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Is Fuji X-T2 and XF 100-400mm Ready for Bird Photography?

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#1 thxbb12


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:28 AM

This photographer seems quite happy about the combo:




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#2 obican


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:55 AM

Can you do it with that combo? Yes.


Is it the best way to do it? Probably not.


Haven't used that combo exclusively but I've used both a X-T2 and a 100-400. I believe a Canon 7Dm2 with their excellent 100-400 will be a much better choice as it'll focus faster and more accurately on moving subjects. I was never really impressed with X-T2's continious autofocus but maybe I've been doing something wrong. 


Also, that Canon combo costs probably the same brand new and you can save some money buy buying a used body. 


If I were into birding, I'd seriously look into a Canon or Nikon first. 100-400 is a fine lens but it's more of a choice for you if you are already deep into Fuji X system. I don't think it'd be worth to switch to Fuji for that lens alone as pretty much every manufacturer offers something that is a better option in many ways.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:35 PM

The last firmware update did improve things a lot, yet not perfect. But as I expressed in the PL thread, the manual focus issue with the lens amongst other little bits is annoying and keeps the keeper rate below what I usually get with a DSLR.


But it brought up an idea in me: To get me a 100-400 Tamron or Sigma, latest generation, for my Nikon. I already had surprisingly good results with a borrowed Sigma and I wonder which will be the better package? For the 100-400 I've easier space in my bag than for the 150-600. And it's lighter, too.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:49 PM

The Canon 100-400 ii really does look superb in the tear down and testing done by Roger at lens rentals:




I like Fuji cameras, however this canon lens is just in another league. 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:37 PM

I tried birds photography several times, some birds like seagulls are quite easy since they hover over your head and pass several times, for those even manual focus is easy, other birds are more challenging since all the time they give can be as little as 2-3 seconds.

Shooting seagulls with 7Dmkii is very easy, tracking works like a charm and is not fooled by some obstacles or even other birds passing by, however for other birds like European robins we have here that barely give you a second before disappearing between the branches of the trees, I barely have time framing, although I had some few acceptable shots, for those even with good tracking I hardly see a mirrorless camera cope with such speed.

There are some blue small birds I spot from time to time on the beach here, they are so quick I never managed framing one, let along shooting it

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:14 PM

fredmiranda and dpreview has threads on this topic. My take from the threads is that tracking isn't that great but people with good technique get ok results.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:46 PM

Some more:
https://www.camerala...m-xt2-review/2/  scroll down


Seems to be darn good for birds in flight, but not the very best

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:07 AM

     I was surprised by how well it did tracking birds ( if the keeper rate is reasonable).....


                                                     .....he even got a few BIF shots with the tele-converter.


    If you want to walk around with one of the best looking shooting combinations this could be the one!


    But for me it's all about infrastructure........and really only Nikon and Canon have that!





     Here's one that I took earlier.........Cetti's Warbler...(apparently rarely seen close up)

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 02:26 PM

Yesterday I ordered the Tamron 100-400.

First, because Dustin Abbott found it's AF performance more consistent than the Sigma (but I also read the opposite)

Second, because there's an option for the tripod collar (not possible on Sigma)

Third, because I like the features (not necessarily the performance) of the Tamron G2 150-600.


Next think to do is a comparison with the Fujinon  ^_^

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