High Quality Mirrorless Telephotos Compared

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image courtesy of Daniel J. Cox

Natural Exposures has a comparison between Leica/Fuji/Nikon super zooms and the Olympus 300mm. In my opinion the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, that I reviewed earlier this year, is the clear winner even through Daniel J. Cox isn’t familiar with Fujifilm cameras/lenses. The XF100-400 and Fujifilm X-T1 work great together and I would highly recommend the combo to anyone shooting wildlife.

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  • nwcs

    Interesting comparison. I’m not too concerned with the sharpness, etc. but looking at the size/ergonomics. He had some difficulty with the Fuji ergonomics and I can’t blame him too much on that. Fuji has been a bit maddeningly inconsistent at times. I’d love to see a 400 f5.6 prime, though, in a Fuji system. Or a 500 f5.6.

    • Neopulse

      I’d prefer to see a Fuji 200mm f/2 to be honest. They know how to do bokeh extremely well. I’d like to see that kind of lens. Although might be steep price wise. But chances are under $2.5k

      • nwcs

        I don’t see how it would be less than $4.5K really given the pricing of other 200 f2 lenses out there.

        • Neopulse

          Yeah, but on APS-C it’s more reasonable since it’s not as big as larger sensor formats. Plus Fuji tends to compete well in pricing while giving good quality glass. I think it’s possible even at $2.5k alone. Or at least me a 200mm f/2.8 model even. I believe it’s possible.

          • nwcs

            I think the physics of a 100mm objective dictates the design, though.

          • Neopulse

            For APS-C (not micro four thirds) can pull it off. Fuji I guess needs more people switching to invest in higher quality glass. With the new bodies coming out I think we’ll know by then. Plus their 60mm f/2.7 Macro needs an update real bad.

  • Steffen Bjerre Hokland

    Has anyone noticed that the author consistently writes ‘XT-2’?

    • nwcs

      Yes, but if you read the comments he acknowledged just making a typo over and over.