I have been using the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and Fujinon XF100-400mm lens for almost two months now. Over that time, I shot a few sports events and wild birds and would like to share my thoughts and experiences.
The Fujinon XF100-400mm lens extended my reach when I was covering the FIFA Men’s World Cup Qualifier game and Whistler Cup Skiing Race. My focal length for the previous FIFA game was limited when using my Fujinon XF50-140mm lens with a Fujinon XF1.4x teleconverter attached. With that combo, I was only able to capture shots that took place within my half of the soccer field (I staked out at one end of the field). The soccer players would be too small when the action took place on the other half of the field furthest away from me. This also applied at the skiing race. In order not to disturb the racers, all photographers had to shoot within a designated area that was quite distant from the race course.
I carried one Fujifilm X-Pro2, a Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF100-400mm lens, Fujinon XF50-140mm lens, Fujinon XF10-24mm lens,Fujinon XF1.4x teleconverter, and a monopod in my backpack up to Whistler mountain. Thanks to the lightness and compact size of all my Fujifilm gear, I was able to ski down the black diamond runs to the race course with more ease than before. I was also able to change my shooting position more easily than if I was carrying heavier DSLRs. The weight of the Fujinon XF100-400mm lens (1,375g) is a third of that of the Nikon 400mm f2.8 (4,620g) and half of the weight of the Nikon 200-400mm (3,360g). A big bonus with the X-Pro2, X-T1, and XF100-400mm and XF50-140mm lenses is that they’re all water-resistant, so I don’t have to worry as much when putting them down on the ground.