Any recommendations for 300 or 400mm lens for Fuji X?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by pniev, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    Does anyone have experience with 300mm and/or 400mm lenses? I can get a Nikon 300mm 4.5 ED-IF but I am not sure yet how it performs.
    Thanks, Peter
     
  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Peter, if you are considering legacy lenses the only one I have tried is the Olympus 200mm f4 which is of course 300mm equivalent. I shot my step daughter's graduation with it - and shortly thereafter invested in the Fuji 55-200...

    Here's an example shot with this lens: 26407871.e72b014c.1024.
    Christina Graduation Sept 2013 X-E1 19 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    I'm not saying the results were bad, and it is a very compact and hand-holdable lens - but focussing is not easy on long-throw teles.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Luke
    I wish Fuji made a 100-300. A 300mm prime and a 1.4 and 1.7 tele-extender would also be dope.
     
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  4. markitos

    markitos FujiXspot Regular

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    Mark
    You know they have a super-tele zoom on their lens roadmap for 2014, right? Your wish will probably be answered by the end of this year or early next, if Fujis plans bear out.
     
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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I'm with luke for a 1.4 teleconverter - I always had one for my Nikons - most useful.
     
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  6. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    A teleconverter + 55-200 would be a good start. But a 300 or 400mm with TC even better.
    Unfortunately the supertrlezoom is scheduled for 2016 according to the new lens map.. Too far away for trips planned..
     
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  7. markitos

    markitos FujiXspot Regular

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    Mark
    I don't know which official Fuji roadmap you're looking at, but the one I'm looking at shows the super telezoom right on the line between 2014/15. Not sure where you get 2016 from.
     
  8. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    You might be 100% right! My interpretation was that the vertical lines represent years. So 56mm and 10-24 this year, other lenses in 2015, and super tele early 2016. That would mean that year headings are misaligned.
    If the line in the middle represents half-year, the supertele will be launched early 2015. This is probably the right interpretation because there is a rumor that the 18-135 will be announced soon. pff. A relief!

     
  9. Luke

    Luke FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I can't even plan on what I'm having for dinner tonight. I certainly can't plan on what lens to buy in 2015.
     
  10. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    You must be a happy man ;-)

    But I have to do some planning. We want to visit the Galapagos islands and if you don't book that one year in advance, you're too late. Trip in March 2015. Lens before that date.


     
  11. Luke

    Luke FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    you are definitely going to want a nice long lens for birding there. I'm jealous....enjoy your trip.

    I think I may have some pasta a nice salad of mixed greens tonight.....I'll decide after lunch ;)
     
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  12. cwolffensperger

    cwolffensperger FujiXspot Regular

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    Chris Wolffensperger
    I've got a Nikon 70-200 2.8 which I can use on my x-e1, but as stated earlier, focussing is really difficult, as well as hand held shooting at 200mm (which is 300 on the fuji). Image stabilization doesn't work when on the fuji of course, so it makes it a bit more difficult...

    So if you really need the range while going to the Galapagos (and I think you do want to have it there), maybe the 55-200 is a good investment. And it weighs a lot less than the Nikon ;-)!
     
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  13. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    Thank you for your thoughts. I am looking for a longer lens. 200mm is a bit too short. Wrt to the nikon 70-200. I had an old 70-210 that I kept when I sold my nikon gear (incl 70-200) because it wasn't worth anything. Surprisingly the 70-210 performed very well with the D800E ( during a testdrive). So I tried it with the fuji and I did not like the results at all. And as you say, focusing is difficult at the longer end. I may have done something wrong but every shot was oof.

     
  14. AlbertInFrance

    AlbertInFrance FujiXspot Regular

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    There is a thread on DPR -- First real world results with the Nikkor 300mm 4.5 EDIF

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3610164

    I use a cheap (50€!) Sigma 70-300 zoom that gives me good enough results for my purposes. It's versatile, lightweight and fun, but presumably not as sharp as a 300mm Nikkor prime. :confused:

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  15. juangrande

    juangrande FujiXspot Regular

    From trying a few with an OMD-EM5, the Canon 300 f4 L FD and Nikon 300 f4 AF ED were the best of the smaller legacies ( I don't know about Zeiss). I preferred the Canon for it's focussing ring and the Nikon has exposed aperture blades. The OMD had IBIS which was a huge boon. I've seen good results with the Tokina 300 2.8, but it's larger. The Canon and Nikon can be had for around $400, give or take. Make sure they have their tripod rings and maybe bring a monopod.
     
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  16. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    Thanks for the advice and link! The Sigma looks good. The Nikon 4.5 as well. I probably opt for Nikon because I already have a nikon mount adapter. Probably I will choose between the Nikon 300mm F4 and the F4.5 AI-S IF-ED. The F4 lens is a bit sharper. The 4.5 is lighter. They are both affordable compared to the latest 300mm F4 AF-S.
     
  17. AlbertInFrance

    AlbertInFrance FujiXspot Regular

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    Both my Sigma zooms are Nikon mount, if that's any help. However, if sharpness is your primary aim then Nikon glass will almost certainly deliver what you want.
     
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