Am I the only one wanting an XF 24-200 WR lens?

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Re: You are thinking too small

Doug MacMillan wrote:

How about something like the Canon 50-1000? It's only $70k and the darling of wildlife cinematographers.

Seriously, to build something with enough IQ and a fast enough aperture to suit me would end up being very large, very heavy and very expensive.

I also agree that any zoom beyond 3x calls for too many compromises. Personally, I don't regard super zooms as being what Fuji is about. If I wanted something like that, I would have gone with a different system.

So, just to be clear, you would therefore also include Fuji’s 100-400 in that class as well, right?  Now, I admit to being a pretty big fan of that lens and it’s arguably the one I use the most, but I honestly haven’t encountered much in the way of compromises in IQ at either end of the FL range… or certainly not enough to discourage its use.  I have encountered issues with other lenses that are consistent with your view here, but I suspect you might be “painting this with a bit too wide a brush” IMHO.  I think there are a number of 4x long zooms out there that are more than worthy with very few compromises.  Their popularity with professional wildlife photographers might also support that view.

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