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I have fully switched to Fuji from Nikon and really enjoy the X-mount system. The one drawback that I have found is the lack of telephoto lenses. I have the 55-200 and like the 200 mm performance but I need more reach. There are lots of Bald Eagles where I live but I can only get so close to them.

I have perused a number of photos taken with the Fuji 100-400 and am not all that impressed. Certainly not impressed enough to drop $1500 to $2000 for the lens.

For the same money I can buy a refurb Nikon D7200 and a Nikon 200-500 f5.6. That combo is a big bastard though, I have owned both.

As an alternative, I am considering either a Nikon 300 f4.0 ED or a 300 f4.0 AF-S. Both can be had for under $500. I already have an adapter which I use with my Nikon 10.5 fisheye on my Fuji's. Of course it would be manual focus and aperture. I do find Fuji's focus peaking pretty easy to use as long as the subject isn't moving very fast or erratically.

Any opinions on the aforementioned??

Any other suggestions??

Thanks ..... Gregg



Aug 10, 2017 at 03:06 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


How about the Fuji 50-140 (with a converter if you need the extra reach?)

The Nikon teles you mention would be fine; are you OK with manual focus only for the eagle photos though?

Also, were the photos you saw taken by skilled photographers, or were they more 'snapshots?' As you know, a long (slow) lens hand-held can be problematic. I have had very good results with the 100-400, but it is a bit difficult to hand hold at its full extension, even with IS on. The ISO usually needs to be increased a bit, but I don't find that a problem with the XT-2.



Aug 10, 2017 at 03:13 PM
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The 50-140 with converter will be a one stop faster 55-200. No real gain for me.

You are correct that the hit-&-miss 100-400 photos online may have been shot with less then perfect technique but with AF and OIS I expected a higher number of hits.

I wish Fuji would do a 300 f4.0

Gregg



Aug 10, 2017 at 03:33 PM
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Seems like the 55-200, 50-140, and 100-400 are your only options if you don't want MF.

The 50-140 with a converter (1.4x or 2x) is definitely an option -- the 50-140 is a much better lens than the 55-200 so it might be better even with a TC, but I don't know if it will satisfy your personal IQ needs.

If I were you I would rent the 100-400 for a few days and see what it can deliver. Online samples can only yield so much information.

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Aug 10, 2017 at 03:42 PM
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Hey Gregg, I'm not that impressed with the 100-400 either . Fuji REALLY needs some fast long lenses.

In the meantime, I would consider using the Nikkors and just MF. I know you're used to that.



Aug 10, 2017 at 03:45 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Hey Gregg, I'm not that impressed with the 100-400 either . Fuji REALLY needs some fast long lenses.

In the meantime, I would consider using the Nikkors and just MF. I know you're used to that.


According to rumors, Fuji is set to deliver some sort of telephoto prime in the 200-300mm range sometime in 2018-2019. But long and heavy lenses like that are not really what most Fuji users are looking for.


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Aug 10, 2017 at 03:53 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Hey Gregg, I'm not that impressed with the 100-400 either . Fuji REALLY needs some fast long lenses.

In the meantime, I would consider using the Nikkors and just MF. I know you're used to that.


Hi Leighton

I just looked over at eBay and found an AF 300 f4 ED-IF at KEH. Very brassy, but for $200 I may try it. Easy returns there if i don't like the combo.

Gregg




Aug 10, 2017 at 03:55 PM
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mdude85 wrote:
According to rumors, Fuji is set to deliver some sort of telephoto prime in the 200-300mm range sometime in 2018-2019. But long and heavy lenses like that are not really what most Fuji users are looking for.


Thanks for the heads up mdude.

I'm confident that if Fuji produces a 300mm prime it will be superb. I'm also confident that it will be expensive, $4k if it's f2.8.

Where I live the beaches are open to vehicles so the wildlife can be approached much closer in a car then on foot. Most of my tele use of the Fuji X system will be on a beanbag through the open car window. That $200 Nikon AF 300 EDIF is sounding better and better in my mind.

Thanks ..... Gregg





Aug 10, 2017 at 04:00 PM
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I just bought the 300 f4 from KEH http://www.ebay.com/itm/122640929055

A cheap enough intro to see if I like using it MF on an adapter. I'll let you all know how it goes

Thanks



Aug 10, 2017 at 04:09 PM
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mdude85 wrote:
According to rumors, Fuji is set to deliver some sort of telephoto prime in the 200-300mm range sometime in 2018-2019. But long and heavy lenses like that are not really what most Fuji users are looking for.


You are right about most Fuji users, including myself. But...there are some pros shooting sports with the X-T2 that I'm sure would like nice long fast glass. It will be interesting to see what Fuji comes out with.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


Like most equipment, including the 100-400, it depends on the user.

http://danbaileyphoto.com/blog/5-reasons-why-i-love-the-fujifilm-xf100-400mm-lens/

He also has some good information on Fuji X series if you've never seen his website.




Aug 10, 2017 at 08:20 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


The Nikon 300 f4 arrived today from KEH. As usual with KEH, the condition was much better then expected. Well worth the $200 I paid for it.

I mounted the lens on my X-T2 via my K&F Concepts Nikon G adapter and took a few shots in my yard. I was shooting the lens wide open at 1/4000 second and ISO 4000 and handheld. I am pleased with the results. I will definitely need to use either a beanbag on the car windowsill or my larger tripod for best results.

Here are two photos. The white flower is a 100% crop when you click it (it looks to be closer to 200% on my screen when the thread loads). The purple flowers are the full photo














Aug 18, 2017 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


As a straight up amateur I have to ask. What specifically don't you guys like about the 100-400?

I really like mine but perhaps my standards are just too low.

Tracks well and is sharp enough, solid AF and the OIS really works.



Aug 19, 2017 at 02:42 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


I wish there was an electronic adapter to use Canon lenses on Fuji bodies. My Canon 100-400 II is incredible. The 1 meter MFD is super useful. That is the one hesitation I have had in giving up my Canon for Fuji.


Aug 19, 2017 at 02:45 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


I'm enjoying mine, and don't know what all the fuss is about.


Aug 19, 2017 at 03:03 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


Jeffrey wrote:
I'm enjoying mine, and don't know what all the fuss is about.


Same here.




Aug 19, 2017 at 10:05 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


Too mush hassle manual focusing the Nikon 300 f4. After review of numerous pages dedicated to the 100-400, I broke down and purchased one today.

My 65 year old hands should really benefit from OIS......

Thanks for all the advice

Gregg



Aug 30, 2017 at 02:02 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


I've had the XF 100-400 for some time now. It does deliver great IQ but as with all telephoto lenses requires skill and patience from the user. It's good to have IOS but in real life nothing beats shutter speed. I have the feeling too many people depend too much on the IOS when you really need to bump the ISO. That's why it is a good thing if Fuji has a faster telephoto prime in the pipes.

Here are few bird shots I've made with the lens. I'll post landscape later.






Aug 30, 2017 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


I am a nikon shooter who is used to good glass (I have the 500mm e fl vr for wildlife) and I recently got a nice fuji kit to go along..which includes the xt2 and 100-400mm. I have used the 100-400 a bit now, and I'm impressed. Actually I'm impressed with all of their lenses. While the af system isn't up to par with nikon (which imo is best in the world), the lens can take very good images imo.



Aug 30, 2017 at 04:56 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Telephoto for Fuji "X" System


seriously? who complain that 100-400? that is one of the best lens from Fuji. That is only option for Fuji shooting as far as tele lens now. Who that complain about it, either not own it before or their skill is not there yet. XT-2 has it limitation when shooting wildlife or BIF. The lens has nothing to do with it. Check out my review of that lens here:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1506106/0#14162159

If i can capture those, so can you.



Aug 31, 2017 at 01:37 AM
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