17 Feb Fujifilm XF 100-400mm Field Test

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I received my Fujifilm XF 100-400 lens yesterday. I think I might be one of the very first few that have gotten a retail copy of the lens so far. I was super excited to take it out for a field test today. I think I barely slept last night.

Well first thing this morning I took my X-T1 (with latest firmware) and the 100-400 to Lynde Shores Conservation area in Whitby. Now that I have been able to view the images on my PC at home I can say with certainty… this lens is wild, and certainly no turkey!

ISO800 400mm f/8.0 1/240 sec

Close up of shot above.

Sorry I couldn’t resist. 🙂

The packaging, build quality, and operation of the lens are all excellent. The quality bar at Fujifilm is always high and they seldom miss if ever. The zoom and focus rings have a very nice secure yet smooth feel to them. Not too tight, just right.

Coming from Nikon full frame and having used large lens offerings from Sigma and Tamron in the past, this lens wasn’t as big or heavy as I expected. Even without the battery grip on my X-T1, I felt the lens was nicely balanced and more than manageable.

After shooting for a couple minutes with it, the first thing that struck me was that the AF is dead silent. I couldn’t hear it operating. It might just be the most silent lens I have ever owned…

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