   Amazon   B&H

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Fujifilm X100V on the Arizona trip.

Putting Practice – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Metal Pool Flowers – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Pinnacle Peak – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X100V

Fujifilm X-E4

The Fujifilm X-E4 is the smallest interchangeable-lens camera with an electronic viewfinder offered by Fujifilm. The compact size of the X-E4 is an important aspect of this travel kit. I have an X-T30, which is a small camera that’s a little bigger than the X-E4, and it does fit into the camera bag, but barely—it’s much more snug than I want it to be. In a pinch it would work, but the X-E4 is a more comfortable fit, and a better choice because of that.

When the X100V isn’t the right tool, the X-E4 fills in nicely. It adds great versatility to the travel kit. I can go more wide-angle or telephoto by changing the lens. It can store one more film simulation recipe than the X100V. It has some new JPEG features that the X100V doesn’t. Even though 90% of the time the X100V is all that I need, I found myself using the X-E4 much more than I thought I would. It’s a fun camera that’s easy to have with you because of its compact size.

Fujifilm X-E4 Black    Amazon   B&H
Fujifilm X-E4 Silver   Amazon   B&H

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Fujifilm X-E4 on the Arizona trip.

Three Palms – Sun City West, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm
That Way – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm
Blossoming Red – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm

Lenses

In the camera bag I have six lenses—seven if you count the one permanently attached to the X100V. This provides versatility for whatever photographic situations present themselves. The lenses must be small, or else they won’t fit inside the bag.

Would a 100-400mm zoom be nice to have as an option? Yes, for sure! But it’s too big, and it would add a lot of weight—if it’s not going to be used much, it’s not worth bringing along. The Fujinon 90mm f/2 is one of my favorite lenses, but it’s also big and heavy, and not used often enough, so it’s not in this kit. A zoom lens would make a lot of sense, perhaps something like the 18-55mm f/2.8-4, but I prefer primes. My philosophy as I put this travel kit together was smaller is better. Zooms are often smaller than a few primes put together, but are rarely smaller than a singe prime. If a lens attached to the X-E4 made it possibly pocketable, that was a win. The more compact the camera and lens combo is, the more convenient it will be for travel. With those goals in mind, I chose six lenses to place inside my camera bag.

Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R

The Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R is Fujifilm’s second smallest lens, which makes it a great option for travel. The 18mm focal-length, which is 27mm full-frame equivalent, is very useful—great for walk-around photography and landscapes. This is my primary wide-angle lens in this kit. The 18mm f/2 is a little loud and a bit slow, but it captures beautiful pictures. The compact size and lovely image quality are what makes this lens great.

Most of the time when I want a wide-angle option, the 18mm focal-length works well; however, occasionally I would like something a little wider. I think a 14mm or 12mm lens would be preferable sometimes, but unfortunately there’s not an option that’s small enough for my camera bag—for example, my Rokinon 12mm f/2 is just a little too big. Thankfully, this lens is often a great choice when I want to shoot wide-angle, so it gets used a lot, and is an essential part of this travel kit.

Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R   Amazon   B&H

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Fujinon 18mm lens on the Arizona trip.

Sunlight Through Palm Leaves – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 18mm
American Motorcycle – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 18mm
Roundabout – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 18mm

Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR

The Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR was my most used lens on the trip to Arizona. It’s Fujifilm’s smallest lens, so I knew that it would be an essential element of my travel kit, but I didn’t know just how much I’d love using it. The 27mm focal length, which is 40.5mm full-frame equivalent, is the closest to a “normal” lens on Fujifilm X, yet it is slightly wide-angle.

If I wanted to really simplify things, I could be happy just bringing this lens and the 18mm f/2 to pair with the X-E4 (plus the X100V). That would be a lightweight and uncomplicated kit. Expanding the focal-length options with a few other lenses is a nice bonus, but the heart and soul of the camera bag are the two camera bodies and the 27mm and 18mm pancake lenses.

Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR   Amazon   B&H

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Fujinon 27mm lens on the Arizona trip.

Old Cars & Tires – Kamas, UT – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm
Two Roses, Mary & Child – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 27mm
Two Thirty – Surprise, AZ – Fujifilm X-T4 & Fujinon 27mm

Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR

The Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR has been my most used lens over the last two years. The 52.5mm full-frame equivalent focal-length makes this a slightly telephoto “standard” prime lens, often referred to as a “nifty fifty”. There’s a little redundancy between this and the 27mm, as they’re both “standard” lenses, but the 35mm has some advantages: quieter autofocus, larger maximum aperture, slightly superior optics. Despite that, I found myself using the 35mm f/2 less often than I thought I would.

Because I have the 27mm lens, this lens isn’t an essential part of the travel kit. Since there’s room for it and it’s been a favorite lens of mine for a couple years, I decided to include it anyway. I did use it a little on my trip, but more because I forced myself to and not so much because I needed to. I might rethink its inclusion in the camera bag, but for now the 35mm f/2 lens stays.

Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR Amazon B&H

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Fujinon 35mm lens on the Arizona trip.

SS At 35th – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 35mm
Coin Prizes – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 35mm
Lemon Tree – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Fujinon 35mm

Pergear 10mm f/8 Fisheye

The Pergear 10mm f/8 Fisheye lens is quite limited in its usefulness, but occasionally it comes in handy, such as when I visited Horseshoe Bend, which demanded an ultra-wide-angle option for the dramatic landscape. The Fujinon 18mm lens wasn’t nearly wide-enough, so the Pergear 10mm came out and did the trick. The strong barrel distortion makes it tough to use, but it’s definitely useable in a pinch.

This compact pancake lens takes up almost no space in the camera bag, so its inclusion is a no-brainer. Even if it was only used a few times, and otherwise remained in the bag unused, it’s worth having around for those rare occasions when this lens comes in handy. It’s so small, lightweight and cheap, it just makes sense to have it in the camera bag, providing a more wide-angle option than 18mm.

Pergear 10mm f/8 Fisheye Amazon

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Pergear 10mm lens on the Arizona trip.

Yucca – Glen Canyon Nat. Rec. Area, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Pergear 10mm
Green Spikes – Glen Canyon Nat. Rec. Area, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Pergear 10mm
Sitting Above Horseshoe Bend – Glen Canyon Nat. Rec. Area, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Pergear 10mm

Asahi Pentax-110 50mm f/2.8

The Asahi Pentax-110 50mm f/2.8 was the last lens that I added to the travel kit. Why did I include it? Because, since it’s a tiny lens, there was room for it, and I really like how it renders pictures. This lens has a fixed aperture, which makes its usefulness limited, but when I do use it I enjoy the pictures that I capture with it. This Asahi lens is the only vintage lens in this kit.

I wish that I had used this lens more, but it had competition, so I ended up using it less than I should have. Next time I will use it more. This little 75mm full-frame-equivalent lens has a special quality and takes up so little space, so its inclusion in the travel kit should have been obvious. The Asahi Pentax-110 50mm lens is going to stick around awhile.

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Asahi Pentax-110 50mm lens on the Arizona trip.

Spring Seeding – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Pentax-110 50mm
Closed Canopy – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Pentax-110 50mm
Jon (and Yoda) Ready to Play – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & Pentax-110 50mm

7artisans 50mm f/1.8

The sixth lens in my travel kit is the 7artisans 50mm f/.8. This fully manually lens is good and all, but there are two reasons why it will be replaced: I already have a 50mm lens that I like, and focusing on distant objects is more difficult than it should be. Otherwise this a decent lens, and it has several advantages over the Asahi 50mm: closer minimum focus distance, larger maximum aperture, adjustable aperture, less vignetting—technically speaking, it’s a superior lens, but it’s missing the great character that is oozing from the vintage Asahi lens.

The reason why I selected this particular lens for this kit is because it’s the smallest 50mm X-mount lens available. I did discover that there’s actually a little more room in the bag for something slightly bigger. Ideally I’d like to replace this with a longer focal-length lens, but at the moment I’m just not sure what it will be, or when I’ll replace it. I do know that the inclusion of the 7artisans 50mm f/1.8 lens in my travel kit won’t last long.

7artisans 50mm f/1.8 Amazon

Below are a few pictures that I captured with my Asahi Pentax-110 50mm lens on the Arizona trip.

Tropical Blossom Monochrome – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & 7artisans 50mm
Dark Blossoms – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & 7artisans 50mm
Tattered Awning – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-E4 & 7artisans 50mm

Conclusions

How ultimate is my “ultimate” Fujifilm travel kit? It’s not perfect, but it’s significantly better than what I was traveling with before. The bag is ideal. The two cameras are wonderful. There are some excellent lenses to choose from. No doubt about it, this is a really good kit for travel photography.

If anything, it’s the lens selection that’s not quite perfect. I like the 18mm and 27mm. The 35mm is great, too, but a little unnecessary since I have the 27mm. The X100V, with its built-in 23mm lens, is awesome. I like the Asahi Pentax 50mm lens, but it’s not especially practical for everyday photography. The 10mm Fisheye is good to have around, but not especially useful most of the time. Those two lenses take up very little space, so it’s easy to keep them in the bag just in case I want to use them, but I know that I won’t be using either of them all that often. I don’t need two 50mm lenses, so the 7artisans will be replaced.

Should I replace the Fujinon 35mm f/2? If so, with what? The 16mm f/2.8 is the same size, so it’s a logical option, although it creates the same redundancy problem, just at the wide-angle end, which actually might be slightly more practical. Maybe the Fujinon 16mm f/2.8 and the Fujinon 50mm f/2 would be good options to replace the 35mm and the 7artisans models. The 50mm f/2 is a little bigger, but I believe it would fit. The Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 might be an option instead of the 50mm, which would be preferable because it has a longer reach and is also a macro lens, but it might be a tad too big for the bag. Maybe I should consider a vintage model. Or maybe replace two primes with a zoom. There’s a lot to consider, and I think replacing one or two lenses will make this “ultimate” travel kit even better. I’ll let you know when I make that modification, and how it goes.

This trip to Arizona that I recently returned from was photographically so much more pleasant than my other travels over the last couple of years. A small camera bag filled with compact and lightweight gear—a purposeful assortment of cameras and lenses—is a night-and-day difference from the heavy backpack stuffed with everything that could fit that I used to haul around. Practical and petite is preferable when it comes to travel photography. Less is often more. This might not yet be the “ultimate” Fujifilm travel kit, but it’s pretty close, and will only get better.

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37 comments

  1. allanbramsen · March 29

    Well i fine write up there, i must say the ultimate kit i had in 2020 was the X100V and the WCL+TCL then i had a fine range that was working to almost everything.
    Now its the XS10 and the 35mm 1.4 that are doing it and i swear i could use that and the 16mm 2.8 for a year of travel and would be happy.
    But a no brainer is the X100V and the WCL+TCL!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 30

      One of these days I will try the WCL & TCL. That would be a good small and lightweight kit that’s versatile enough for most situations.

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  2. Ricardo Richon Guzman · March 29

    awesome post as right now we are again at lockdown : I see the camera bag whiche gets bigger and bigger as its stuck at home.

    just before 2nd lockdown I could escape safely and take the camera bag with an X-T3 and 5 lentes …. use 2

    so your so right: some lenses are for “work” like portraits and such, you leave them home.

    some are for traveling/everyday/family: usually the one always stuck on the camera.

    My learnings: a small bag with just the camera and a 23-27mm lens and your good to go

    PS: maybe your perfect small setup is it just the X100V and the wide and long extentions for it and that’s it

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 30

      Thanks for the input! I’ve actually never used the wide and tele conversion lenses, but that would make a lot of sense. Maybe I should try them to see how that goes.
      You bring up a good point: just because certain gear doesn’t make it into the travel bag, doesn’t mean that you have to part ways with it. I still have my longer lenses and the other camera bodies.
      I appreciate the comment!

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  3. David · March 29

    Great post inspiring on how to outfit a smaller, lighter kit. Appreciate your comments around the versatility of the 27mm…so if it is going to be one lens (for an ultra small kit – that would be it). For a travel kit, thinking the 35mm f/2 and the 50mm f/2 which I already own to go with my X-T20….and probably going to add the 16mm f/2.8 to round things out. Thanks for putting in the effort.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 30

      That sounds like a solid kit! I really like the 27mm, but if you have the 35mm f/2, that basically serves the same purpose. 16mm, 35mm and 50mm would be a good group of lenses.

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    • Khürt Williams · April 3

      Hi David,

      Instead of multiple lenses, I recommend buying the (red badge) XF16-55mF2.8 R LM WR. You may not save any money but it covers that entire range you listed.

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      • David · April 3

        Thanks Khurt. I have often thought about that fantastic lens but have concerns around the weight on the front of one of the smaller cameras like the X-T20.

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      • Khürt Williams · April 3

        I understand. The XF16-55mm is a heavy (655g) lens. The XF50mmF1.0 lens weighs 200g more. 😳

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  4. walker · March 30

    I’ve always been a 1 camera 1 lens dude (as light as possible). I know it’s not the best solution in many occasions but I learned living with/ those constraints… and that also helped me to improve my humble photography skills.
    Glen Canyon is a terrific lovely place… lovely shots!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 1

      Limitations improve art, and one camera and one lens is often all that you need. I appreciate your kind words and input!

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  6. James Thorpe · March 30

    Just to add to the converter comments… the wide and tele converters for the X70 (technically a “discontinued” model) are usually available much cheaper and fit the X100 line perfectly.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Cheers,
    James

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  8. Aaron · April 2

    I’m in the same dilemma as you so I totally relate on this post. I have the 35mm f2, 16mm f1.4, 16-80mm f4 and xc 15-45. I just got the X-T4 and also have X-T30.
    I’m more of a hybrid shooter so IBIS is a big upgrade for me with the X-T4.
    I’m contemplating to get the 18 f2 for its size, especially for travel.
    I so love the 16 f1.4 but it’s size and weight is noticeable after some time.
    My plan is to have a travel kit like yours, X-T4 and X-T30 with the 18 f2, 35 f2, and just bring the 16-80 f4 if I needed extra reach. I use a peak design everyday sling 6L bag which I think is perfect for my travel kit.
    Your blogpost is so helpful to all fuji fans and I wish you all the best!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 3

      Thank you for the input! I have this travel kit, but I also have my non-travel “kit” with all sorts of other things that will not get used when traveling but maybe when I am staying local or shooting something very specific. In other words, I didn’t get rid of my gear, but set aside some specific items for traveling light, and purchased a few new items for that purpose. It can certainly be tough to know what to buy and what to take and what to leave behind. There’s a lot of options for the Fujifilm photographer, and pluses and minuses to each. I appreciate the comment!

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  9. thedullchannel · April 3

    For now I am just doing small daytrips through the city and I bought myself a PD sling bag that could fit a water bottle, the X-T3 with a lens and an additional lens. I never had the need to carry so many lenses. When on travels I bring a few more lenses but when out and about I choose one or maybe two to carry that day.
    Sometimes I wish Fuji would bring out an X70 successor just for the days when I want some camera in my pocket. I ws checking X70s on ebay but people pay quite some money for them nowdays….

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    • Khürt Williams · April 3

      I have the 6L Peak Design Everyday Sling bag. Which one are you using?

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      • thedullchannel · April 3

        Same one in ash. Perfect size and much more comfortable than a shoulder bag. How are you liking yours?

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      • Khürt Williams · April 3

        I love it. I should have bought it sooner.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 3

      I have looked several times to buy an X70, but they go for practically the same price as they did when they were new. Fujifilm really needs to make a successor.
      When I am around town, like you, I’m often just carrying one camera and one or two lenses. Thank you for the input!

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  10. Khürt Williams · April 3

    These photographs all look great, Ritchie. To keep things simple and not annoy my wife, when travelling, I usually follow a modification of what I’m calling the “Rule of One”; one camera, one lens and one film simulation. The “travel” kit, my Fuji X-T2 and XF27mmF2.8, fit into a 6L Peak Design Everyday Sling bag. I will usually choose your original Classic Chrome recipe, but Imay also like your Kodak Ektar 100 recipe.

    If it’s a workshop or photography field trip, I’m likely to bring more lenses and use whatever film simulation feels right at the moment.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 3

      That’s a great solution! Great for consistency. I’ve been thinking about doing a project with that same philosophy (which you appropriately named Rule of One). I think that would be a lot of fun. Thank you for the input and encouragement, it’s much appreciated!

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  11. orangedam · April 3

    Very interesting article, thanks Ritchie for sharing! I’m in the process to buy a small camera, and my favorite choices are the X100V and the X-E4. The possibility to change the lens is very important to me, so I think I’ll bring the X-E4, but doing so a question arise: getting the camera with the 27mm bundle, or the body + the 18mm? Your article also suggested me (thanks for the diabolical idea!) the 27mm bundle and the Pergear 10mm. I plan to use it for travel, landscape and everyday use. What do you think about?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 8

      The 27mm is a “must” for me. I couldn’t imagine not having it. The 18mm is a great addition, but between it and the 27mm, I’d go with the 27mm. If you can get both, that’s a great kit. I think the 16mm f/2 would be a solid alternative to the 18mm, or even the 14mm f/2.8. Lots to think about. The Pergear 10mm is so small and so cheap, even if you only use it every once in awhile, it’s easy to have, it’s worth getting in my opinion.

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      • orangedam · April 18

        Thanks Ritchie for the wise suggestions. I had them clear on mind when I went to the shop, but when I went to the shop and tried it… I bought the X100V! The feeling was immediate… 🙂

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      • Ritchie Roesch · April 19

        Awesome! I love my X100V! I know you’ll love yours.

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  12. Philippe Debiève · April 5

    Hello Ritchie,
    I am always interested in your publications but in this case, it concerns me a lot. The situation is particular today but usually we travel by motorcycle and the choice of photographic equipment must be thoughtful. After the Balkans, Greece and Ladakh, in 2019 we traveled from Switzerland to Iran, to Persepolis for almost 10,000 km, I realized that I had practically only used my Fujifilm X100F, and incidentally my x-pro2 and the 16mm f1.4. I also had with me the 35 & 50mm f2 WR and had left at home the 90mm f2 WR, too heavy and bulky. The whole set fit in the tank bag of the bike.
    The X-100 series is probably ideal for this type of trip, it is possible to get as close as possible to people, without being aggressive.
    Now I mainly carry my new X-100 V, the two WCL II & TCL II optical accessories & a NISI filter set. With these I can deal with most situations.
    I put it all in a 3 liter Peak Design bag…
    If I want to go further, I can take an X-T3 or X-pro2 camera with other lenses: 50mm f2 WR and soon the 27mm f2.8 WR. I can put everything in my tank bag, on the bike.
    I, also take a small travel tripod, an iPad pro & everything needed to charge the batteries and transfer the photographs. Having the same batteries for all the cameras is very important.
    All that’s left is to be able to travel…

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 8

      One of these days I will try the two conversion lenses on the X100V. I think that would be a great option for travel.

      I didn’t mention tripod in this article, but that’s an important tool. I used to have this vintage tripod that folded up super tiny and was lightweight. It was too flimsy for a DSLR, but a mirrorless camera with a lightweight lens was a good fit. It was such a great travel tripod, but unfortunately it broke. My current tripods are good tripods, but not good travel tripods, so that’s something I need to work on.

      I appreciate the thoughtful comment!

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  13. Ross Macdonald · April 9

    Good article, thanks. I had an original X100 from 2012-2018, and understand that the OVF, leaf shutter, high-speed flash sync, weather sealing and built-in ND of the X100V make it more deluxe than the X-E4, but can we not get our cake and eat it, too? I think a lot of people would gladly purchase an interchangeable lens X100V, even it it cost $500 more without a built-in lens. (I realize the leaf shutter would not be possible.)

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 12

      The leaf shutter would definitely be lost. I think you have two “interchangeable-lens X100V” options: the X-E4 and X-Pro3. The X-E4 is more stripped-down but retains the size, the X-Pro3 is not stripped down at the expense of size. I don’t know how possible it would be to retain the size without compromises when making an interchangeable-lens X100 camera. I think, as you said, you can’t have your cake and eat it too: there will be compromises of some sort. Thanks for the comment!

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  14. Onno · April 21

    Hi Ritchie, interesting article. Finding the right travel kit is a never-ending challenge! Myself, I’m partial to zoom lenses while travelling. I hate it when I have to swap lenses constantly as it interferes with enjoying the trip itself. Also, there is the risk of sensor contamination when you swap lenses on the fly. My current travel kit starts with either a Mindshift sling bag or a Think Tank Story Teller shoulder bag, or a Tenba Cooper 13 shoulder bag. Camera is an XH1. I used to shoot with an XT2 (which I loved), but I prefer the bigger grip of the XH1 which makes it easier to hold the camera just in your hand without the risk of dropping it. Since I love to shoot wide (landscapes and cityscapes), my main lens is the XF 10-24 f/4.0 (mark I). I shoot on average 70% of my pictures with the 10-24. For general purpose, and especially the range between 35 and 55mm, I bring along the XF 16-55 f/2.8. It’s a little heavy, but the quality is outstanding and it balances nicely on the XH1. To cover low light situations and situations where I want to shoot more unobtrusively, I bring along the XF 23mm f/1.4. Again, fantastic quality and a very versatile focal distance. The whole set weighs in at 2 kilos (excluding the bag), which is about the maximum that I want to lug around. The nice thing about this set is that if I’m lazy or don’t have the opportunity to change lenses, any of these lenses that happens to be on my camera will carry me a long way, since they’re all very versatile. So, totally different outcome! Is it the ultimate travel kit? Yes – until the next reiteration :). Love your articles and the Fuji X Weekly site. Many thanks for all the hard work that must go into this!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 21

      I appreciate your kind words and input! The 10-24mm (mark 1) is a great lens. My wife has it and I’ve been able to use it a few times, but she is always using it, so it’s not always available for me. That and the 16-55mm f/2.8 that you have would make an excellent kit, for sure. And, you are right, the kit is in a contrast state of flux. Thank you for the comment!

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  15. mulkitez@gmail.com · April 23

    Great article – Lots of info! Thanks for taking the time to write that! Can I ask what big “camera” advantages you get by using the Xe4 over the x100v? (Not considering lens versatility or focal length, but pure camera features)

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 26

      The X-E4 doesn’t have many feature advantages over the X100V. Eterna Bleach Bypass and a couple different white balance options are really the only things. The X100V is the better, more-premium camera. The interchangeable-lens ability is the biggest advantage that the X-E4 has. I appreciate the comment!

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