Fuji X2 converter.
Several of you may have read my previous blogs with regards to my experience using the incredible Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 lens and then my excitement when I bought the Fuji 1.4 tele converter.
(View here) I do explain that I bought the Fuji lens (after testing several other zoom lenses) because of a particular Wedding I have the privilege of photographing (the official wedding photographer) in the next couple of months. I have been for many years a massive fan of Prime lenses but because of this wedding and the size of the church, a zoom lens was on the needs list.
You can view my first tests using the zoom lens and then after attaching the 1.4 telephoto converter in another blog (here)
Anyway to cut to the chase as it were, I was so loving using the zoom lens with the 1.4 converter and my increased passion for capturing wildlife, I decided I wanted the Fuji X2 converter.
Now I did do some research and apparently the X2 converter is the best option for the 50-140mm lens however not so good for the 100-400mm, just check out a few reviews to understand the reasons.
I have added the details for the X2 converter below for those who wish to read but if you, like me, prefer to see what this piece of kit can do, skip the technical stuff and check out my images.
FUJINON XF2X TC WR Teleconverter
High-performance weather and dust resistant teleconverter with excellent optical design to be added to the X-Series interchangeable lens line-up in June
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce that the new FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF2X TC WR, a teleconverter extending the telephoto area of some X Mount lenses*1, will be added to the mirrorless digital camera X-Series interchangeable lens line-up in June 2016.
The FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF2X TC WR is a high-performance teleconverter, capable of multiplying the focal length of mounted lenses*1 by two. It features excellent optical design with a construction of 9 elements in 5 groups to maintain the optical performance of the original lens.
In addition, thanks to the unified design when mounted to a compatible lens*1, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10°C. This makes it possible to be used with confidence outdoors when used with the weather and dust-resistant X-T1 and X-Pro2 camera bodies, and the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lenses.
*1 Compatible lens (As of May 19, 2016)
XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR = 100-280mmF5.6 with teleconverter mounted (Equivalent to 152-427mm on a 35mm format)
XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR = 200-800mmF9-11 with teleconverter mounted (Equivalent to 305-1,219mm on a 35mm format)
1. Main Features
(1) High image quality design which maintains the optical performance of the original lens
Construction of 9 elements in 5 groups maintains the optical performance of the original lens.
By using the optimal image quality parameters for the overall characteristics of the original lens and 2x teleconverter, excellent imaging performance with great aberration suppression is still achieved.
The aperture becomes two f-stops higher when the teleconverter is mounted, and the camera displays and records information reflecting the change in aperture and focal length.
(2) Autofocus performance
Phase detection AF is still available when using the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR with the 2x teleconverter mounted.
Contrast Detection AF is still available when using the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with the 2x teleconverter mounted.
Accurate focusing at super-telephoto focal lengths with shallow depth of field is possible thanks to the AF performed by the image sensor, thanks to the ‘Live View’ feature on the cameras.
(3) The optical image stabilization performance
The camera’s optical image stabilization performance*2 is unaffected by the addition of the teleconverter
*2CIPA guidelines, at telephoto end.
(4) Weather and dust-resistant and -10°C low-temperature operation
Using the teleconverter with a weather-resistant camera, such as the FUJIFILM X-T1 or X-Pro2 mirrorless digital camera and the FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR or FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens does not affect the weather resistance of the system.
(5) High-grade subtle appearance
The teleconverter’s high grade metal exterior has been designed with the X system in mind. When attached to a compatible FUJINON lens, the two products appear as one single lens.
I would just like to say to all you fabulous wildlife photographers, "it's new to me, so be kind" my professional side of photography is as a wedding photographer, portrait and landscape, please don't expect lions on the Serengeti! I have to say, I have always had the greatest respect for wildlife photographers however after beginning this new journey (Wildlife Photography) my respect has increased a thousandfold.
It's not as easy as looking for an animal and taking the photo, the patience of these guys is incredible, waiting and waiting and more waiting for that perfect opportunity.
To give you a little more info with the regards to my experience using this converter, everything still works the same with the camera, so that's fantastic, the focus does tend to struggle a little at times, a few times I had to set the focus to manual, however I am beginning to understand the basics with regards to naturist photography, I'm pretty sure, it's down to finding a quite spot where the action is possibly going to happen, set the focus and exposure to manual, then you are ready to fire the shutter!
All the photographs through this blog were taken at f5.6 1/2000 ISO 640, this worked great as the lighting was pretty constant.
I have noticed since using the X2 converter, the RAW images do tend to look slightly flat but with a few editing touches, overall I'm very pleased.
All the images were taken near Glastonbury, a fantastic Ham Hill - The Ham Wall National Nature Reserve, 4 kilometres west of Glastonbury, on the Somerset Levels in the valley of the River Brue in Somerset, England is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Wikipedia
Address: Ashcott Rd, Ashcott, Glastonbury BA6 9SX
It's absolutely beautiful, and I will definitely be returning, I do hope you enjoy this article, but as always these blogs are my way of diarizing my journey with photography.
"Photography is a journey; take it with Fuji" Michael Gane - thefxworks