04 Feb Bird on the Handrail

Source: Little Big Travelling Camera

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (280.4mm, f/5.2, 1/1000 sec, ISO2000)

Sometimes all it takes to find nice subjects is to look outside your window. That plus a long lens.

A couple of years ago I was seriously into bird photography. I used to shoot with a Nikon D1 and later D2H but more important I had the fantastic Nikon AF-S 2.8/300 ED. One of the best tele lenses ever made. Pictures were super sharp even with the lens wide open and f2.8 helped to keep the shutter speed high in the early morning light and subject isolation was great too.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (312mm, f/5.2, 1/1000 sec, ISO1600)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (400mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO2500)

This Nikon tele lens replaced the Nikon 80-400 VR. The first version of the lens with the very slow autofocus. A lens that I never really liked because it was soft at it’s long end and because it couldn’t be used with converters.

Why I’m telling you that? The answer is that it took me some overcoming to buy the Fuji XF 100-400 OIS. I was afraid that it would be just another slow and disappointing tele zoom.

But the times have changed. The lastest Canon and Nikon tele zooms and even the long zooms from Sigma and Tamron seemed to be vastly improved. At least according to all the reports. Another thing that swung me over was the fact that the Fuji zoom can be used with converters. A 100-400 lens with a 2x teleconverter would be become

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