Industry News: Fujifilm announces the XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR & XF 18-120mm f/4 R LM PZ

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Fujinon XF 150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
Valhalla, N.Y., May 31, 2022 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to introduce FUJINON XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR telephoto zoom lens (XF150- 600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR). Engineered for photographers who rely on extreme zoom capabilities, even in the most challenging photographic situations. From distant wildlife to sprawling landscape photography, XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR is designed to create long-distance images with pinpoint accuracy.
“The outstanding coverage that is achievable with this lens places a range of far- reaching subjects–including wildlife, nature, and landscape details–firmly within frame,” said Victor Ha, vice president, Electronic Imaging and Optical Devices Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “An incredible focal range paired with fast, reliable autofocus, and a perfectly balanced, lightweight design removes barriers between photographers and their subjects, so their only...

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Seems like a scaled down take on Sony’s excellent 200-600 G, a lens Canon really needs to copy.

This for $2k plus the new flagship X-H2S body they just announced with animal and bird af for $2.5k will be a pretty interesting, (relatively) inexpensive, and compact wildlife setup, assuming the af is actually any good.
 
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Unlike the RF 100-500, Fuji's telephoto zooms tend to be noticeably soft on the long end—at least the XF 100-400 and XF 55-200, which I owned for years. The newer XF 70-300 follows suit and adds an extremely nervous bokeh to the equation. Maybe this lens will be different but I would wait and see.
 
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Unlike the RF 100-500, Fuji's telephoto zooms tend to be noticeably soft on the long end—at least the XF 100-400 and XF 55-200, which I owned for years. The newer XF 70-300 follows suit and adds an extremely nervous bokeh to the equation. Maybe this lens will be different but I would wait and see.
The XF 100-400 reviews had it soft at the long end.
 
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So basically, the 150-600 f/5.6-f/8 is about physically equal to a 100-400 f/4-5.6 with about a 1.4x teleconverter on it. Maybe a tinch more than 1.4.

82 mm filter, relatively slow aperture. But probably a very good lens, even if not bright enough in some cases. Fits in a typical bag, I imagine, and fairly light overall compared to an f/5.6 or f/4 600 mm lens.
 
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Canon definitely created huge buzz for wildlife with animal eye detect and 600 f11. Now everyone is trying a different approach and consumers definitely win.

The lens looks the game; also quite extreme long range at 900mm equivalent. 2.4m mfd and 225mm short end are big counters.. if it’s also soft on the long end then it’s losing quite a bit appeal.

Nice comparison between rf 100-500: equal to 160 to 800 equivalent with r7 32mp traditional sensor… vs 225 - 900 on a 26mp meh-stacked sensor (worst read out of any stacked sensor according to dp review) package price is absolutely identical.
But 100-500 is also a benchmark full frame lens when you don’t need tiny subjects e.g. people and landscape details.
 
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