28 Dec REVIEW: 2016, What a Year with Fujifilm

2016 was certainly a great year to be a Fujifilm X-Photographer.  I was involved in two major camera launches for the Japanese camera manufacturer, including being invited to be part of the press conference in Tokyo for the 5th Anniversary celebrations and the launch of some new products including the X-Pro2 and XF100-400mm which I been involved in testing.

The second launch was in July for the Fujifilm X-T2 and while fellow X-Photographer John Rourke was invited to to do a Q&A in the Paris press conference, I was involved in organising the second day of the event at the Le Mans Classic, writing a handy guide for Fujifilm to give out their guests from the media and from the retailers.

I have tested the following cameras and lenses in 2016
Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6R LM OIS WRFujifilm X-Pro2Fujinon 2x teleconverterFujifilm X-T2Fujinon XF23mm f2R WRHere is a round up of my reviews –

Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6R LM OIS WR
This is the lens that finally gave the Fujifilm X Series the long telephoto capabilities for sport and wildlife photography.  I was invited by Fujifilm to test the lens prior to the launch in Tokyo last January and I was seriously impressed despite some reservations regarding its suitability for sports photography.

The build and optical quality is right up there with the other XF lenses and the class leading 5 stop OIS is certainly a bonus and means I can leave the monopod at home.  The limiting factor is the f5.6 maximum aperture at the long end of the…