Along with the model new fifth Technology X Sequence 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 could have 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 12 months, and so there was a lot hypothesis about what it will really appear to be when it was lastly launched.
Now that it’s lastly right here, the small print of this new super-telephoto are fairly spectacular. To begin with, it’s so much cheaper 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 can be fairly a bit greater than $1,999.00.
I’m glad I used to be mistaken, as a result of ar this worth, it makes Fuji’s 150-600 a very viable choice 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 affords an excessive amount of worth for the value, dimension and weight, and it strikes a formidable 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 affordable concessions. The Fuji engineers did some severe quantity crunching on this one.
Now the longest focal size X-Mount lens within the line, the brand new XF150-600mm lens offer you 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 probably 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 cut back chromatic aberrations and coloration fringing, and assist retain a really excessive diploma of readability, coloration accuracy and crispness entry the complete 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 at this time’s sensor know-how, extremely excessive ISO efficiency and its 5-stop OIS picture stabilization, capturing at these apertures is hardly the deal breaker that it was.
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 tip 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 normal 35mm equal focal lengths out to a max of a mind-blowing 1,828mm.
So, with out the teleconverter, the 150-600 offers you virtually a thousand millimeters of zoom. With the 2x, you’re pushing shut to 2 thousand millimeters.
Both approach, you possibly can’t count on to get that form 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 images that exhibit a formidable stage of element.
So yea, the brand new XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 is not at all a small lens, nor does it have an exceptionally quick max aperture, however anybody who hoped that it will be both of these issues resides in a dream world.
Or they had been ready to spend a complete lot more cash.
Fortunately, with this new lens, Fujifilm has supplied an unbelievable excessive performing inventive instrument that gives affordable dimension and wight, and a a lot cheaper price tag than most of us had been pondering.
And it’s coming earlier than many people had anticipated. Not understanding any particulars, I figured we wouldn’t see it till fall. It’s really slated to ship on July 7. So yea… should you get your preorder in, you simply would possibly be capable of have it on your mid summer time trip!
I gotta hand it to Fujifilm; they mentioned this was coming, and man, did they ship in a approach that I believe 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 this lens out for myself, however I’m definitely trying ahead to giving it a run and seeing what it might do!