Along with the model new fifth Technology X Collection digital camera that Fujifilm unveiled final week, the X-H2s, Fujifilm additionally launched two model new lenses, as nicely, together with the much-anticipated XF150-600mm f/5.6-8.
I do know, I do know… that is the one which plenty of you’ve got 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.
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Rumors of recent XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 started circulating final yr, and so there was a lot hypothesis about what it could really appear like when it was lastly launched.
Now that it’s lastly right here, the main points of this new super-telephoto are fairly spectacular. To start with, it’s quite a bit inexpensive than I’d 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 flawed, as a result of ar this value, it makes Fuji’s 150-600 a very viable possibility for a variety of sports activities, wildlife and nature photographers who need this type of focal size and efficiency.
Costing solely $100 greater than Fuji’s superior XF100-400 lens, the brand new XF150-600 presents an excessive amount of worth for the value, dimension and weight, and it strikes a powerful stability between lengthy attain and comparatively moveable 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 intensive view, and the pace to again it up. Utilizing Fuji’s Linear Autofocus Motor with inner zoom and focusing, and On-Lens focusing controls, this lens permits for very quick and correct autofocus once you’re capturing these very distant or quick-moving topics, like… ahem… birds.
Mix it with the following technology AF algorithms and efficiency that was launched within the new X-H2s, and also you’ll long-lens autofocus pace that you can solely dream about a couple of years in the past. This combo just about makes probably the most succesful BIF setup you 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 shade fringing, and assist retain a really excessive diploma of readability, shade 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 out there. (Tamron’s model is 4.38 lbs, and Sigma’s is over 6 lbs.)
And whereas it’s not a brilliant quick lens with its sliding f/5.6-8 aperture, with immediately’s sensor expertise, extremely excessive ISO efficiency and its 5-stop OIS picture stabilization, taking pictures at these apertures is hardly the deal breaker that it was once.
Certain, 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 tip of the world, particularly on the newer Fuji our bodies. After all, utilizing these adapters, you’re capable of 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 means, you’ll be able to’t anticipate to get that sort of size with none compromises, however once more, by cranking the ISO dial up, you’ll be capable of nail your topics with an extremely shut view and nonetheless get sharp pictures that showcase a powerful stage of element.
So yea, the brand new XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 is certainly not a small lens, nor does it have an exceptionally quick max aperture, however anybody who hoped that it could be both of these issues resides in a dream world.
Or they had been ready to spend an entire lot extra money.
Fortunately, with this new lens, Fujifilm has provided an unbelievable excessive performing artistic software that provides cheap dimension and wight, and a a lot lower cost tag than most of us had been considering.
And it’s coming earlier than many people had anticipated. Not realizing any particulars, I figured we wouldn’t see it till fall. It’s really slated to ship on July 7. So yea… if you happen to get your preorder in, you simply may be capable of have it to your mid summer time trip!
I gotta hand it to Fujifilm; they mentioned this was coming, and man, did they ship in a means that I feel surprised lots of people. Then once more, who is aware of glass and lens design like Fujifilm?
I haven’t had the possibility to do this lens out for myself, however I’m actually wanting ahead to giving it a run and seeing what it may well do!