Of Interest for February 13, 2016

Of Interest is a place for things I think are interesting enough to mention and deserve more than a twitter retweet, but aren’t in themselves something that needs their own blog post. Of Interest postings will typically be posted 2-3 times a month, or whenever I find enough stuff to warrant posting it.

Fuji releases the 100-400

Fuji has released the 100-400 in the X-mount for the Fuji XT1 and others in the mirrorless family. Units are starting to trickle out to photographers, and the early feedback is quite positive (see David duChemin for instance). I’ve had this lens on my radar since Fuji put it on their roadmap. What this would allow me to do is convert almost all of my kit over to Fuji by replacing my current Canon 70-200/2.x combo with this lens, leaving the only lens on the Canon side the Sigma 150-600. Theoretically, this combo would make sense for me, because I’d dedicate the 7dmkii and the 150-600 to be my big honker bird lens and I could use the fuji for all other photography.

What I don’t know is how well the XT autofocus and tracking will work for me under field conditions, so before I pull the trigger, I’m going to want to rent and test the lens. Fortunately, Lensrental already carries it (and I expect borrowlenses will soon). I’ll have to figure out when I can put it to a test and have a unit sent to me to evaluate.

It’s not a cheap lens, and it’s not a small or light one, but it looks like I can sell off my existing lens this would replace and grab this for under a grand when I’m ready to do so.

To me, this is the first time I’ve seen the mirrorless units really move into the world of sports and wildlife, and is an indication that these cameras are getting closer to replacing the DLSR as the go-to device in the serious camera universe. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and see if it lives up to expectations.

Available at Amazon for $1899.

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