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    Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens Review

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    The post Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Matt Murray.

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    One of the reasons I moved from DSLRs to the Fujifilm X-Series system a few years ago was because of the smaller, lighter camera housings and lenses. So given that, it seems strange that I have added the sample Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens to my set.

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    Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens mounted on a tripod – it is quite large.

    At the time of the release in 2016, this was by far the largest and heaviest line in the X series, which in terms of size and weight was only overshadowed by the XF 200mm F2 R LM OIS WR lens in 2019.

    So considering its large size (and price tag), you may wonder why I bought it? It’s really very simple: I love telephoto lenses!

    Given the option of a telephoto or ultra wide angle, I would opt for telephoto every time. I love how you can choose details of a scene with a telephoto to fill the frame. I also love how a telephoto lens gives the impression of “flattening” scenes – making distant objects close together.

    Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens rating

    In this review I give an overview of the specifications of the 100 – 400 mm lens, I investigate the build quality, the operation and the optical performance, and I discuss what it is to use and who benefits from having it in their kit to have.

    Image: this recording would not have been possible without a telephoto lens. I have made a whole series of photos ...

    This recording would not have been possible without a telephoto lens. I took a whole series of photos of this cheeky guy who was sitting on top of a sunflower in South Queensland.

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    The specifications of the Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens are really impressive. Let’s see what all those numbers and letters mean.

    Fujinon is the brand name that Fujifilm uses for their excellent lenses. XF stands for the high-quality lenses in the X-series line-up. There is also a range of cheaper but very good value for money lenses with the letters XC on it.

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    The male ferry that glides past Sydney harbor in the morning. This ferry was far away. The range of this lens is incredible.

    The following series of letters and numbers indicates the focal range of the lens: 100 – 400 mm. Because the X-Series cameras have APS-C sensors with a 1.5 crop factor, this gives the lens a full-frame equivalent focal range of approximately 150 mm to 600 mm. This is not just a telephoto zoom; this is a super telephoto zoom.

    The following piece of information refers to the variable aperture of the lens: f / 4.5-5.6. Like many zoom lenses, the maximum aperture increases as you zoom in. At 100 mm the maximum aperture is f / 4.5, at 200 mm it is f / 5, at 300 mm it is f / 5.2 and at 400 mm it is f / 5.6.

    The R indicates that, like most X-series lenses, it has a ring to control the aperture on the lens cylinder. This is a feature that I love so much. I am now so used to changing the aperture on the lens, I am not sure if I can go back to a system where I could not do that.

    LM stands for linear motor – this ensures autofocus at high speed, quiet operation and low power consumption. OIS stands for optical image stabilization – the linear motor checks camera shake 8000 times per second. Fujifilm claims that the lens has a five-stop image stabilization system for vibration-free results.

    Image: Early morning on Sydney Harbor. I love how you can choose elements from a scene and how to ...

    Early morning on Sydney Harbor. I love how you can choose elements from a scene and fill the frame with a telephoto lens.

    WR stands for weather resistance. In combination with a WR housing such as the Fujifilm X-T2 or X-T3, you can be confident that you will use your kit in extreme environments where water and dust are a problem. You can use this lens at temperatures up to -10 ° C. A water-resistant fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element, making it less sensitive to stains and easier to clean.

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    Wallabies on Mt Cotton, Queensland.

    To build

    The build quality of this lens is very good, although it does not feel completely in the same class as the other Fujinon red badge zoom lenses (the XF 16-55 mm F2.8 R LM WR lens and the XF 50-140 mm F2. 8 R LM OIS WR -lens).

    This is probably because the superzoom is made of high-quality plastic instead of metal. I suspect a full metal barrel would have made the lens too heavy, so you can understand the choice here.

    Only the mounting ring and the tripod collar are made of metal. You can easily remove the tripod collar if you do not need it. The lens hood is made of plastic, but has a filter door, with which you can, for example, rotate a circular polarizing filter.

    Image: I love how telephoto lenses make objects appear remotely close together. Mountain ranges on the ...

    I love how telephoto lenses make distant objects look closer together. Mountain ranges on the border between Queensland and New South Wales in Australia.

    The lens weighs 1.375 kg and has 77 mm filters. It is compatible with both the 1.4x and 2.0x X-series teleconverters, giving you the option to photograph up to 852 mm and 1218 mm in full-frame equivalent terms. However, this costs 1 and 2 stops of light respectively.

    handling

    Okay, so this lens is big … so big that the 50-140 looks compact and most other lenses in the X series look small. The first time you record it, it feels bulky, but compared to many other lenses in this focal range, it is certainly on the lighter side.

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    Yes, it’s a hunk! Yet it is still possible to hold the lens in one hand with relative comfort. I have extended the lens here to 400 mm.

    The length of the lens, especially when zoomed in, is quite large, and it reduces the size of the camera housing. Yet there is a surprisingly comfortable balance when you take pictures with it. The lens feels even lighter in my hands than when I wear it in my backpack.

    The zoom action is very smooth – you can easily move the entire range while supporting the weight of the lens. Just like almost any other X-series lens, there is a ring around the lens that changes the aperture at third stop clicks. The variable aperture of this zoom means that there are no aperture marks around the vessel such as the 50-140 or one of the prime lenses. Instead, check the aperture in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.

    There are three switches along the side of the lens. The first is a switch that controls the zoom range. The two options are for the full range (1.75 m to infinity) and 5 meters to infinity. The latter ensures faster focusing.

    The next down switch is for manual or automatic control of the aperture – something that all Fujifilm zoom lenses have.

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    The three switches on the side of the 100 – 400 mm lens.

    The third switch is to enable or disable optical image stabilization (OIS). OIS is a solution for hand-held photography: the lens can take incredibly sharp photos at relatively low shutter speeds. Normally you disable OIS when the lens is used on a tripod, but you may want to experiment with it.

    For example, when I took pictures of the Sydney Opera House at the Vivid Festival, I photographed from the footpath on the Cahill Expressway. There were small vibrations from the traffic, so I felt I got better images with OIS on.

    Further down the lens cylinder is a lock switch that prevents the lens from creeping when the lens stops beyond 100 mm.

    Image: OIS is a solution, sometimes even when shooting on a tripod. Sydney Opera House during Vivid F ...

    OIS is a solution, sometimes even when shooting on a tripod. Sydney Opera House during Vivid Festival.

    Image quality

    Fujifilm is one of the world’s best lens makers, so as you would expect, the optical quality of this lens is excellent. It can produce stunning images over the focal range. However, I felt that my images up to 400 mm were fully zoomed in, not as sharp as those taken to the wider end of the zoom lens.

    Image: I took the lens to a local speedway and was impressed by the results.

    I took the lens to a local speedway and was impressed by the results.

    When shooting from the hand, the lens feels nicely balanced. I used it for cityscapes, sports, nature and landscapes. Autofocus is very good, especially when used in combination with the continuous focus and tracking options of the X-T2 or X-T3.

    When I first got the lens, I took it to a local speedway for testing. Since it was the first time I made motorsport, I was very impressed with the photos I took with this lens. It has a cool function when it detects panning: it automatically switches the camera movement correction only to the vertical plane.

    The lens also has a very pleasant bokeh. Although I have never used it for portraits, the blurry areas in the background look good on many of my nature photos and they do not detract from the images.

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    Sunflowers in South Queensland. I love the bokeh that this lens produces.

    Conclusion

    If you like a super zoom, there is only one option with the Fujifilm X series right now, and what a choice it is: the Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

    Especially suitable for nature and sports photographers, the lens can also be used by landscape and city photographers. The lens has a fantastic range of functions, including weather resistance and OIS. It is relatively light for a lens with this range and has excellent optics.

    Image: a super zoom offers you the opportunity to shoot sports that you could not do with a shorter ...

    A super zoom offers you the possibility to photograph sports that you would not be able to do with a shorter zoom lens.

    In general, I would say that the lens offers a good value for money, although perhaps not as good as other lenses in the X-series line-up. The price of the lens has remained stable since its release. However, sometimes you can get discounts or cashback offers, which considerably reduces costs.

    I do not hesitate to recommend the Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens. Just writing the review and viewing the photos it yields wants me to get out and use it right away.

    The post Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f / 4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Matt Murray.

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