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Fujinon XF 200mm F2 OIS Review

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The Fujinon XF 200mm F2 OIS is Fuji’s most necessary lens in an extended, very long time.  Not due to how many individuals it’ll impression; this can be a $6000 lens, in any case!  It will be important within the sense that the Ford GT is essential to the Ford model, or any “halo” automotive to any model.  Ford will solely make and promote 250 GT’s this yr, which is a small viewers by any measure.  Why make a $450,000 automotive for a tiny viewers when the typical automotive transaction is just 7% of that?  The straightforward reply is, “To show that you can.”  That proof of idea exhibits simply what a automotive maker is able to, and the hope is that folks will assume that the maker of a supercar just like the GT will inject just a little of that DNA into the $30,000 automotive that they will afford.

Since beginning this assessment I’ve had individuals ask me, “Who is this lens for?” or “Why?”  The reply to the latter query is just like my instance above; to point out the market what Fuji is able to creating.  The reply to the primary query can also be easy:  the identical type of photographers that need and buy a Canon 300mm F2.8L IS II for Canon our bodies or a Nikon 300mm F2.8G VR II lens for his or her Nikon cameras.  Individuals who shoot sports activities, wildlife, or different topics the place excessive picture high quality, focus potential, and lightweight gathering potential is want in a sturdy, pro-grade housing.  These lenses (that are equally priced) are the true comparisons for the XF 200mm, as, in contrast to them, this 200mm F2 is designed for an APS-C mirrorless system and thus will behave equally on a digital camera just like the Fuji X-T3 that I examined it on.  It has a full body equal focal size of 305mm, and an efficient aperture (for depth of area) of F2.eight (although it gathers twice as a lot mild as an F2.eight lens).

I really feel that this lens is especially necessary, because it not solely demonstrates Fuji’s capacity to construct such an excessive instrument, however it additionally checks the market to see if there’s an urge for food for extra supertelephoto lenses for Fuji X cameras.  Photographers, like most individuals, wish to complain.  Typically on the Web, individuals may complain that “Fuji (or Sony) has no serious telephoto lenses” even when they haven’t any precise intention of paying the excessive worth of what such lens value.  Individuals have been calling for a lens identical to this for Fuji; the query now’s whether or not or not they may purchase it.  In the event that they do, anticipate to see extra tremendous telephoto lenses for Fuji X sooner or later.

A lens like this might in all probability solely occur on the Fuji platform, as Fuji has elected to focus its improvement on APS-C (and, to a lesser extent, on Medium Format) and have bypassed full body altogether.  That places them in a singular place, for whereas most digital camera makers produce APS-C our bodies, few of them spend a lot improvement on critical APS-C lenses.  Most frequently their APS-C lenses are mass-market, finances lenses.  As a result of Fuji has stayed locked into APS-C, they’ve developed critical, pro-grade APS-C lenses in a means that nobody else has.  I can’t think about a Canon EF-S 200mm F2 lens, nor might I a Sony E-mount (APS-C) model.  Nevertheless it’s not so unthinkable on Fuji, and so this can be the costliest, most excessive APS-C solely tremendous telephoto lens ever developed.

However is it value shopping for?  Learn on to seek out out….

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Fuji completely needed to get this one proper.  You’ll be able to’t cost $6000 for a lens (a worth equal to the main gamers out there) with out delivering the products.  The XF 200 is almost 3 times as costly as the subsequent costliest XF lens (the XF 100-400mm OIS).  Whereas it’s exhausting to argue for any extraordinarily costly piece of digital camera gear as being “worthy of its price tag” (that’s fairly relative), there’s no query that the construct grade of the XF 200 is the same as the easiest made tremendous telephoto lenses.

That is an consideration grabbing lens.  Being seen in public with this lens was like turning into an prompt movie star.  I used to be in a park with it and I had a person asking if he might take pictures of the lens and of me holding it.  I can guarantee you that this isn’t typical for me!  I shot at an occasion with the lens, and once I pulled it out I used to be quickly surrounded by the photographers and people thinking about images.  It’s huge, lovely, and dwarfs the little X-T3 that’s clinging precariously to the again of it.  That is very a lot a case of the “tail wagging the dog”!

The lens is definitely almost as giant because the Canon 200mm F2L IS lens regardless of that lens being designed for a full body sensor.  The Canon is 5.04 x eight.19″ (128 x 208 mm), whereas the XF 200 is four.80 x eight.07″ (122 x 205 mm).  The Canon weighs 5.54 lb / 2520 g whereas the Fuji weighs four.98 lb / 2260 g.  It’s an enormous lens, and you’ll undoubtedly be primarily supporting the lens and working the digital camera quite than the opposite method round.

Whereas different Fuji XF lenses have adopted a extra conventional black end (together with a number of primes which have an alternate silver end), the XF 200mm is a singular pearlescent colour (Fuji calls it “matte silver”) that’s to my eye extra engaging than the end on the Canon “great whites” when seen up shut.  They’ve additionally elected to make use of a near-neon-green accent ring on the entrance of the lens hood.  If daring is your factor, you’ll like it.  In case you are a extra delicate individual, you could discover it somewhat garish.

The lens hood is substantial (fairly typical for a lens like this), however is comparatively light-weight, which does assist the stability of the lens.  It seems to be manufactured from engineered plastics, however of the high-end supplies that really feel premium and durable.  The entire inside is lined with a felt materials that may hold stray mild from bouncing round in there.  A intelligent contact is a smooth rubberized ring on the very entrance of the lens hood that may assist there be a soft-touch floor for setting the lens down face first on exhausting surfaces.  The lens hood attaches by way of pressure knob on one aspect, which is principally normal for this measurement of lens hood.

There’s additionally somewhat window alongside the underside of the lens hood that provides one entry to a filter mounted on the lens.  That is helpful when utilizing a round polarizer, which requires one to rotate the filter to the right angle to get the specified impact.  It will in any other case be onerous to do with such a deep lens hood. 

The lens itself requires a big 105mm filter measurement, however you need to use conventional screw-in filters.  It has a big pinch cap on the entrance.  The entrance aspect has a fluorine coating, which is the primary of the climate sealing parts of the lens.  The lens itself truly has 17 totally different climate sealing factors and, considerably uniquely, has a temperature score (it’s rated to carry out in temperatures as little as -10 C).  I reside in Canada, and we now have very lengthy winters the place I stay.  I’ve used all kinds of digital camera gear in extraordinarily chilly circumstances and infrequently had an issue with any of it, so I’m unsure what to make of this.

The lens physique is manufactured from magnesium alloy, the identical stuff typically used to construct cameras, so we all know it’s a robust materials.  The primary function on the lens barrel are 4 buttons on the 4 factors of the compass.  These may be programmed to preset features, together with a preset focus distance (in case you have pre-focused on a key space throughout a sporting occasion, for instance, you’ll be able to contact the button and immediately return to that focus level).  You can even program it to AF-ON and Focus Lock alternatively.  

This performance could be set by choosing a perform by way of the Preset Change and utilizing the “Set” button beneath (if for a spotlight preset).  Different switches embrace a Focus Limiter (Full and 5m to Infinity are the 2 decisions) together with an ON/OFF change for the OIS.  Some various lenses have a number of modes for the Stabilizer, however Fuji claims that that is an “Intelligent Stabilizer” that senses the mode wanted and adjusts mechanically.  It appears to work.  

I’ve to pause and touch upon the effectiveness of this OIS system, as a result of it’s fairly superior.  It’s a very quiet system, with faint whirring solely detectable if you stick your ear proper subsequent the barrel.  Additionally it is extremely clean in operation, with no actual proof of when it comes on and off.  It’s utterly unobtrusive, nevertheless it does a unbelievable job stabilizing the viewfinder and the ultimate picture.  The rock-steady viewfinder provides you a number of confidence to shoot at low shutter speeds, however it ought to be keep in mind that regardless of how regular the viewfinder is, it gained’t assist in case your topic is shifting.  If have a static topic, nevertheless, it’s straightforward to get very regular photographs regardless of the very lengthy focal size.  All of those are taken at shutter speeds 1/30th or much less, together with some as little as 1/10th second – which equals 5 stops of help.  

Now, the sensible purposes of capturing with this low of shutter speeds with an extended telephoto are restricted, as more often than not it would be best to hold the shutter velocity as much as freeze motion (which the large F2 aperture definitely helps with!).  Nevertheless, right here’s one sensible software:  artistic “dragging”.  This could be utilized to a panning shot, however on this case I needed to seize the impact of the snow’s motion round this lamppost.  A quick shutter velocity would freeze the person flakes, however I needed to seize a way of the swirling of the snow.   Whereas the picture isn’t technically good, as the primary topic isn’t completely nonetheless (not helped by it being chilly outdoors!), I like the general look of the picture, because it achieved my imaginative and prescient of what I needed to seize.

Whereas I want that the brand new X-T3 physique had in physique picture stabilization, you gained’t miss it when utilizing this lens!

One other function of the lens is one widespread to Fuji XF lenses, however one I actually like.  It’s a guide aperture ring that additionally provides you the choice to modify into Automated mode the place both the digital camera can management aperture or you possibly can management aperture from the digital camera physique.  I’m personally all the time very intentional about aperture, as for a lot of kinds of images choosing the right aperture actually makes or breaks the shot.  I don’t belief such a key element of my images to the digital camera.  I actually like the twin strategy, which permits me to pick aperture shortly proper on the lens if I so want (and I typically do).  I additionally like that the aperture ring has detents at one-third stops, which provides you extra finite management over the aperture.

There’s additionally a guide focus ring, which is good and large and finely ribbed in a rubberized materials.  Like different Fuji XF lenses, this can be a focus-by-wire software, which signifies that there isn’t a direct mechanical coupling and all enter is routed via the main target motor.  The digital camera have to be on and within the correct mode for enter on the main target ring to make a distinction.  This was the one space the place I didn’t benefit from the XF 200.  You’ll be able to choose quite a few totally different focus assist choices inside your digital camera, so it’s not exhausting to realize correct focus, however I discovered the precise focus course of just a little irritating.

To begin with, the default focus velocity sensitivity is absolutely low, so that you flip and switch and switch to make any sort of vital focus modifications and it typically looks like you’re undertaking little or no.  Secondly, magnifying the picture (which can typically occur mechanically with enter to the main target ring until you set issues up in a different way within the digital camera physique) is considerably much less useful because of the lengthy focal size.  The magnified picture is shifting round a lot because of the excessive magnification (one hand is twisting the guide focus ring, so it will probably’t help the lens to the identical diploma).  The character of focus-by-wire lenses is that there isn’t a actual tactile suggestions from the main target ring, so when making an enormous focus change you’re typically not even positive in case you are going the suitable path.  I like what the brand new Canon EOS R does on this state of affairs (a minimum of with native RF lenses), which is to routinely present a distance scale on the display or viewfinder when manually focusing.

Thankfully, there was just one state of affairs the place I truly wanted guide focus, and that was to get the shot above.  The sunshine was extraordinarily low, I used to be utilizing the 1.4x TC (extra on that in a second), and I used to be close to the minimal focus distance of the lens (although inside vary).  The digital camera/lens refused to give attention to my topic, so I switched to MF and skilled deep frustration.  I lastly achieved the top end result (a picture I like!), however resolved to discover the guide focus conduct of the lens extra rigorously later (the place it was much less chilly!)  My conclusion is that you could be need to dive into the menus and alter the main target ring conduct from linear to non-linear with this lens (I sometimes favor the opposite means round, however this enables for quicker focus modifications) and maybe additionally use MF extra to fantastic tune focus in that uncommon state of affairs that AF doesn’t do what you need.  Nonetheless, this isn’t the lens’ power, for my part.  Fortunately it has a incredible autofocus system and it is best to not often want to make use of that MF ring!

The lens additionally has an included tripod collar with various nice options.  It has a few anchor factors for attaching a strap for the lens (one is included), which helps to alleviate stress on the lens mount.  The tripod collar might be unlocked and simply rotated to any place however loosening the strain knob.  I like the truth that there are detents on the 4 factors of the compass, making it straightforward to rotate to 90, 180, or 270 levels with precision.  Lastly, the tripod foot itself is Arca-Swiss suitable, which means that you could crank it down on most tripods with out the necessity for a fast launch plate.  It’s somewhat function, maybe, however it all the time blows my thoughts when somebody doesn’t embrace that function (whats up, Canon!)

On the lens mount there’s a climate sealing gasket.  The mount appears tiny in comparison with the huge lens.

One thing else that appears tiny is the little 1.4x Teleconverter that’s included in package with the XF 200.  It’s a intelligent transfer on a few fronts.  To start with, this can be a distinctive TC particularly designed for this lens.  It provides a lot better efficiency when in comparison with present teleconverters.  Fuji tells me that it’s suitable with older lenses that may use a teleconverter, however that solely it must be used with the XF 200mm F2, as it’s optimized uniquely to be used with a lens with a most aperture of F2.  This can be very small and light-weight, however is nicely made and absolutely weather-sealed.  If you connect it to the lens, you get a 280mm F2.eight lens, or the complete body equal of 427mm.  That is clearly a terrific secondary focal size that permits the lens to turn into an much more critical wildlife choice.

Fuji has included a really good padded nylon case for the lens, and there’s a particular padded insert that has a spot to safe the TC to it in order that it’s all the time alongside.  I additionally discovered eradicating that insert left room for me to place the lens within the case with the X-T3 hooked up, and that was my favourite approach to transport the mixture because it gave fast entry to the digital camera/lens combo.  On this state of affairs, you would wish to have a secondary solution to transport the little TC.  

All in all, this can be a superbly made, extremely practical lens that I discovered straightforward to make use of and modify to aside from the quirk with guide focus.  The XF 200mm should not have any drawback standing with the tremendous telephotos of different manufacturers when it comes to its construct and have set.

Let me preface my remarks on this part by acknowledging that I needed to study each this lens and the Fuji X-T3 (my first ever Fuji digital camera or lens) over the course of this evaluate interval.  I’m not pretending to have an enormous quantity of expertise with the system.  That being stated, the X-T3 has a brand new and improved focus system that no Fuji shooter actually has expertise with, and I’m not precisely a novice in studying new techniques after doing many, many evaluations.  Nonetheless, I needed to make clear that my greatest with this mix might not characterize one of the best achievable by somebody with a number of expertise with getting probably the most out of Fuji cameras.  Nonetheless, I feel I did fairly good:

The extra strong focus system within the X-T3 is a superb match for the good focus system within the XF 200mm.  Based on Fuji, “The lens uses linear motors to achieve fast, silent, and high-precision AF performance. There is also a new mechanism that fixes the focus motor group when the camera is not in use, which reduces any vibrations that may occur from the linear motors’ magnets being disengaged.”  The autofocus is each quick and silent in follow, a powerful feat contemplating how a lot glass the main target motor has to maneuver.

First, let’s contemplate primary autofocus accuracy.  For common objective, portrait, or occasion work, the lens was merely flawless.  I shot a spiritual occasion in Toronto with the lens and located that my accuracy with the lens within the assorted lighting circumstances inside the venue was good.  As you possibly can see from the photographs under, the accuracy on the faces of audio system was good.  Most of those have been from at the least 40 ft away, and but you’ll be able to see good pores and skin particulars at F2.

This very early shot (under) was taken once I was nonetheless studying every little thing…and it actually impressed me.  Not due to the technical perfection of the picture (it’s fairly bland), however once I zoomed in to take a look at the small print.  There’s numerous potential distractions on this shot, and the cat is partially hidden behind just a little oak sapling.  I used to be roughly 50 ft away for this shot, and but the little oak shouldn’t be in focus, however the cat behind it (my topic) is ideal in focus.  That’s once I realized that the main target mixture of the X-T3 and the the XF 200mm was a reasonably refined one.  

Eye AF appears to work very properly with the XF 200mm.  I shot a portrait session with the lens and acquired persistently good outcomes despite the fact that my working distance was fairly lengthy contemplating the acute nature of the focal size.  At one level I acquired my topic to whip her hair round to offer it movement, and I nonetheless acquired persistently good focus accuracy on her face and eyes regardless of the movement.

Basic objective capturing produced correct autofocus outcomes no matter the place I composed.  One of many lovely issues concerning the more and more refined focus techniques of mirrorless cameras and the best way that they function is that you simply neither want to fret about calibrating focus accuracy or be involved about the place you compose a shot.  

However the paramount concern right here is, “will it track?”  This can be a extra sports activities/motion oriented lens (and digital camera, for that matter) than your typical Fuji, and with the ability to monitor fast paced motion is one space the place a lens like this must justify its lofty price ticket.  Luckily the reply is certainly “yes”, although I’ll supply a number of ideas on methods to get the most effective out of the package deal.

To begin with, in a digital camera just like the X-T3 you’ve got the chance to pick totally different AF-C customized modes, although my Fuji professional (one of many Fuji Guys!) seems like the usual “Multi-Purpose” mode typically does the most effective job.  I attempted a number of totally different modes however didn’t discover a serious distinction within the effectiveness.  Nonetheless, it’s value looking and making an attempt to match the mode to your priorities for a given sequence.  The opposite factor that I observed was that I acquired a lot better outcomes once I began off a sequence with focus locked moderately than making an attempt to select it up on a shifting goal whereas already taking photographs.  I feel you’re higher served by taking a second and locking give attention to the shifting goal earlier than holding the shutter button down and bursting.  

My “torture test” has been monitoring our canine (a few 23 pound King Charles Cavalier Spaniel) enjoying excessive velocity fetch.  It’s a reasonably small topic shifting at a really excessive fee of velocity, and inferior focus methods simply can’t monitor this mix.  That is compounded on this case by the truth that a 200mm lens at F2 on an APS-C physique has a depth of area at 20 ft of lower than three inches (eight cm or so).  That’s a really small margin for error, and thus it’s a very, very demanding state of affairs. I discovered that once I began a sequence with focus locked, I used to be capable of have correct give attention to a excessive proportion of the frames in a burst (and at 11 frames per second on the X-T3, these add up shortly!).  Right here’s one such sequence:

You possibly can see that focus remained locked till the topic obtained too near the digital camera.  Right here’s one other favourite little sequence due to the character of the photographs with my Bengal cat chasing the canine somewhat than the opposite method round:

I additionally had wonderful success when monitoring a panning sequence, although in some ways that is much less demanding as the space between the topic and the digital camera modifications much less considerably.  What this sequence exhibits, nevertheless, is that the main target system successfully retains from being “distracted” away from the topic.

I’ve achieved slightly post-processing on one of many photographs from the burst and added a crop so as to simply how properly targeted these pictures truly are:

If I didn’t begin off with focus lock and simply began a burst, nevertheless, my success fee went method down, with the digital camera/lens typically not choosing up focus till late within the burst (if in any respect).  With such a small margin for error (shallow DOF), even a minor miss is fairly apparent.

I don’t doubt that with extra familiarity with the mixture, I might get even higher outcomes.  Nonetheless, what I’ve seen is sufficient for me to know that it will make a really efficient motion pairing (X-T3 + XF 200) for photographers.  If I can get profitable outcomes with the state of affairs described above, then extra typical motion (bigger goal and decrease fee of velocity) ought to be very straightforward.

Aside from my frustrations with manually focusing the lens, I might say that the XF 200’s autofocus is a particular plus.  This can be a critical lens that may obtain critically good motion/sports activities/wildlife outcomes.

As above, I do assume one of the simplest ways to parse the outcomes from my picture high quality checks might be discovered by watching this video episode the place I interactively break that picture high quality efficiency down.

As I’ve famous, when you slap a $6000 price ticket on a lens it just about has to ship in each class, and that definitely consists of picture high quality.

Mission completed.

In most metrics, the picture high quality from the XF 200mm F2 OIS is just about good.  There’s one flaw (kind-of), however it’s principally nitpicking.  Once I went to do my commonplace decision/distinction/vignette check, there was principally nothing to right.  The picture was flawless in each means throughout the body.  Now, to be truthful, Fuji’s strategy to that is that there’s some measure of correction constructed into the RAW information, however that doesn’t change the truth that what you’ll truly see (be it JPEG or RAW) will look superb with none additional work from you.

Listed here are crops from all 4 corners of a large open, F2 picture shifting clockwise and beginning with the higher left nook.

There’s no vignette, no distortion, and no CA.  Simply superb element.  Right here’s a number of world examples and crops.  This lens mounted on the 26MP Fuji X-T3 delivers extremely detailed photographs:

Stopping the lens down doesn’t produce extra sharpness.  Actually, I might say that there’s a delicate regression throughout the body when evaluating F2 to F2.eight:

That is clearly a lens optimized for vast open efficiency, which, to be truthful, is crucial software of this lens.  Numerous lenses cowl this focal size at F4 and even F2.eight, however very, only a few cowl it at F2.  You’re paying the large bucks for the F2 efficiency, and this lens delivers that in spades.  It is among the most completely corrected lenses (from nook to nook) that I’ve ever seen.

Stopping the lens on right down to panorama apertures like F5.6 does present a light uptick in edge sharpness and distinction:

There are panorama purposes for a lens like this (in case you are working with an enormous scene), and you may produce splendidly detailed, crisp panorama photographs which are pixel good.

It’s also a lovely portrait lens, although as soon as once more you will want to have a great working distance.  You’ve got the power to utterly blow out backgrounds, or to compress them and convey them shut whereas nonetheless having superb delineation between your topic and background.

That leads me to my “pseudo-criticism”.  I don’t discover the bokeh as creamy and particular as a lens just like the Canon EF 200mm F2.8L IS.  My expertise with extremely corrected lenses (like, say, the 2 Apochromatic lenses in my private package – the Zeiss Milvus 2/135mm and the Voigtländer 65mm F2 Macro) is that the entire lack of aberrations typically makes for a barely busier out of focus space.  That good diploma of distinction and determination is usually arduous to “turn off” after the aircraft of the main target, and a few lenses which might be extremely prized for his or her bokeh (like, say, the Canon EF 85mm F1.2L II), even have a good quantity of chromatic aberrations and barely decrease distinction…which truly pays off within the bokeh area.

Take this shot, for instance.  You possibly can inform that the bokeh circle shapes are just a little irregular and barely busy.

On this cat portrait, the bokeh truly seems fairly good, however there are additionally a number of artifacts that catch the attention.

Even within the portraits above, the background “creaminess” isn’t as good as what it might be with the Canon 200L.  In lots of conditions, nevertheless, the sheer quantity of defocus/compression that this lens can create will make for superbly defocused backgrounds:

Sure, I’m undoubtedly nitpicking.  Lens makers have to decide on their priorities, and on this case Fuji selected to ship a wonderfully corrected, extremely sharp lens with primarily zero aberrations.  The bokeh continues to be fairly good, so I’m not likely complaining.

As is perhaps anticipated with such an enormous, large quantity of glass up entrance, the lens can exhibit a little bit of veiling with the solar in or proper out of body.  I’m not seeing any type of ghosting at extensive apertures, however you possibly can see from the second photograph (stopped right down to F11) that some ghosting will present up with the lens stopped down.  I don’t foresee a serious concern for anybody with this, because the almost certainly state of affairs can be a portrait or motion shot at a large aperture the place there could be a little bit of a lack of distinction, and all it takes is sliding over the “Dehaze” slider in Lightroom or ACR to recuperate that misplaced distinction (as proven within the third picture).

The naked lens is an extremely superb optical instrument with very, only a few flaws.

As famous above, the lens additionally comes with a 1.4x Teleconverter in package with it.  Once you mount the 1.4x TC, the focal size turns into 280mm with a most aperture of F2.eight, or the complete body equal focal size of 427mm.  The lens stays very sharp with the TC hooked up, although I did discover a slight lack of distinction, with a little bit of haze on textures not seen with the naked lens:

As you possibly can see, although, it’s nonetheless extremely sharp throughout the body in an absolute sense.  Stopping the lens down makes little distinction aside from a really slight distinction enchancment.  This actual world shot extensive open exhibits superb sharpness and distinction regardless of being shot at ISO 6400 (almost darkish outdoors).

As these different samples present, the mixture could be very helpful and can give photographers a further quantity of attain and one other framing choice whereas retaining excellent picture high quality.

I feel this was a really sensible transfer by Fuji, because it permits the lens to be a extra credible choice for wildlife work.

In my video evaluation, I jokingly referred to this lens as a “gateway drug”.  Individuals might get hooked on this type of high quality and need extra…like a 300mm F2.eight and 400mm F4…and that’s precisely what Fuji needs.  It is going to be the response of the paying viewers that may decide if there are extra lenses just like the Fujinon XF 200mm F2 OIS sooner or later.  This can be a transition focal size, not as long as to be inaccessible, and never so costly as to discourage everybody.  It’s a particularly costly lens, however a lens like a 300mm F2.eight or 400mm F2.eight is usually extra like a ten thousand greenback buy, so it is sensible that Fuji has chosen a lens like this to dip their toes into the tremendous telephoto pool.  As a proof of idea, a halo automotive, so to talk, the Fujinon XF 200mm makes a reasonably compelling argument.  It’s is obvious proof that Fuji could be very able to making terribly good tremendous telephoto lenses.  Right here’s hoping that this gained’t be the final!


  • Distinctive professional construct high quality
  • Very hanging lens design
  • Nice options and dealing with
  • Quick, correct, and quiet autofocus
  • Robust monitoring efficiency with a physique just like the X-T3
  • Completely sharp, completely corrected F2 efficiency
  • No seen vignette
  • No chromatic aberrations of any variety
  • Wonderful OIS efficiency


  • Giant and costly
  • Guide focus expertise considerably irritating
  • Bokeh not as creamy as Canon competitors
  • Umm, giant and costly

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