The FUJINON LENS SUPER EBC XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR with XF 1.4x TC F2 WR is a SHARP, ultra-sharp, the insane sharpness is really what this amazing lens is all about. The buttery smooth, bokeh areas really make the subject stand out. I am not a gear reviewer so if you want to find out more about this lens there are tons of reviews out there, you can Google them online. I just wanted to share my personal experience using this lens.
I was lucky enough to receive a loaner from Fujifilm in Hong Kong and used that to cover Hong Kong 7s in April. First impression was, it’s a monster lens, it’s solid, excellent built and almost all metal but not substantially heavy and I’ve found it balanced quite well on my XT3 with the battery grip on, with a monopod attached I was able to dodging people in and out the stadium quite easily and without hurting my shoulder too much due to its weight.
At 200mm on APS-C cameras it makes the lens equivalent as a 300mm on full-frame cameras. Adding the XF1.4x TC F2 WR teleconverter, it becomes 420mm, it’s good enough for most cases, for further reach I’d have to use the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 to cover.
The performance of this lens is astonishing, snappy focusing and accurate. I set my camera to Zone Focusing with continuous focus on and let the camera do the rest. The results were outstanding, I had really no problem tracking the players running up and down, front and back on the field, and that was with the 1.4x on the whole time, so the teleconverter didn’t affect the performance whatsoever. Not to mention the XT3 focusing speed and accuracy made a big improvement over the XT2, so a truly enjoyable shooting experience. Another outstanding performance was the OIS Optical Image Stabilization. I was able to handheld and shoot it at 1/3 sec which still gave me an amazing result. Practically speaking, photographing with a 200mm lens at that slow shutter speed isn’t really an ideal situation, unless, of course your subject isn’t moving at all, for instance, a lazy cat.
The price tag of this FUJINON LENS SUPER EBC XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR with XF 1.4x TC F2 WR is $6,000, priced about the same as the Nikon and Canon 300mm f2.8, however due to the APSC camera system it is smaller and lighter also it comes with the 1.4x TC, is it worth it? If you are a Fuji shooters and want a fast tele lens, this is your only choice, but remember you are sort of buying 2 lenses in one, 200mm (300mm FF) and 280mm (420mm FF) with the teleconverter on. So if you are full time shooters especially sports photographer, yes this is more likely for you. For amateurs, if you have extra cash, sure, otherwise the 100-400mm isn’t a bad choice at all. Check out the photos below, all shot with the 200mm and XT3.
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