FUJIFILM XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
The much-anticipated XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is finally here! Users welcome it with excitement because there’re not many X-mount lenses supplied by third parties. This lens covers from 152mm to all the way to 609mm equivalent, which is a dramatic extension from 350mm equivalent (230mm actual focal length) of the XF55-200mm. The weight is 1.375g, which is quite light for the zoom range and a lens with 5 stop image stabilization. In addition, it’s built to be tough by employing dust/drop proof construction, low temperature resistance up to minus 10 degree Celsius, and fluorine coating on the front lens element.
( Photography : A.Inden / Text : KIMURAX )
Shooting a mother and her child using the wide-end and soft front bokeh of the plum blossoms. The focused people look very sharp and I can see every detail of the fibers and hairs when I view the image at original size. Of course, it perfectly captured the petal on the mother’s head. Just like other Fuji lenses, the color reproduction is natural and it worked to express the chilly air and the sunshine.
Looks like the lady had waited until the puppy looked at the camera. The clever puppy kept sitting even after it was unleashed. I was able to enjoy shooting the moment when their feeling disagreed slightly by zooming in to the tele-end without interrupting them. The linear-motored AF is quiet and smooth. After all, it’s so much fun shooting a telephoto lens!
Another one at the tele-end. I shot wide open, but the rendition is so sharp that I can read the letters on the green Ferris wheel car clearly.
Even though I underexposed due to the high contrast, the shadow area still has tonal range without clipping and the concrete looks very realistic.
Around the mid-range, wide open, close distance. While the depth of field is very thin, the face looks very sharp. The way it defocuses gradually toward the tail is elegant. The soft ring bokeh gives a natural accent to the image.
Wide open. The shining on the waves and chairs inside the boat look amazingly sharp. When I view the image at a larger size, the shining parts of the waves look like little stars. If you include point light sources for a night shot, you can get beautiful light beam.
The splashes are thrillingly sharp. The texture reproduction of the wet fountain is perfect.
Because of the soft fluffy feel of the texture, I expected the shirt would look a little too soft. However, when I viewed the image at a larger size, I found that it resolved the texture of the fibers wonderfully! Then I looked to the left shoulder part to find detailed rendition of the scuffing in front of the defocused background. The tonal gradation is so natural as well.
The front bokeh occupies most of the frame, but it looks so natural that it leads viewers’ eyes to the moon. The clear rendition of the distant moon deepens the taste of this image.
Because it’s a huge lens as you see, I was worried about the balance with the body. Actually, it was so easy to use because the front part felt light enough to handle effortlessly. The image stabilization is so powerful that I could keep shooting at 600mm equivalent without a tripod. What a pleasure! Image quality is sharp wide open throughout the zoom range and the AF did work flawlessly during my location. This lens is like a sniper rifle because it captures the target quickly and quietly. The expensive price is nothing compared to the great sensation you can get in exchange. Anyway, it was worth the long wait. Now is your turn to try it.
( 24.02.2016 )