Fujinon OIS f/4.5~5.6 XF WR
Fujinon 100~400mm f/4.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR (77mm filters, 50.7 oz./1,436g with foot, 48.1 oz./1,365g without, 5.7'/1.75m close focus, about $1,900) bigger. I got mine at B&H, I'd also get it at Adorama or at Amazon. As you'll see at those links, you can get a kit with Fuji's $450 1.4x teleconverter for only $100 extra.
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NEW: Fuji 1.4x Teleconverter 10 June 2016
Sony RX10 Mk III (24~600mm equivalent)
Magenta Flower, 07 June 2016. Fujifilm X-Pro2, Auto White Balance (shot under overcast light), Fujinon 100~400mm set to 400mm and shot wide-open with Fujinon XF 1.4x teleconverter which gives T8 at 560mm at 1/85 at Auto ISO 200, Perfectly Clear. bigger or full-resolution file to explore on your computer; mobile devices rarely display full resolution images at full resolution.
(more samples in the review below)
The Fuji 100-400mm is a very long zoom (150~600mm equivalent) for the Fuji X-series cameras.
It has great optics and stabilization and is reasonably well made, but it's expensive, doesn't focus that close and is mostly plastic. It is nowhere near the quality of a professional DSLR lens like the Canon 100-400mm L IS II which sells for about the same price. Before I'd get too excited about this lens, ask yourself if you really want such a big, expensive and partly plastic lens for a "lightweight" camera system. I'd suggest you'd be much better off with any Canon DSLR and the Canon 100-400mm L II, which is far superior.
For this price for a mirrorless camera, I'd also consider a Sony RX10 Mk III which comes with a superb Zeiss lens that covers the equivalent of 24~600mm f/2.4~4, and includes an excellent camera along with the lens for less than the cost of this much larger Fuji lens alone. To be perfectly honest, I compared the two, and the Sony RX10 Mk III focuses a little faster than this 100-400mm lens on an X-Pro2.
Fujifilm calls this the Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ∅ 77
Fujinon is Fujifilm's brand name for their lenses.
XF is Fuji's line of good lenses for their X-mount cameras.
R means it has an aperture ring.
LM means Lick Me, an amusing twist lost in translation from Japanese relating to humidity resistance.
WR means weather resistant.
OIS means Optical Image Stabilizer.
∅ 77 means it takes 77mm filters.
21 elements in 14 groups.
5 extra low dispersion elements.
1 super extra low dispersion element.
Fluorine dirt-resistant front coating.
No aspherical elements.
It's a traditional mechanical pumper zoom, getting longer as zoomed.
9 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/22 in 1/3-stop clicks.
Maximum & Minimum Apertures
It sees the same angle of view as a 150~600 mm lens sees when used on a 35mm camera.
See also Crop Factor.
Angles of View
4.1 ~ 16.2º
Twin linear motors.
No external movement as focussed.
5.7 feet (1.75 meters).
Focus limiter switch to 16.5' (5m).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:5.3 (0.19 x).
Rated "5 stops improvement."
Automatically detects and deals with panning.
Plastic 77 mm filter thread.
Fuji 100-400mm hood. bigger.
The plastic bayonet hood is included.
It has a little cover that slides open so you can tweak grads and polarizers.
It gets longer as zoomed to 400mm:
3.73" maximum diameter x 8.23~10.63" extension from flange.
94.8 mm maximum diameter x 210.5~270 mm extension from flange.
50.655 oz. (1,436.1 g) actual measured weight with foot, but no caps or hood.
48.145 oz. (1,364.8 g) actual measured weight, without foot, caps or hood.
Fuji specifies 48.5 oz. (1,375 g) without caps or hood.
Rated to work down to -10º C (14º F).
15 January 2016.
Metal Tripod Collar
"Lens Wrapping Cloth"
Paperwork with Limited 1-Year Warranty
Fuji 100~400 box. bigger.
Fuji's Model Number
$1,900, June 2016.
Fuji 1.4x teleconverter (also comes as a kit with this).
The Fuji 100-400mm is a superb lens, and priced accordingly.
Autofocus is fine. Its speed will depend greatly on conditions and on your camera.
On an X-Pro2, it's not that great in the dark, which is the X-Pro2's fault. The Sony RX10 Mk III is better here.
Bokeh is marvelous. Backgrounds don't distract. As always, shoot at 400mm and get as close as you can to make the backgrounds really go away; longer focal lengths and closer subject distances are more important than the f/stop.
Here are shots wide-open at about headshot distance. Click any for the camera-original JPG file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).
At least as shot on an X-Pro2, there is no distortion. I'll presume that the X-Pro2 is correcting it automatically.
As shot on an X-Pro2, there is no falloff. The X-Pro2 obviously is correcting it automatically.
This is a big lens, and since it subjugates some features that should be directly mechanical to electronic silliness, it doesn't handle as well as a pro lens like the Canon 100-400mm L IS II or a good consumer lens like the Nikon 80-400mm VR or even the Nikon 200-500mm VR.
Instead of a focus ring for instant manual override, there's an electronic encoder, which if you program your camera correctly, might give you manual control over the motorized autofocus system. Nikon and Canon's direct-connect mechanical instant manual-focus overrides work far better.
Zooming is moderately stiff and not that smooth. It feels plasticy because it is.
There's no problem with vignetting with any sort of 77mm filter. This is typical for a tele lens.
The filter ring does not rotate, but it does move in and out as zoomed.
The filter ring is plastic.
Macro doesn't get very close, which is a big negative for this lens.
The most important thing that each generation of pro tele zooms has done is to let us focus closer, which greatly expands our operational envelope.
Sadly this lens only focuses to 5.7 feet or 1.75 meters at all focal lengths, so you're always running up against the near limit.
I prefer the Canon 100-400mm L IS II which actually focuses more than twice as close as this Fuji lens (about 2.75 feet or 0.85 meters). Likewise, the Sony RX10 Mk III focuses even close than either of these.
Here's how close it gets. Click any to enlarge:
Fuji 100-400mm. bigger.
This is almost an all-plastic lens, which isn't acceptable for a $1,900 lens. I'd demand better from a $1,900 lens, and we get much better with the all-metal Canon 100-400mm L IS II for about the same price.
The Fuji 35mm f/2 is also made much better — for just $299.
Depth of Field Scale
Anodized aluminum encoder ring.
Tripod Mount and Collar
Removable; two thumbscrews hold it on.
Fuji 100-400mm Removable Tripod Collar. bigger.
Look and feel like plastic.
Really does look a bit warm-colored.
Painted around front outside filter ring.
Laser engraved in rear plastic lens barrel near mount.
Moisture Seal at Mount
Noises when Shaken
Moderately strong klunking, sounds like something related to the VR system floating around.
Sharpness is superb. It's super sharp at every setting.
For those of you who don't take real pictures, here's a wall from about 10 feet (3 meters).
Click on any of these for the camera-original © JPG image file to explore on your computer; mobile devices usually don't display full-resolution images properly. If you can see the original files; you'll see fantastic sharpness and freedom from all aberrations clear out to the corners, and these are shot wide-open where lenses are their softest:
Dirty Umbrella, 07 June 2016. Fujifilm X-Pro2, Auto White Balance (shot under overcast light), Fujinon 100~400mm set to 400mm and shot wide-open with a Fujinon XF 1.4x teleconverter which give T8 at 560mm at 1/220 at Auto ISO 200, Perfectly Clear. bigger or full-resolution file to explore on your computer; mobile devices rarely display full resolution images at full resolution.
Here is its rated MTF wide-open, which agrees with the superb results I saw:
The lens' optical stabilizer works great; it locks down the image as if you've bolted the rig down to bedrock.
I wouldn't expect much in the way of sunstars due to its rounded diaphragm.
Fuji makes only one super zoom.
The new Sony RX10 Mk III is an incredible new camera with a built-in 24~600mm equivalent f/2.4~4 superzoom lens.
It handles better than this lens, and costs less, complete with a camera body. The Sony is smaller and faster and a whole lot more fun to shoot, which is the whole point of mirrorless systems in the first place.
Nikon's 80-400mm VR is bigger, but weighs about the same. It has the same close-focus distance and zooms wider.
It's a swell lens, but like this Fuji, is too plasticy for my taste for a $2,000 + lens.
The Canon 100-400mm L IS II is a far superior and fully professional all-metal lens. It sells for a little more and weighs a little more - because it's all metal.
Before I spent almost $2,000 on this mostly plastic Fuji lens, I'd get this Canon lens instead. Not only is it better made, it focuses far closer, letting it replace a macro lens at the same time.
This Canon lens is the only truly professional lens among these; the rest are plastic.
There are three slide switches towards the rear:
This is the stabilizer. Leave it ON. Turn it off only if you're on a rock-solid tripod or are making very long exposures.
Aperture ~ A
Set it to A for automatic aperture control by the camera for Program or Aperture Priority modes. Set it to the picture of the aperture if you want to select the aperture manually using the ring on the lens.
FULL ~ 5m-∞
This is the focus limiter. Leave it in FULL, which lets the lens focus normally.
If and only if you're having problems with the lens' autofocus system getting lost and "hunting" over the full range when you know that all your subjects are farther away than 5 meters (16 feet), then use the 5m-∞ setting to prevent the lens from trying to focus more closely.
If you want an ultra-tele for your Fuji Camera, this is the best there is. It is ultra sharp and its stabilization system is superb. The results from this lens on any Fuji body are superb - but it doesn't focus very close.
I'd use this for portraits, but for sports, I prefer a DSLR or the Sony RX10 Mk III for faster tracking autofocus than I can get with the Fuji system.
If you're shooting landscapes or anything else with the Fuji system, this is the only ultra-tele in the system, and it's superb. My whining is all about the price, and what else I can buy for that same price. If you demand the best and don't fret about the price, go for it.
This Fuji 100-400mm is a great lens, but is it $1,900 great?
As I've cautioned, if you work for your money I'd think long and hard before spending this much on what is essentially a plastic lens for a consumer camera system, when you could spend not much more and get a proven professional lens like the new Canon 100-400mm L IS II and use it on any Canon DSLR, including the inexpensive and superb Canon SL1. I'd get the Canon 100-400 and an SL1 and shoot that alongside a Fuji system.
Likewise, if you are getting this for your Fuji because you want to carry less, this is a big lens and defeats that purpose. A superb and little known camera is Sony's brand new RX10 Mk III which has a superb Zeiss 24~600mm equivalent lens. This new Sony works incredibly well and it costs less than this Fuji lens alone. The Sony's ZEISS lens even has metal focus and zoom rings, which this Fuji does not!
What & Where to Get It
I got mine at B&H, I'd also get it at Adorama or at Amazon. As you'll see at those links, you can get a kit with Fuji's $450 1.4x teleconverter for only $100 extra. By all means I'd pay the extra $100 for the kit with the converter; if you hate it, sell the converter and you're still ahead.
The very best protective filter is the 77mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.
Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.
This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Fuji does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.
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06 June 2016