05 Sep Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR | Photozone

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Back in early 2014, a XF 120-400mm emerged on Fujfilm’s lens roadmap – the first super-tele lens of the system. From this earliest glimpse, it was a little bit of a rocky path and it took no less than 2 years till the real McCoy was finally available – the Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. In full format terms, we are talking about a range equivalent to “152-609mm”. Given the comparatively slow speed and long entry focal length, it’s not an obvious option for portraits (although you can do that, of course) but it’s more aligned to sports and wildlife photography. During the field test I also had lots of fun with the lens in central Sydney. Let’s mention this obvious first – this lens is a brick. You may associate mirrorless systems with compact lenses but this one does not qualify – the Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 OIS is an example for a substantially smaller super-tele zoom lens. So better prepare your biceps – including an attached camera, the combo stays just below the 2kg mark………

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