When I look back at my journey as a wildlife photographer especially as I scroll through my images on my editing screen a few things become apparent, firstly most of my pictures were either action or close up portrait and secondly the editing was awful.
I have been a wildlife photographer for ten years and have used Fujifilm X series cameras for the last five. When Fujifilm launched the medium format GFX system, I was intrigued if I could use this system in my wildlife work. I have had to wait a while as I needed a lens with a bit more reach than GF 120mm. When Fujifilm released the GF 250mm, I could not wait to test it out, but I needed a project closer to home.
Award winning wildlife photographer and Fujifilm X-Photographer, Peter Delaney took the new Fujinon XF200mmF2 on safari. It proved to be an instant classic.
I had an early start on the road at 5 am.
It was a 6-hour drive to the private game reserve. My excitement levels were off the charts. Not just because I was off on Safari but mostly because of the black square box with the Fujifilm logo on the back seat of my 4x4. The previous night at the launch of the Fujifilm X-H1 in Johannesburg. I had bought the X-H1.
On a recent photographic trip to Greenland. FujiFilm Switzerland loaned me the FujiFilm XT-1 and 3 lenses; XF 16-55mm/2.8; XF 50-140mm/2.8; XF 10-24mm/4.0. I was keen to test FujiFilm’s camera and lenses in the harsh Arctic conditions.
After already receiving the latest Fujifilm X-T2 in May this year, Fujifilm X-Photographer Peter Delaney has had ample opportunity to test out this new flagship, also taking it to Etosha in Namibia to shoot wildlife. We chatted to him about the camera at a recent launch event in the Pilansberg National Park. Click on the Soundcloud link below for the full interview.
"This short Fuji XF 50-140mm review are my observations and feelings of using the lens in the field. And I will answer the important questions that working photographers want answered aboutFuji XF50-140mm" - Peter Delaney
Without further ado...
- Weight (40% less than my old 70-200) and gives a solid feel in the hand.
- Aperture ring made of metal and wide rubber grip good torque and click movement.
- The lens is weather sealed. I tested it by the sea, in the rain, and hailstones and I can confidently report it does as it says.
Down to the nitty gritty, is the lens sharp?
Yes Yes and Yes… I found the optics as one would expect from one of the worlds prime optic manufactures to be sharp from F2.8 to F22 with no visible vignettingor distortion. I am so impressed by the XF 50-140mm sharpness and contrast, truly impressive.
I tried out Fuji XF50-140mm lens with my Fuji XT-1 on Surfers at a stormy Victoria Bay on South Africa’s Garden Route.
Now I predominately photograph African Wildlife but from time to time I love to photograph surfers in action.
On this particular day I wanted to test the Fuji XT-1 Continuous tracking Focus with Fuji XF50-140mm lens.
Now there has been lots of comments about FujiFilms Auto Focusing and Tracking system. Personally I have no issue with it. I found it responsive and never felt I would never miss any action. Using a fast SD card is a must as this will limit the buffer time.
I love shooting this lens wide open @ F2.8 the images were tack sharp good contrast and nice bokeh.
As with any camera gear it is important to have good technique and be aware of pros and cons of your equipment. This way you will get the best photographs possible.
I really enjoyed using this lens and with FujiFilm updating the Auto Focusing in June it is an exciting time to be a Fuji owner.
I am looking forward to the "Big Zoom” coming soon. I am sure it will be as good as the Fuji XF50-140mm.