Compare the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens to anything else on the APS-C camera market, and you’ll find pretty much no sort of equivalent product. It’s weather sealed, has optical image stabilization, doesn’t change its aperture very much throughout the range, and is built incredibly well. Then tag onto it the fact that it’s made by Fujifilm–one of the best lens makers of all time. Keep moving forward, and consider the fact that you’re putting this glass in front of the company’s excellent X Trans Sensors; designed by Fujifilm but manufactured by Sony. If you’re a sports, photojournalism, wildlife photographer or professional creeper then this lens may indeed by an option that you’ll want to consider. Announced quite a while back, the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR may also be the company’s most expensive lens. But if you need something like this, it’s worth every penny……
Last May I did a review of the Fujinon 2x converter that I had been testing for Fujifilm. My conclusions were that while the converter was a good fit with the XF50-140mm f2.8, the combination of the 2x and the XF100-400mm lens was a bit more of a considered purchase because of the limitations in use. CLICK HERE to read the review. Fast forward to day two of the 6 Hours of Mexico and I found myself trackside with the 100-400mm attached to the X-T2. One of the corners needed some extra reach on the lens and I reached into the camera bag for the 1.4x converter which works very well on the long Fujinon. However I had left the smaller converter back in my office by mistake so I had to fit the 2x to the 100-400mm to fill the frame with the fast moving race cars.The camera’s AF was set to AF-C and the combination worked adequately in tracking the cars. The hit rate did drop but when the X-T2 did lock onto the car it nailed the shot……
Best Wildlife CombinationFujiFilm XT-2 And The Fujinon XF100-400mm Now I loved my DSLR gear and had many enjoyable years and was rewarded with some amazing photos. But I was never really totally satisfied. The biggest problem was the weight of my camera equipment. It was too heavy and cumbersome and I hated travelling with it. The other was the uncertainty of whether my photos would be sharp. I was paranoid about mirror vibration. I always did my best in the field to ensure my shutter speed was fast enough and my long lens technique was correct.For years I dreamt of a lighter and shorter long lens. A zoom that would replace two of my lenses the 600mm and 200-400mm.It was always a mission as a subject moved closer to remove the lens from a gimbal head and replace it with the correct lens. Valuable seconds or minutes could be lost. Resulting in missed photographs…..
Back in early 2014, a XF 120-400mm emerged on Fujfilm’s lens roadmap – the first super-tele lens of the system. From this earliest glimpse, it was a little bit of a rocky path and it took no less than 2 years till the real McCoy was finally available – the Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. In full format terms, we are talking about a range equivalent to „152-609mm“. Given the comparatively slow speed and long entry focal length, it’s not an obvious option for portraits (although you can do that, of course) but it’s more aligned to sports and wildlife photography. During the field test I also had lots of fun with the lens in central Sydney. Let’s mention this obvious first – this lens is a brick. You may associate mirrorless systems with compact lenses but this one does not qualify – the Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 OIS is an example for a substantially smaller super-tele zoom lens. So better prepare your biceps – including an attached camera, the combo stays just below the 2kg mark………
The Fuji 100-400mm is a very long zoom (150~600mm equivalent) for the Fuji X-series cameras.It has great optics and stabilization and is reasonably well made, but it’s expensive, doesn’t focus that close and is mostly plastic. It is nowhere near the quality of a professional DSLR lens like the Canon 100-400mm L IS II which sells for about the same price. Before I’d get too excited about this lens, ask yourself if you really want such a big, expensive and partly plastic lens for a „lightweight“ camera system. I’d suggest you’d be much better off with any Canon DSLR and the Canon 100-400mm L II, which is far superior.For this price for a mirrorless camera, I’d also consider a Sony RX10 Mk III which comes with a superb Zeiss lens that covers the equivalent of 24~600mm f/2.4~4, and includes an excellent camera along with the lens for less than the cost of this much larger Fuji lens alone. To be perfectly honest, I compared the two, and the Sony RX10 Mk III focuses a little faster than this 100-400mm lens on an X-Pro2…..
Source: Fuji 100-400mm Review
I don’t do many reviews. I am much more of a shooter than a gear head, however there are times when I feel like sharing thoughts on a product I thoroughly enjoy. The FUJINON XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is one such product. I purchased the lens a little over a month ago, and have used it every day since, either as my main lens, or as a supplement. I bought the lens for a specific need for a project I am working on in rural Thailand. I am documenting family rice farmers, and two important times to capture are the planting and harvest seasons when most of the hard labor takes place. I have a plethora of wide and short telephoto shots of people working the land and wanted to produce some up close and personal shots of individuals as they worked in the fields. My problem is that I cannot get close to my subjects to get the good angles as they are working in the field. I cannot step on the rice plants, and don’t want to get bogged down in the knee deep mud with expensive camera equipment. The solution is to shoot with a long telephoto as close as I can get which is usually from about 20 to 75 feet away, from the dry pathways between the rice paddies…….
Meine erste Liebe zur Fotografie begann 1973 mit dem Kauf einer Canon F1. Seinerzeit schrieb ein gewisser Nörgelmann – alias Alexander Borell – einen Praxistest im Foto Magazin über eben diese Kamera von Canon. Zur Auswahl standen damals nur die Nikon F oder die Canon F1. In einem Mannheimer Fotogeschäft wollte man mir partout die Nikon schmackhaft machen. Ich ließ mich nicht beirren und verließ – stolz wie Oskar – den Laden mit einer nagelneuen F1 und einem Normalobjektiv von 50mm mit Lichtstärke 1,4. Zu dieser Zeit war das 50mm Objektiv die Standartbrennweite. Kein Mensch dachte damals an ein Kit-Zoom. Das Umfeld beneidete mich um diese Kamera, hauptsächlich bei der Bundeswehr. Dort war ich während meines Wehrdienstes der einzige gelernte Werkzeugmacher unter lauter Fotografen, Retuscheuren und Reprofotografen…….
I am a keen kayaker with a passion for photography so with the estuary and wetlands near my home having prolific birdlife it has been a natural progression to combine both. Using a kayak gives you unique access to the areas you just can’t get to on foot or by boat so this means less (usually no) people, which results in more bird activity. But let’s face it an open kayak isn’t necessarily a camera friendly zone and a DSLR with a zoom lens fitted isn’t the most buoyant combination around so it was a bit daunting at first to take this out in my kayak but over the past couple of years I have developed a reasonably successful and safe technique…..
Announced in January 2016 and released a few months later, the Fujinon XF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 is an image stabilized telephoto zoom lens designed for Fuji’s X-series of camera. Weighing in at a touch over three pounds, it’s the heaviest lens Fuji’s produced for the svelte X-series. With the APS-C sensor employed by the X-series, the lens produces an effective field of view of 150-600mm, making it an ideal wildlife lens.The lens uses a variable aperture, in that as you increase the focal length, the maximum aperture size decreases, however the minimum remains the same. The following table reflects the change in maximum aperture with focal length……
There’s an incredible demand on the versatility of performance and ease of use for any digital camera attachment, especially those used to increase optical range. Multiplying the zoom is no easy task, however it isn’t everything as a teleconverter must be easy to install and secure, durable for a wide variety of professional and hobby oriented uses. The relative value is directly comparable to the quality of digital camera that it’s paired with as effective features will complement and be in harmony each other rather than diminish and conflict with each other. One such example is the size of the digital camera lens extension and the CMOS sensor available on the camera, as it must be compatible with telephoto lenses of different sizes and at the same time provide effective auto focus and light sensitivity……