Reviews |Fujifilm Fujinon XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR hands on

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR hands on Review

Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR review
Review

Price when reviewed

£1899

$1999

Our Verdict

It might take photographers a little time to come to terms with the maximum aperture of the Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR at its longest point, but it brings the convince of an 229-919mm lens without the need to use a teleconverter. It might not be the ideal choice of optics for shooting motorsport in the depths of winter, but it could e a superb lens for wildlife photography during the brighter months of the year.

For

  • Attractive focal length range for wildlife photography
  • Internal zoom and focusing
  • Weatherproof

Against

  • Maximum aperture f/8 at the 600mm end

What is the Fujifilm XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR?

The Fujifilm XF 150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR is a super-telephoto lens designed for use on Fujifilm X-Series camera like the new Fujifilm X-H2S and the existing Fujifilm X-T4. As these cameras have APS-C format sensor, the XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR has an effective focal length of 229-919mm on them, making it very attractive for wildlife photography.

Specification

  • Product type: Telephoto zoom lens
  • Mount: Fujifilm X
  • Focal length: 150-600mm
  • Effective focal length: 229-914mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/5.6-f/8
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Construction: 24 elements in 17 groups (3 ED elements and 4 super ED elements)
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Minimum focus distance (from focal plane): 2.4m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.24x
  • Stabilisation: Yes
  • Filter size: 82mm
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): 99mm x 314.5mm
  • Weight: 1,605g without the lens foot or caps
Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR review

Features

Fujifilm constructs the lens from 24 elements arranged in 17 groups including 3 ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and 4 Super ED elements. The special elements are deigned to deliver edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range.

Fujifilm outlines the technology within its lenses with the letters included in its name. That means that the XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR has an aperture ring (R), linear motor focusing (LM), image stabilisation (OIS) and is weather-sealed (WR).

The linear motor is design to deliver fast, silent focusing and in this case it’s claimed to get subjects sharp in as little as 0.15sec. The focusing is also internal so that the lens doesn’t change length nor the front element rotate during focusing. But that’s not all, the zoom is internal too so it also doesn’t change length when you zoom from one end of the focal length range to the other.

Fujifilm is claiming a 5-stop shutter speed compensation for the stabilisation system when the lens is at the 600mm (919mm) end. That should mean it’s possible to shoot at around 1/15sec and get sharp images. As the range of compensation movement is greater with a lens when you’re dealing with long telephoto optics, Fujifilm cameras with in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) will prioritise using the lens’s stabilisation when it’s mounted.

Another thing made plain by the lens’ name is the maximum aperture range, f/5.6 at the 150mm point and f/8 at the 600mm end. A maximum aperture of f/8 will raise a few eyebrows but that’s the same as the XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with a 1.4x teleconverter which boost the effective focal length from 560mm to 853mm. And let’s not forget that Canon has the RF 600mm F11 IS STM and RF 800mm F11 IS STM which are designed for its full-frame mirrorless camera like the Canon EOS R5 and R6.

It’s great to see that Fujifilm has made the tripod foot, that’s mounted on the integrated lens collar, Arca-Swiss compatible. That means you can mount the lens directly in an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod hood without the need for a release plate.

Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR review

Build and handling

At 99mm in diameter and 314.5mm long, the Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR is a big lens, but it still seems quite compact for a 150-600mm optic, and the fact that it doesn’t extend at all is a major bonus. It means that you don’t have to adjust how you hold the camera or compensate for the change in balance.

It also weighs 1605g, which isn’t to be sniffed at, but it’s 325g lighter than the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C which though designed for use on full-frame cameras, is a popular voice for use on APS-C format models.

Fujifilm has positioned the broad focusing ring around the middle of the lens, which is the perfect point for supporting it with your left hand, so it’s easy to zoom in or out quickly. The aperture ring is immediately next to the zoom ring, but closer to the camera mount while the focus ring sits further forward and within reach of your fingers and thumb as you support the lens at the zoom ring.

Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR review

There are three switches on the left side of the lens as you hold it on the camera. At the top there’s a focus limiter with two options, full or 5m to infinity. The latter is likely to be useful when shooting through foliage. Bencher that is a switch to to set the aperture ring to select aperture values or for it to be set automatically by the camera.

There’s also an AF lock switch with three settings, AF-L, Preset and AF, and a few customisable buttons dotted around the lens.

Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR review

Performance

As yet its a bit too early to have a meaningful discussion about the performance of the Fujifilm XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR, however after mounting it briefly on the new Fujifilm X-H2S, I can say that it’s capable of focusing very quickly.

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