The purchase of a digital camera and lenses is less about the cost of the camera, and a lot about the cost of the lenses. All digital camera companies bring new camera bodies every year or two, but lens designs are rarely updated. On Canon I had a 28 F2.8 which was designed in 1980! All of Fujifilm lens designs are new, and the system is yet untested by time.
Fujifilm lenses do not need to work on legacy (film) mounts, software corrections is done to every JPEG and RAW and so the lenses are designed to offer the best optical performance possible. Optical defects that are corrected afterwards (vignetting, barrel or pincushion distortions and some chromatic aberrations) no longer have to be solved in the optical design.
You set the aperture on all Fujifilm XF lenses by rotating a ring with apertures marked from F1.4 all the way to F16 and A (auto). At first I thought that this is an ancient way of setting an electronic aperture. But guess what? It feels very natural. And the tactile feeling and the feedback give a certain “sureness” in setting the parameters on a Fuji lens.
When the aperture ring is set to A the camera enters shutter priority, and sets the aperture itself. Of course not all lenses start with F1.4 (I wish!) and the variable-aperture zoom like the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm has no markings on the ring.
Also having the luxury of more time and a bigger working space is that I got to use my different Fujifilm prime lenses. And let’s not forget that with each different portrait sitting you have to come up with a variety of posed shots, I tend to shoot a full length sitting down shot, a ¾ length standing up shot and then a selection of close-up headshots. The lenses I use in my shoots are the , and my .