25 Mar A week with the Fujinon XF 200mm F2 OiS lens

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On my own dime, I rented the Fujinon XF200mm F2 lens, by far, their flagship lens for the Fuji X system. I wanted to put the lens through a few tests for image quality as compared to my Fujinon XF 100-400mm f4-5.6 and XF 50-140mm f2.8 with and without the TC1.4x tele converter. I wanted to use it in real world situations too using it for wildlife and some people pictures just to gauge handling and performance. This lens is currently on sale through the end of March for $4999, a $1k discount off the normal price. So is it more than two times better than what I have? To it’s credit, it comes with a really, really nice functional case and a matching XF TC 1.4x tele converter.

Let’s get the few numbers I’m going to touch on out of the way first. This 200mm lens is similar to what a full frame (FF) 300mm lens offers in angle of view. I stay away from “equivalence” remarks because there is so much more involved in equating a crop sensor, m4/3’s or medium format sensor, to a full frame sensor and vice versa. You can use angles of view to loosely describe the crop factor and what you see but true equivalence would need to incorporate aperture and ISO and its not as straight forward as internet know it all’s claim. So you see like a FF 300mm F2 right off. With the TC in place you have a 280mm lens and a angle of view like a 420mm FF lens but your aperture loses a stop, so you are at F2.8 instead of f2. Still pretty darned good! Sort of like getting two nice telephotos for the price of one. In a smaller, lighter and cheaper package. Thats a win right there! I tested this lens with my Fuji X-H1 and X-T3 bodies. I only weighed it on my X-T3 where it measured 7 lbs 10.7 oz. for the camera and lens with the matching TC1.4x in place. Thats over 3 lbs less than my Nikon 200mm F2 and Nikon D800 sans a TC weighed when I owned it. The Fuji is not real light but it is usable. The Nikon 200mm F2 is $5696 currently if you are keeping score there. And the Nikon 400mm f2.8 is $11, 196. Wow. I won’t even mention the weight. For those wondering the OiS offers phenomenal lens stabilization. I shot at 1/15th second hand held with no worries….

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