The Big Kahuna

  A Tiny Anna's Hummingbird (Female)

A Tiny Anna's Hummingbird (Female)

My new lens arrived today. It’s already been dubbed, “The Big Kahuna”; this thing is huge. Last year I moved from a DLSR to a mirrorless system (shooting mostly small primes), and now, to see a pro-level telephoto zoom up close is an eye opener to say the least (I think my eyes bugged out when I opened the box). Mind you, at around 3 lbs., the Fujinon XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is relatively light for its class, but it still made my arm tired after 30 minutes.

So what about the performance? So far, so amazing. Tack sharp, contrasty, and the colors are superb on the X-Pro2 body. But the best thing is the reach, which goes on and on and on (and on...). In front of a Fuji APS-C X-Trans sensor, the zoom range is approximately 150mm-600mm. Compare that to the 135mm equivalent I’ve been using up until today, and you can imagine that it’s a game changer.

Regarding the photo up top, I included it to illustrate what this lens can do. That tiny, tiny hummingbird was in my next door neighbor's backyard, high up in a tree. All I can say is, "Wow", and "Watch out little birds, I’m coming to get you!"