XF 85-300mm f2.7-3.7?

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dotborg Veteran Member • Posts: 8,250
XF 85-300mm f2.7-3.7?

What do you all think of this?

http://www.fujirumors.com/patent-xf-fast-super-telephoto-zoom-lens-85-300mm-f2-7-3-7/

If it ever comes it'll certainly be amazing, but also one big-ass lens with a filter size of at least 82mm.

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Joachim Gerstl Veteran Member • Posts: 6,561
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dotborg wrote:

What do you all think of this?

http://www.fujirumors.com/patent-xf-fast-super-telephoto-zoom-lens-85-300mm-f2-7-3-7/

If it ever comes it'll certainly be amazing, but also one big-ass lens with a filter size of at least 82mm.

Nice lens but wrong system. I would prefer to see some small primes. Where is the sense in putting a large lens on a small camera that can't capture action. If I want that I would use a DSLR.

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dotborg OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,250
Re: XF 85-300mm f2.7-3.7?
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Joachim Gerstl wrote:

dotborg wrote:

What do you all think of this?

http://www.fujirumors.com/patent-xf-fast-super-telephoto-zoom-lens-85-300mm-f2-7-3-7/

If it ever comes it'll certainly be amazing, but also one big-ass lens with a filter size of at least 82mm.

Nice lens but wrong system. I would prefer to see some small primes. Where is the sense in putting a large lens on a small camera that can't capture action. If I want that I would use a DSLR.

Well, the point is for wildlife (among other things). Also, the X-T1 can capture action, it's just not as fully-featured as a pro DLSR. Anyway, Fujifilm already has a "super telephoto zoom lens" on their XF lens roadmap. Whether or not it's this design remains to be seen.

Corwin Lee Forum Member • Posts: 66
Re: XF 85-300mm f2.7-3.7?

Rather see a more compact telephoto zoom 70-300 F4.5-5.6 or 100-400 F5.6.

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nawknai Senior Member • Posts: 1,042
Re: XF 85-300mm f2.7-3.7?

Nah, I agree with the others.  I don't see the point either.
If you're inclined to carry massive equipment like that to shoot birds, wildlife, or sports, you may as well get a DSLR.  Using a heavier DSLR isn't going to change the weight of your camera bag too much anyway.   For now, they're better for tasks that typically require such lenses.

I suppose it's a smart idea though.  If these Fujis end up being as good as DSLRs at AF, and an EVF will allow users to track subjects as well as the OVF of a DSLR, then it'll be seen as a smart, progressive move.  However, right now, it's not necessary for the X-series.

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DJF77 Contributing Member • Posts: 983
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it's called progress and it's a very smart move by Fuji if it happens. It's not a lens I would consider but it will make the a Fuji system a well rounded and appealing prospect, especially as many predict the flappy mirror is on the way to extinction in the near future.

Andy Wilson Senior Member • Posts: 1,583
What would it be used for?

Too short for most birding, maybe just OK for larger wildlife, perhaps some sports if it can AF fast enough.    Doesn't quite make sense for me but I may be missing something.

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dotborg OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,250
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Andy Wilson wrote:

Too short for most birding, maybe just OK for larger wildlife, perhaps some sports if it can AF fast enough. Doesn't quite make sense for me but I may be missing something.

What's the Canon 100-400 for? What's the Nikon 80-400 for?

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Seems too short for birding and such... I would prefer 100-400 at least, and f3.7 is nice thing, but lens is going to be huge... 100-400/4-4.8 option is much better (and smaller/lighter, I think).

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Just a Photographer Senior Member • Posts: 1,368
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Joachim Gerstl wrote:

dotborg wrote:

What do you all think of this?

http://www.fujirumors.com/patent-xf-fast-super-telephoto-zoom-lens-85-300mm-f2-7-3-7/

If it ever comes it'll certainly be amazing, but also one big-ass lens with a filter size of at least 82mm.

Nice lens but wrong system. I would prefer to see some small primes. Where is the sense in putting a large lens on a small camera that can't capture action. If I want that I would use a DSLR.

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You definately did not use the X-T1 yet.
Its fully capable of captioning moving objects at fast pace.

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dotborg OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,250
Re: XF 85-300mm f2.7-3.7?

SirPalomid wrote:

Seems too short for birding and such... I would prefer 100-400 at least, and f3.7 is nice thing, but lens is going to be huge... 100-400/4-4.8 option is much better (and smaller/lighter, I think).

It would be larger.

MiWo Contributing Member • Posts: 613
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To be honest, I would rather see a 100-400mm lens as others have suggested. 85-300mm is too close a focal range to the already existent 55-200mm and 50-230mm.

However, if I read the patent description right, the lens is suppose to keep up the maximum apperture of F2.7 zoomed in at least until 180mm. This basically makes it a fast portrait zoom and a 300mm F4 prime all in one. If it's not more than twice as heavy as the 55-200mm this could be a very interesting option.

And because I use such long FLs only occassionally, I'd rather buy this lens than a DSLR-system where I need to not only shell out for a lens but for an extra camera as well. TO each his own, I guess.

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Mike

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Andy Wilson Senior Member • Posts: 1,583
Re: What would it be used for?

Well I used my Canon 100-400 on a 20D mostly for birding, it was just about long enough when my 'stalking' skills were up to the task or the birds were large enough or for various reasons not too skittish.  I'm thinking that a 300 would be a little short for that on APS-C.  Zoo work and I guess some safari stuff when they drive you up close might work.

I guess it would be long enough to cover a fair amount of a sports field, though you do see a lot of longer lenses.

I'm just curious about that primary uses of that range.

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Canon 100-400IS was one of my go to lenses.  I'll buy this one in a heartbeat if it has similar IQ.

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Thde XT1 is now reasonably capable for action as I can state from my experience with the 200mm the AF is fast and I get at lest 80% razor sharp keeprers with birds, bycicles, horses, children, dogs Yes it's nit a 1Dx but bursts are now more than usable

As a user of an old Nikkor 300mm 3DIF I would be delighted to get this hyperzoom

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same for me ! I'm confident about IQ since nearly all XF lenses have very good IQ

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cnmne Regular Member • Posts: 136
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I'd much rather see a more compact and affordable 200-400mm to complement the 18-55mm and 55-200mm.

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Conrad567 Regular Member • Posts: 493
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Not me...I would rather have the speed.  This is not the length of lens I would take to Disneyland, but more akin to a hike or sporting event.  But knowing Fuji, a compact cheaper lens will be forthcoming.

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Conrad567 Regular Member • Posts: 493
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I really don't want to have more than one system anymore.  This would allow me to finally dump the D700 collecting dust 90% of the time.

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I think with a 300mm if you want to get a decent AF you need a big aperture 3.7 is a reasonnable compromise between size weight AF performance ... and price

As a souvenir my canon 100-400mm was hopeless at f5.6 and 400mm for AF when light started to be dim ...

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