07 Jan Fuji XF100-400 F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (359.6mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO400)

After a lot of hesitation I finally got the Fuji XF100-400 F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (the lens with the longest name). Here are my first impressions.

Why the hesitation? There are a couple of reasons why it was not a straight forward decision to get this lens. One of course was price but the more important ones were size and weight. Don’t get me wrong. This lens is not bigger or heavier than the offerings from Canon or Nikon (it is even slightly lighter) but if you are a Canon or Nikon shooter chances are high that you put the lens in front of a 7DII or D500 or one of their FF DSLRs so it will balance much better than it does on my X Pro-2. Of course the X-T2 plus battery grip would improve the situation but it is hard to ignore that the Fuji XF 100-400 OIS WR should be lighter especially since it is not a full frame lens.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (312mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (132.9mm, f/4.7, 1/250 sec, ISO320)

There is one more important reason why I hesitated to get this lens. When I shot Nikon I owned a Nikon 80-400 VR (first version). In short: I didn’t like that lens at all. First because AF was extremely slow even on a Pro body, second because it was soft on its long end and third because it was too slow to isolate the subject…