Monday, April 11, 2016

The Final Piece

Fujifilm has released the final piece of their wonderful mirrorless puzzle.....a super telephoto lens.

The  FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is out on the market now and it is, arguably of course, one of the finest super telephoto lenses available from any manufacturer.   Visit the Fujifilm site HERE    I've only had the chance to shoot with this lens a couple of times and so far, I'll say that Fuji has a real winner on it's hands!   

The build quality of this lens is amazing and on par with any Canon L lens that I've owned.  Metal body construction means that this lens is not light, but by no means is it abnormally heavy.  The weight helps to bring a solidness to the lens that just exudes quality.  

The large grippy zoom and focus rings fall easily to hand and you can make fast adjustments on the fly, or, micro adjustments of focus to nail the shot you are going for.  

The lens has a telescoping barrel which helps keep the overall length down to a size that can fit in a backpack with the full Fuji_X system.  I no longer have to carry a separate backpack when I want to take out the "big gun".  

For me, the two biggest factors that I obsess over is image quality and then the built in stabilization.  Fuji has hit it out of the park on both of these.  The IQ is simply amazing for a lens with this focal range!!!!  It beats my Canon 100-400mm hand down.  Everything is tack sharp from corner to corner; no distortion or random artifacts at all.   Below is an image from the Olympic National Park, shooting across the river.  Only a slight crop for compositional needs.   Click on the pic to see it larger!   

f/13 220mm ISO 320 

The above was shot on a tripod, however, the fantastic image stabilization on this lens is so good, I am able to handhold 1-2 stops slower than I am with my Canon system.  Well done Fuji!  

The beauty now too is that Fuji has released their 1.4x teleconverter which works with the 100-400mm.  Putting this in the signal path has not resulted in any loss of image quality at all.  Fuji did a tremendous job providing magnification and no noticeable IQ loss, distortion or any other of the nasties you typically experience putting another piece of glass in the system.    And the best part, it turns your 100-400mm into a 140mm - 560mm super combo.  And, putting that on the X-T1 with it's sensor size, all told, you get an incredible reach of almost 800mm with incredible image quality!!!   

f/8 1/320 ISO 1250  560mm

f/8 1/320 ISO 640  560mm

f/11  1/320 ISO 200  350mm

If you're a Funi_X shooter, this is a must have lens.  The IQ is incredible, the build quality fantastic and the performance is on par with the best super-telex out there.  Kudos to Fujifilm for this fantastic piece of kit! 

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