08 Nov Shooting Motorsport with the X-T2 and XF100-400mm
Source: Maclean Photographic
It now 12 months since I first used a prototype of the XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 and just over 6 months since I received a prototype Fujifilm X-T2 and I have been happily shooting motorsport with this combination. The X-T2 has proven to be a great track camera and combined with the long reach of the XF100-400mm I have been able to take shots of moving cars with ease.
Last weekend I used the X-T2 and XF100-400mm to capture these images (and others) of the track action at the Shanghai International Circuit in China where I was working on the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The autofocus on the X-T2 is more than capable of tracking a fast moving race car and the 11 frames per second drive means I rarely miss the decisive moment. The 100-400mm is a great lens, brilliantly sharp and easy to use despite its size. The Optical Image Stabilisation makes keeping things steady a doddle and it means I have stopped using the monopod, giving me greater freedom of movement.
The only drawback with this lens is the maximum f5.6 on the long end of the zoom but it isn’t as big a drawback as the specs would have you believe. The 24MP X-Trans III sensor handles noise very well and it is easy to bump up the ISO a couple of notches to compensate for the slower maximum aperture. In the beginning I did wish the lens was a constant F4 but I don’t think about it much anymore.