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REVIEW: 10mm to 560mm – the pulling power of Fujinon lenses

BY JEFF CARTER – X-PHOTOGRAPHER

jeff carterIn June last year I did a blog on the pulling power of the then current line up of Fujinon XF lenses from 10mm up to 200mm.

Since then Fujifilm have added a 1.4x converter and the XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 to the line up. With just four zooms and a 1.4x converter the pulling power of the Fujinon line up is now 10mm to 560mm or 15mm to 840mm in full frame terms, which is more than enough for most photographers needs.

My current four lens zoom line up is as follows –

XF10-24mm f4R OIS
XF16-55mm f2.8R LM WR
XF50-140mm f2.8R LM OIS WR
XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6R LM OIS WR

The 1.4x converter fits on the two longest lenses taking them to 70-196mm and 140-560mm respectively but with the loss of one stop on each – f4 across the full range of the 50-140mm and f8 at 560mm.

It is difficult to visualise in your head the zoom range so I fitted each lens in turn to the X-T1, which was fitted to a Manfrotto tripod, and shot the same scene, the lighthouse at Barns Ness near Dunbar.

Here are the shots starting at 10mm and ending with 560mm.

Fujinon XF10-24mm f4 @ 10mm

Fujinon XF10-24mm f4 @ 10mm

Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8@ 16mm

Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8@ 16mm

Fujinon XF10-24mm f4 @ 24mm

Fujinon XF10-24mm f4 @ 24mm

Fujinon XF50-140mm f2.8 @ 50mm

Fujinon XF50-140mm f2.8 @ 50mm

Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8 @ 55mm

Fujinon XF16-55mm f2.8 @ 55mm

Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5 5.6 @ 100mm

Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5 5.6 @ 100mm

Fujinon XF50-140mm f2.8 @ 140mm

Fujinon XF50-140mm f2.8 @ 140mm

Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5 5.6 @ 400mm

Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5 5.6 @ 400mm

Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5 5.6 + 1.4x converter @ 560mm

Fujinon XF100-400mm f4.5 5.6 + 1.4x converter @ 560mm

These images were used in the #5YearsofXSeries event on the 15th of Jan 2016, to see the video, click HERE

As you can see the quality of the XF lenses is the same throughout the zoom range and the reach of the Fujinon lenses available for the X-Series now has been extended so you stand further away and still fill the frame with your subject.

The new XF100-400mm is perfect for sport and wildlife and is also useful for landscapes. You can read my review of the new Fujinon superzoom HERE.

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