Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 Lens for Zoo Photography

Now I’ve had a bit more time with the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 I’m beginning to appreciate its positives for my style of zoo photography (quick shots hand held whilst being hastled by my small children!).

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. I still don’t trust the autofocus to get a shot if there is a lot of movement going on. WIth my Nikon setup I knew I could raise the camera to my eye, focus in a moment and have a fair chance of catching the action. With the Fuji it’s a case of hoping to be prefocussed at the right range and then you’ve got a chance of it catching up. EVF blackout is another major downside compared to the Nikon, if I’m trying to follow movement then it’s a case of cross your fingers and hope once the first shot is taken.

Having said all that, the light weight, portability and excellent image stabilisation make for a compelling package for the more stationary subjects. A few examples below:

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