23 Nov Using the Fujinon Teleconverters for Motor Sport

no30 ESM Ligier-Nissan (Giedo Van der Garde) – Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm + 1.4x conv (560mm) – 1/250s @ f8 ISO400The Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 (150-600mm equivalent) is the longest focal length lens in the Fujifilm X-Series arsenal and is more than adequate for most purposes when shooting sport and wildlife.

When shooting motor sport I am able to get 90% of my images using the standard lens but most of the circuits the FIA World Endurance Championship visits have the latest safety standards, which means the run off areas are quite large and the trackside locations can be a fair distance away.  This is the case at the Bahrain International Circuit, which hosted the season finale last Saturday.

Luckily Fujifilm have produced two high quality teleconverters which increase the focal length of the 100-400mm at the expense of making the effective maximum aperture smaller.

The 1.4x converter increases the focal length range from 100-400mm to 140mm-560mm, while making the maximum aperture f8.  The quality of this converter is such that there is no drop off in the quality of the final image and the speed of the autofocus is similarly unaffected.  The equivalent maximum focal length of the lens increases from 600mm to 840mm, which for most situations is more than enough.

no26 G-Drive Racing Oreca-Nissan (Alex Brundle) – Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm + 2x conv (800mm) – 1/1000s @ f11 ISO800The Fujinon 2x converter increases the focal length to 200-800mm but drops the maximum aperture to f11.  The quality of the final image is slightly affected, but not