This, to my mind, is a watershed moment in Fujifilm's lens release history. Why? Because Fujifilm has now demonstrated its ability to build a truly premium telephoto lens - enter the FUJINON XF200mm F2 R LM OIS WR (at this point I really wanted to say 'Enter the Dragon' because this lens is taking Fujifilm into the premium telephoto arena, where I'm sure it will go about its business - Bruce Lee style)!
Fujifilm has come a long way since I first got my hands on the X-E1 mirrorless camera, a camera that produced sublime images, but had its limits, such as a sluggish auto focus. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, in a remarkably short time, becoming the choice of many photographers (including myself).
Traditionally professionals were either using Canon, or Nikon and those who began to stray towards other makes were considered to be in the minority as other manufacturers just didn't have the range of equipment necessary, and it was often assumed to be slightly inferior.
Fujifilm, to my mind, has proven themselves not only able to produce cameras that are suitable for professional use but they stand out from the competition in the way they continually update camera firmware to further enhance performance and bring totally new features to each model. For example I currently use two X-T2 cameras with battery grips, they are different now from when they were new, and it's all down to a philosophy centered upon continual improvement known as - 'Kaizen'.
In full frame equivalence terms, the lens is effectively an incredible 300mm F2, and with the converter attached it will get you 420mm at F2.8. The price is £5300 in the UK including the converter, this is nearly 4 times the cost of my superb 50-140mm F2.8, and whilst it is very expensive, I suspect the image quality will be truly stunning, with a buttery smooth bokeh and a clarity that sets a new standard in wide aperture, telephoto lens image quality.
Later this year the X-T3 camera is released and to my mind it's no coincidence that these two are arriving in a similar time frame. I strongly suspect that the X-T3 will be a great sport photographers camera. The X-T2 already works well for sport, the AF is fast and focus tracking is very good but the 11 fps (with battery grip) soon fills the buffer when shooting RAW files. I suspect some new beefier electronics will be in the X-T3 and if rumours are correct then it may have a stacked sensor to massively speed up data transfer times. Putting all this together makes for a lens/camera combo that's the equivalent of 2 superheroes joining forces to form a formidable crime fighting duo! These two will spark plenty of interest and I'm looking forwards to seeing just how well they perform.
Fujifilm has just a few image sample images at the moment and they can be seen by clicking here.