Long Lens Dilemma – And The Winner Is?

As I have been out and about with my new Fuji Kit, unlike with my previous era of photography, I find myself in need of a long lens.

Historically I was more of a wide angle or macro shooter, but this time it appears I am more of a long lens user.

I have had several shots present themself to me, or are still in the pipeline, that need the use of a longer lens – something capable of more than 100 mm in focal length.

As with most camera and lens manufacturers – Fuji provide more than the one option:

The 50-140 f.28 LM OIS WR.

Whilst this carries on from my current 16-55 f.28 lens, but offering longer focal lengths, it stops at the 200mm (35mm equivalent) – and I’m finding I have shots in mind that require longer focal lengths.

Even with a 1.4 converter, it would still restrict me to the 300mm (35 mm equivalent) length.

It comes with image stabilisation & is weather resistant – which is a necessary feature for outdoors photography.

It is the cheapest of the 2 lenses on offer for my needs.

or

The 100-400 f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

This lens will give me a focal length of up to 600mm (35mm equivalent) at the long end.

But it would mean I would leave me with a gap in my focal length of the 70mm-140mm (35mm equivalent).

Whilst it is the more expensive of the 2 lenses, it certainly gives value in what is provided for the extra outlay.

Then there is the issue that this is the one lens I never got to purchase during my Canon days, despite having a need for such a lens.

 

Both lens can be hand held, but work best off a tripod due to the extra weight created from their size.

If money were not an option, I would of course get both lenses, but money IS an option, so some research clearly needed.

After much research, and consideration, I have decided on the 100-400 f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. The reason being simple, in the end. I NEED that extra focal length for many more shots than I need the constant f2.8 aperture.

Following an evening shooting the sunset at Felixstowe, even Mrs B commented that certain pictures would have been better if I had been able to ‘zoom’ in closer to the subject, and in each of those shots, the ‘zoom’ needed to be nearer the 400mm end than the 140mm end.

The shot to the left being a prime example.

There was another option here with a longer lens to get close up to the cranes and boat, all lit up for night working mode.

The 50-140 would’ve been at its most stretched to frame the shot as suggested and wanted. Even then, there would have been no capacity to crop. Expect shoot test results in a future blog.

 

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