Fuji 100-400mm alternatives

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OP wontor07 New Member • Posts: 5
Re: Fuji 100-400mm alternatives

So, yet another vote for fuji 100-400

PF511 Regular Member • Posts: 171
Re: Fuji 100-400mm alternatives

wontor07 wrote:

Birdwatching and sport (cycling, football, rugby). The 55-200 for football and rugby is not too bad but 100-400 would give more options. Birdwatching is really frustrating with the 55-200 - it's just a tad too short. I've managed to get some good shots with the 55-200 but I have missed many opportunities... just!

Fringer plus the Sigma 100-400 or Tamron 100-400. Both lenses are sharp, usable and half the price.  Not sure why no one else brought this up.

Matt Fulghum
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another vote for the 100-400

this truly is a case of buy once cry once; you can soften the sting a little by getting it through a reputable second hand dealer.

All of these were shot with that lens in the last two days, either at or close to full extension.  After seeing what Jerry and Baobob are doing with that 1.4x TC, I really wish I'd had one with me, especially for the skimmer.

admission time: I spotted this cara cara, but had to get my wife to shoot it because I was driving while she and my dad were shooting.   unusual to see one this far north and east.

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dampier1 Junior Member • Posts: 43
Wait for Fujifilm Lens Sale

If memory serves me right, I believe they knock $400 off of that lens when they have their lens sale. I think a few times a year.

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Re: another vote for the 100-400

Matt Fulghum wrote:

this truly is a case of buy once cry once; you can soften the sting a little by getting it through a reputable second hand dealer.

All of these were shot with that lens in the last two days, either at or close to full extension. After seeing what Jerry and Baobob are doing with that 1.4x TC, I really wish I'd had one with me, especially for the skimmer.

admission time: I spotted this cara cara, but had to get my wife to shoot it because I was driving while she and my dad were shooting. unusual to see one this far north and east.

Very nice work, Matt.  Can you ID the last bird?  Looks like something maybe in the heron family, but with unusual coloration.

The 1.4 TC is an super worthwhile investment when you can manage it.  I continue to be amazed at how little impact it has on the overall IQ.  Alas, the 2.0 TC didn't quite measure up in that respect, thought I've seen somewhat better examples posted here than I was able to take while I was evaluating it.

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baobob
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Re: another vote for the 100-400

About the 2x TC with the 100-400mm

I habe been successful (and posted) to shoot minute details very sharp, in ideal light conditions, same with the moon.

That said the big enemy of the 2xTC is distance over 20m and haze (linked a bit together in addition ..) which results in a hazy unrecoverable shot

OTOH in best conditions it shows a bit more details than 1.4TC  I would say it is useful to reveal very small details including feathers for small targets not too far (20-30m) with very good atmosphere and light.

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baobob
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the 100-400 with the 2xTC
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What you can expect  in very good conditions :

distance 50m  brilliant sun in the frame

distance 40m

40m in the shade partially

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Geekapoo
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Jerry-astro wrote:

Very nice work, Matt. Can you ID the last bird? Looks like something maybe in the heron family, but with unusual coloration.

Jerry...that is a reddish egret.

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Re: another vote for the 100-400

Geekapoo wrote:

Jerry-astro wrote:

Very nice work, Matt. Can you ID the last bird? Looks like something maybe in the heron family, but with unusual coloration.

Jerry...that is a reddish egret.

Thanks... very cool.  Never seen one, but am a big fan of herons and egrets (mostly Blue Herons and white Egrets here in the Pac NW).  Very nicely done and appreciate the follow up.

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rwbaron Forum Pro • Posts: 14,143
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Jerry-astro wrote:

Matt Fulghum wrote:

this truly is a case of buy once cry once; you can soften the sting a little by getting it through a reputable second hand dealer.

Very nice work, Matt. Can you ID the last bird? Looks like something maybe in the heron family, but with unusual coloration.

Reddish egrets are plentiful on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast. Quite comical to watch when feeding in the shallows and tide pools. They do quite the dance and use their wings to create shadows on the water to reduce glare to better see fish.

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Re: another vote for the 100-400

rwbaron wrote:

Jerry-astro wrote:

Matt Fulghum wrote:

this truly is a case of buy once cry once; you can soften the sting a little by getting it through a reputable second hand dealer.

Very nice work, Matt. Can you ID the last bird? Looks like something maybe in the heron family, but with unusual coloration.

Reddish egrets are plentiful on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast. Quite comical to watch when feeding in the shallows and tide pools. They do quite the dance and use their wings to create shadows on the water to reduce glare to better see fish.

Thanks for that. Terrific shots. I’m pretty sure that particular species is not to be found in this part of the country and I don’t recall having seen images of it posted here previously.

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Superb series ! +1

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Re: another vote for the 100-400

rwbaron wrote:

Reddish egrets are plentiful on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast. Quite comical to watch when feeding in the shallows and tide pools. They do quite the dance and use their wings to create shadows on the water to reduce glare to better see fish.

rwbaron,

Nice description of the bird. They are very feisty/active when feeding. Here is one taken last month with one of my non-Fuji cameras (*gasp* :-D) that captures use of the wings. I particularly like the shot as it captures the ripple reflection of the sun off of the water, reflected onto the underside of the wings.

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Now you've gone and done it, I'm going to have get the 100-400!  Great shots.

I'm all over it next lens sale...

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jrk wrote:

Now you've gone and done it, I'm going to have get the 100-400! Great shots.

I'm all over it next lens sale...

you knew this was going to happen when you started the post. You can click on my flickr account in my signature. I have an XT-2 album with the 100-400mm picture in them.

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jrk wrote:

Now you've gone and done it, I'm going to have get the 100-400! Great shots.

I'm all over it next lens sale...

LOL..the first two pics of the egret were taken a few weeks ago in Florida with my XT3 and the 55-200. Since then, I've bought the 100-400 and a 1.4x TE. I had to get the 100-400! Cheers.

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Matt Fulghum
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heh, due to my slowness, you've obviously gotten your answer from other sources, but thanks for the shout-out!  These were all from Galveston Island State Park.  I've seen at least three species of Egret, GBHs and LBHs, and a host of raptor species, mostly little guys that eat insects.  FWIW, the Texas gulf coast in april is worth a visit for birding.

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