posted Friday, September 23, 2022 at 1:45 PM EDT
For wildlife photographers, few new lenses are as thrilling or extremely anticipated as Fujifilm’s XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR. It checks almost each field you could possibly consider. Extraordinarily lengthy focal size? Verify. Quick autofocus? Verify. Optical picture stabilization and a light-weight design? Verify and examine. We have been wanting ahead to getting our arms on the brand new super-telephoto zoom lens because it was introduced on the finish of Could, and we have had the prospect to place the lens via its paces alongside the equally thrilling X-H2S flagship digicam. To not bury the lede, however the XF 150-600mm was nicely well worth the wait.
Let’s begin with the lens’s design. The internally-zooming lens weighs simply over 1,600 grams (about 3.5 kilos) and is simply over 314 millimeters (12.4 inches) lengthy. It isn’t a small lens, however it’s surprisingly light-weight. It additionally balances very nicely, which makes it really feel lighter in use. With the inclusion of OIS, it is a straightforward lens to shoot handheld. It is also weather-sealed, which is a must have characteristic for outside photographers.
Fujifilm XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
Contained in the lens are 24 components organized throughout 17 teams. It has many components, together with 4 Tremendous ED and three ED components. The ensuing picture high quality ranges from good to wonderful. Sharpness is mostly nice all through the zoom vary, even when taking pictures vast open. The lens is barely softer at 600mm, nevertheless it’s solely noticeable if you happen to’re pixel-peeping. There’s some minor vignette, nevertheless it’s straightforward to right. I had no points with chromatic aberrations. You may try my full number of sharpness take a look at pictures within the Gallery.
Fujifilm X-H2S with XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens at 265mm (397mm equiv.), F6.4, 1/800s, ISO 1000. This picture has been edited.
In real-world conditions, the picture high quality impresses. Photographs look detailed and ship good shade and distinction. If I needed to ding the lens for something, it might be the aperture, which is comparatively sluggish, particularly at 600mm. F8 is okay, nevertheless it’s not quick sufficient to ship a shallow depth of subject and mushy, blurred backgrounds in lots of conditions. The dearth of brightness may restrict shutter velocity and ISO choice, significantly in early morning or night gentle.
Fujifilm X-H2S with XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens at 238mm (357mm equiv.), F8, 27s, ISO 160. This picture has been edited.
In the end, that is the tradeoff it’s essential to make to attain a 150-600mm focal size (229-914mm equal) in a handholdable design. There is no doubt Fujifilm has achieved one thing particular with the brand new XF 150-600mm lens. No, it is not excellent for each scenario, nevertheless it works extraordinarily nicely most often and delivers nice pictures. Additional, it presents one thing new inside Fujifilm’s X Collection lineup, one thing that has been sorely wanted for a very long time.
Fujifilm X-H2S with XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens at 340mm (509mm equiv.), F7.1, 1/50s, ISO 2500. This picture has been edited.
Fujifilm X-H2S with XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens at 600mm (900mm equiv.), F8, 1/2000s, ISO 3200. This picture has been edited.