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29 Aug The FUJINON XF100-400mm – Hands On | Lee Craker

I don’t do many reviews. I am much more of a shooter than a gear head, however there are times when I feel like sharing thoughts on a product I thoroughly enjoy. The FUJINON XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is one such product. I purchased the lens a little over a month ago, and have used it every day since, either as my main lens, or as a supplement. I bought the lens for a specific need for a project I am working on in rural Thailand. I am documenting family rice farmers, and two important times to capture are the planting and harvest seasons when most of the hard labor takes place. I have a plethora of wide and short telephoto shots of people working the land and wanted to produce some up close and personal shots of individuals as they worked in the fields. My problem is that I cannot get close to my subjects to get the good angles as they are working in the field. I cannot step on the rice plants, and don’t want to get bogged down in the knee deep mud with expensive camera equipment. The solution is to shoot with a long telephoto as close as I can get which is usually from about 20 to 75 feet away, from the dry pathways between the rice paddies…….