I’ve had a pretty short period of time with the Fujifilm 2x teleconverter TC WR and with an increasing amount of time dedicated to the exciting Flight of the Swans project, I had get out with this teleconverter wherever possible. I’m going to cover things like image quality with both the XF50-140mm F2.8 WR OIS and the XF100-400mm WR OIS, as well as looking at autofocus speeds and comparisons against ’naked‘ lenses. Hopefully this will give you real world advice on how helpful this teleconverter will be for you. Nothing new here – It is wonderfully well built, just like its little brother, the 1.4x teleconverter TC WR. The build quality of Fujifilm products continues to increase, like the rest of my X-Series equipment, I know that this product will be able to take a beating out in the field. Took a few quick product shots, but I don’t do this anywhere near as good as Jonas Rask, so check out his beautiful review of this 2x teleconverter here. Hopefully the pictures give you an indication of the size difference between the two teleconverters………
I had unique opportunity to test new Fuji teleconverter XF2X TC WR one day before official announcement. Here is my short preview and few sample photos. Converter was a preproduction sample and was used with X-Pro2 body and Fujinon XF50-140mm lens (here is my test of this lens with XF1.4X TC). New converter extends focal length by factor of 2 so XF50-140mm becomes a 100-280 mm (150-420 mm with crop factor) with constant aperture 5.6. It is slightly larger then XF1.4X, but still much more compact than DSLR converters. It doesn’t take much space in your bag – its diameter is 58 mm and length 32 mm (but almost 60 mm with caps) and it’s weight is 170 g. I have to say, that with X-Pro2 and XF50-140mm it is really compact and lite combo weighting around 1600 g……..
Now THIS is a real odd-ball. – A guy who is completely and almost exclusively into shooting small prime lenses on the narrow streets of Århus in Denmark, suddenly reviews a 2 x tele converter for use on big heavy long reach zoom-lenses! Usually when I get to test some form of Fujifilm gear, it’s usually because it fits my profile of shooting (I guess). But this time around it was a little different. A little while ago I had the immense honour and pleasure of shooting ALL the X-series stuff as packshots for use in the banners over at www.fujifilm-x.com (Go check it out, if you havn’t already). As part of this I was sent the Tele Converter XF 2X TC WR. I had a big trip to Iceland planned just 4 days after receiving it, so I asked if I could bring it along for some quality time along with the “Bigguns” the XF100-400mm and the XF50-140mm. The guys at Fujifilm Nordic must’ve raised an eyebrow or two (as did I upon expressing that thought!) – But they said go for it………
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce that the new “FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF2X TC WR”, a teleconverter extending the telephoto area of some X Mount lenses*, will be added to the mirrorless digital camera “X-Series” interchangeable lens line-up in June 2016. The “FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF2X TC WR” is a high-performance teleconverter capable of multiplying the focal length of mounted lenses* by two. It features excellent optical design with a construction of 9 elements in 5 groups to maintain the optical performance of the original lens. Also, thanks to the unified design when mounted to a compatible lens, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10℃. This makes it possible to be used with confidence outdoors when used with the weather and dust-resistant X-T1 and X-Pro2 camera bodies, and the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lenses.
* Compatible lens (As of May 19, 2016)
XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR ⇒ 100-280mmF5.6 with teleconverter mounted
(Equivalent to 152-427mm on a 35mm format)
XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⇒ 200-800mmF9-11 with teleconverter mounted
(Equivalent to 305-1,219mm on a 35mm format)……
Source: Fujifilm Global
After almost 40 years, an historic Greek racecar event returned to the calendar. Organized by the racing club ELLADA, this hillclimb took place last weekend (23-24 of April) and gathered more than 100 participants, in several categories. Tools of the trade: the X-Pro2 with the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 and the XF 1.4X TC. I was particularly excited to see racing cars, like the ones I used to have on posters on my room as a kid. Escorts, Alfas, old BMWs and other historic cars shared the demanding route with more modern racers. Drivers and mechanics enthusiasm was high and shared with a whole lot of spectators, taking advantage of the excellent weather to watch the race. Some of these people walked two or three kilometers to find a spot with good visibility and prospect for thrilling spectacle. Organizers did a fine job with the race, and I really hope, in one year time, I will once again wake up at 6 a.m. to pack up my gear for the mountain…….
From the first time I started to shoot with Fuji gear, as nature photographer I keep eye on all longer focal lengths X system offers. Recently I recently had the opportunity to test Fujinon XF50-140mm with XF1,4× teleconverter. I have to say I don’t like teleconverters much. I owned three of them from different manufacturers earlier and I tested few more, always with proffesional lenses (70-200 mm f/2,8 and 300 mm f/2,8). I sold all of them, because I was not satisfied with optical quality. The main reason was loss of sharpness when shooting from longer distance. While pictures taken from short distance was great, so it was perfectly acceptable for shooting small birds etc., distances over 10 meters shown lack of sharpnes in fine structures like animals fur……..
Firstly, I am not a techie lens tester but a passionate hobbyist wildlife and landscape photographer. I have had my eyes on the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens for a few weeks since its release and had read a few reviews, but few on its usage for wildlife photography, so I have decided to give it a practical review. The day prior to my departure for a ten day holiday to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, my wife, Joy, told me that I had her permission to buy the new Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OIS LM WR lens for my birthday. Wow, what a wife…what a lens! I loaded my credit card to the maximum and headed off to the only shop that I knew would be open on a Sunday. On arrival I received a beautiful, if not heavy black box. I rushed home to unpack it with glee. I had already purchased a 50m-140mm F2.8 a year earlier which was up until that point my favourite lens…….
The Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR is a great addition to Fujifilm’s lens lineup. It is ultra-sharp in the image center. The borders are outstanding at 50mm and still more than just decent at longer focal lengths. Lateral CAs are irrelevant which also helps to boost the high image quality perception. Most users will keep image auto-correction activated thus neither distortions nor vignetting are issue in this case. The native characteristic is worse here though. The quality of the bokeh is high for a zoom lens although prime lenses can be better still. Bokeh fringing isn’t really an issue at f/2.8. Fujifilm is targeting the professional market with this lens so the build quality is on an accordingly excellent level. Most body parts are made of metal and the broad, rubberized control rings are a joy to use. Everything is tightly assembled and the constant physical length as well as the weather sealing complete the positive impression…….
This week I have borrowed the XF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter for use with the 50-140 Zoom. (It also works with the newly announced 100-400 ). I needed to find out how the lens with converter would work in “not ideal conditions” so I took an X-T1 with the lens and converter mounted out early on a dark stormy morning before the sun had fully risen. There are plenty of technical reviews, in perfect conditions, with nice blue skies, I need to know how it performs in the poor light and conditions I am likely to get. If it functions in these, it will function on a nice bright summers day. So, these test images are all straight from the camera shot at either 6400 or 3200 iso, slow shutter speeds and mostly slightly underexposed…….
In June last year I did a blog on the pulling power of the then current line up of Fujinon XF lenses from 10mm up to 200mm. Since then Fujifilm have added a 1.4x converter and the XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 to the line up. With just four zooms and a 1.4x converter the pulling power of the Fujinon line up is now 10mm to 560mm or 15mm to 840mm in full frame terms, which is more than enough for most photographers needs.
My current four lens zoom line up is as follows –
The 1.4x converter fits on the two longest lenses taking them to 70-196mm and 140-560mm respectively but with the loss of one stop on each – f4 across the full range of the 50-140mm and f8 at 560mm…..