28 Feb Review: Testing the X-T2 and XF100-400mm at International Rugby
Scotland’s Captain John Barclay is tackled by Welsh Fly Half Dan Biggar
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 – 1/800mm @ f5.6 ISO2000 (zoom 400mm)For the past month I have photographed three top flight rugby matches to put the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 through their paces. After shooting at the Scotland v Ireland international (4th February) and Sale Sharks v Wasps Aviva Premiership matches (19 February), the final test was last Saturday (25th February) when I was on the touchline for the Scotland v Wales RBS 6 Nations international at Murrayfield.
Shooting in a stadium environment, even in daylight, provides some unique challenges on the lighting front. Even with the floodlights switched on, the challenge for any photographer is to keep the shutter speed high enough to capture the action while keeping the ISO as low as possible to minimise the sensor noise.
Can the X-T2 and the XF100-400mm shoot fast action sports in a stadium environment? Yes it can. Is it as good as the current crop of pro DSLRs and fast telephoto primes – no it isn’t, but it is damn close! …