Along with the model new fifth Era X Collection digicam that Fujifilm unveiled final week, the X-H2s, Fujifilm additionally launched two model new lenses, as effectively, together with the much-anticipated XF150-600mm f/5.6-8.
I do know, I do know… that is the one which quite a lot of you’ve gotten been ready for.
This new excessive telephoto-zoom options excessive efficiency optics, climate sealing, and unbelievable new choices for framing and capturing your distant scenes, whether or not you shoot stills or movement.
XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
Rumors of latest XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 started circulating final 12 months, and so there was a lot hypothesis about what it might really appear to be when it was lastly launched.
Now that it’s lastly right here, the main points of this new super-telephoto are fairly spectacular. To begin with, it’s rather a lot cheaper than I might have thought. Given the Fuji’s “white barrel” 200mm /f2 lens is simply shy of $6K, I figured that the XF150-600 could be fairly a bit greater than $1,999.00.
I’m glad I used to be incorrect, as a result of ar this worth, it makes Fuji’s 150-600 a very viable possibility for a variety of sports activities, wildlife and nature photographers who need this sort of focal size and efficiency.
Costing solely $100 greater than Fuji’s superior XF100-400 lens, the brand new XF150-600 affords a substantial amount of worth for the value, dimension and weight, and it strikes a powerful stability between lengthy attain and comparatively transportable design.
Sure, it has extra glass, a bigger entrance factor, a barrel that’s 4 inches longer, and one half pound heavier, however contemplating that the angle of view is one third longer, these are cheap concessions. The Fuji engineers did some critical quantity crunching on this one.
Now the longest focal size X-Mount lens within the line, the brand new XF150-600mm lens provide you with an extremely in depth view, and the velocity to again it up. Utilizing Fuji’s Linear Autofocus Motor with inside zoom and focusing, and On-Lens focusing controls, this lens permits for very quick and correct autofocus while you’re capturing these very distant or quick-moving topics, like… ahem… birds.
Mix it with the following era AF algorithms and efficiency that was launched within the new X-H2s, and also you’ll long-lens autofocus velocity that you possibly can solely dream about a couple of years in the past. This combo just about makes essentially the most succesful BIF setup you possibly can think about.
The optical design options 24 parts in 17 teams, together with 4 Tremendous ED and three ED parts to scale back chromatic aberrations and colour fringing, and assist retain a really excessive diploma of readability, colour accuracy and crispness entry all the zoom vary.
Weighing at 3.5 lbs (1,605g) Fuji’s 150-600 is about 20% lighter than most different 150-600 lenses available in the market. (Tamron’s model is 4.38 lbs, and Sigma’s is over 6 lbs.)
And whereas it’s not an excellent quick lens with its sliding f/5.6-8 aperture, with at present’s sensor expertise, extremely excessive ISO efficiency and its 5-stop OIS picture stabilization, capturing at these apertures is hardly the deal breaker that it was once.
Positive, these numbers push out to f/11 and f/16 when utilizing the 1.4X and 2x Teleconverters respectively, however even that’s not the top of the world, particularly on the newer Fuji our bodies. In fact, utilizing these adapters, you’re in a position to push the view out to a typical 35mm equal focal lengths out to a max of a mind-blowing 1,828mm.
So, with out the teleconverter, the 150-600 provides you virtually a thousand millimeters of zoom. With the 2x, you’re pushing shut to 2 thousand millimeters.
Both approach, you’ll be able to’t count on to get that form of size with none compromises, however once more, by cranking the ISO dial up, you’ll have the ability to nail your topics with an extremely shut view and nonetheless get sharp photographs that showcase a powerful degree of element.
So yea, the brand new XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 is under no circumstances a small lens, nor does it have an exceptionally quick max aperture, however anybody who hoped that it might be both of these issues resides in a dream world.
Or they have been ready to spend a complete lot extra money.
Fortunately, with this new lens, Fujifilm has provided an unbelievable excessive performing inventive device that provides cheap dimension and wight, and a a lot lower cost tag than most of us have been pondering.
And it’s coming earlier than many people had anticipated. Not figuring out any particulars, I figured we wouldn’t see it till fall. It’s really slated to ship on July 7. So yea… in case you get your preorder in, you simply may have the ability to have it in your mid summer season trip!
I gotta hand it to Fujifilm; they stated this was coming, and man, did they ship in a approach that I feel shocked lots of people. Then once more, who is aware of glass and lens design like Fujifilm?
I haven’t had the prospect to do that lens out for myself, however I’m definitely wanting ahead to giving it a run and seeing what it may well do!