I originally bought this with the intention of shooting video. Little did I know I found an interest in photography. This camera has been amazing in low light, especially when traveling and in places that don't allow flashes (it also means I don't have to carry one). The size & weight has been one of the strong points since I walk about a lot when traveling and I look like just another tourist instead of someone trying to capture lions for National Geographic.
I take these 2 lenses everywhere I travel, these are my staple lenses with the 24-70mm being the main stay on body when I'm traveling to a new city. The versatility means I don't have to worry about fiddling with lenses missing the shot.
The 55mm is great for walking about and the ability to shoot at F1.8 means I can get the oh so famous "bokeh". This lens has also made me think more about each frame/shot and being more alert about anticipating my surroundings. Learning to "zoom with my feet" has also meant I've had to learn more about composition.
I'll admit it, I bought this lens cause it just looked great! Being new to manual focusing I quickly learnt it wasn't so simple. Having things like focus magnification and focus peaking definitely makes getting sharp pictures more achievable (I have no idea how people can take pictures without them on manual lenses), but it's still a challenge.
This lens is teaching me a whole new range of things I need to master. Without AF I've had to learn to be a lot more aware of my surroundings, anticipating what I might be able to capture. Seeing that I love how this lens looks, I need to quickly learn how to get a higher hit rate with sharp images.
I wanted something small that was pocketable. Camera phones have come a long way, but I've gotten used to having more control & flexibility with my camera and wanted to be able to have something on me with similar abilities. I also wanted to have a second camera if I had a fixed prime on my main one.
Being roughly a 24-70mm (35mm equivalent), it allowed me to cover the base focal range I was looking for. The ND filter was another bonus, meaning I could also capture video on bright sunny days and take long exposure shots if I felt like doing some landscape.