Introduction

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a really versatile, compact telephoto zoom lens for the corporate’s APS-C X-mount, arguably filling a a lot wanted hole within the firm’s lineup.

The XF 70-300mm presents a 35mm-equivalent focal size vary of 105-450mm after accounting for the APS-C sensor measurement.

Given its far-reaching telephoto, it is well-suited to sports activities and nature photographers. Due to spectacular close-focusing capabilities, it makes for an honest macro lens, too. And that potential to focus up shut additionally means it is better-suited to portraits with blurred backgrounds than you would possibly in any other case count on, given its not-so-fast aperture. Its excessive efficiency, with good sharpness throughout the body, lack of chromatic aberrations, quick autofocus, and really efficient picture stabilization make it a really versatile addition to Fujifilm’s XF lineup.

Accessible from March 2021, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR carries an inventory worth of $799.


Key specs:

  • Focal size: 70-300mm (105-450mm with APS-C crop)
  • Aperture vary: F4.Zero extensive / F5.6 tele – F22
  • Stabilization: Sure, 5.5 stops
  • Climate-sealed: Sure, seals all through
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • Shut focus: 0.83m (32.7″) throughout zoom vary
  • Most magnification: 0.33x tele (0.5x equal for APS-C)
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Hood: Included
  • Weight: 580g (1.29 lb)
  • Optical building: 17 components in 12 teams (1 aspherical, 2 ED components)
ISO 160 | 1/200 sec | F8 | 287mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Though 70-300mm zooms are frequent on many mounts, there are not any direct rivals to the XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 lens on Fujifilm’s X-mount. No third-party has but launched an X-mount zoom to compete with Fujifilm’s personal glass. The closest first-party alternate options, in the meantime, are the XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.Eight R LM OIS and XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

The closest of those alternate options is the XF 55-200mm, and in comparison with that lens, the 70-300mm is a much more engaging possibility. Positive, it is just a bit much less shiny, cannot shoot fairly as extensively, and is round $100 costlier. And it is also a good bit greater, ranging from 15mm (0.6″) longer at wide-angle, and growing to 29mm (1.1″) longer as you zoom in.

However for that, you get full weather-sealing, significantly better macro capabilities, more practical stabilization, a nine-bladed aperture and, in fact, much more telephoto attain. And impressively, all of these further capabilities have been achieved with out including a single gram above the burden of the 55-200mm.

ISO 160 | 1/125 sec | F5 | 248mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

The 100-400mm, in the meantime, is pro-grade, and it reveals. At $1899.95 and 1375g (3lb), price and weight are each 2.Four instances as a lot, and it is also far bigger in each dimension. Its barrel is 19.8mm (0.8″) wider, and even at wide-angle it is a smidgen (5mm; 0.2″) longer than is the 70-300mm when totally prolonged. Zoom in and the 100-400mm grows to 65mm (2.5″) longer than the 70-300mm.

In fact, that measurement, weight and value additionally brings pro-grade picture high quality because of a considerably extra complicated optical design. And the 100-400mm presents fairly a bit extra attain on the telephoto finish of the vary, though the 70-300mm counters that with an additional 30mm on the wide-angle finish.

In comparison with…

Fujifilm XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 Fujifilm XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6

Value (MSRP)

$799 $699 $1899
Equiv. focal size 105-450mm 82.5-300mm 150-600mm
Optical building 17 components, 12 teams 14 components, 10 teams 21 components, 14 teams
Aperture blades 9 7 9
Climate sealed Sure No Sure
Stabilized Sure, 5.5 stops Sure, 4.5 stops Sure, 5 stops
Minimal focus distance 0.83 m (2.72′) 1.10m (3.61′) 1.75m (5.74′)
Max magnification 0.33x (0.5x equiv.) 0.18x (0.27x equiv.) 0.19x (0.29x equiv.)
Diameter x Size
(no hood)
75mm x 133mm (2.95″ x 5.22″) 75mm x 118mm (2.95″ x 4.65″) 94.8mm x 211mm (3.73″ x 8.29″)
Weight 580g (20.5oz) 580g (20.5oz) 1375g (48.5oz)

All photos edited in Adobe Digital camera Uncooked 13 with changes restricted to white steadiness, publicity, highlights, shadows, white and black ranges. Sharpening and noise discount at ACR defaults.


Dealing with

For a lens of this sort, the XF 70-300mm is impressively compact, with a 75mm (2.95″) barrel diameter and a retracted size of simply 133mm (5.2″). As you zoom in, its size will increase by greater than half once more to a most of 206mm (8.1″).

ISO 160 | 1/160 sec | F5.6 | 450mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

It is also good and light-weight, tipping the scales at 580g (1.3lb). That is probably been achieved largely because of liberal use of plastic within the 70-300mm’s design. There isn’t any getting round the truth that it is fairly plasticky, with the majority of its barrel constructed from polycarbonate.

However with that mentioned, the lens mount remains to be constituted of steel and all the pieces feels tightly-assembled, a lot as in Fujifilm’s different XF zoom lenses. And we discovered steadiness to be very good each with the lighter X-S10 and heavier X-T3 our bodies with which we did our testing.

As is typical for a Fujinon XF lens, there are fairly a couple of controls to be discovered on the lens barrel. In addition to handbook focus and zoom rings, there’s additionally an aperture ring which may be overridden with an aperture mode change, for those who’d favor that your digital camera take management of this variable. Dampening of the rings is okay, if a bit of loosey-goosey for our liking.

Moreover, Fujifilm gives each a spotlight limiter change and a zoom lock to stop zoom creep when carrying the digital camera vertically. This latter management can solely be locked on the 70mm wide-angle place.

A pleasant contact is that you simply needn’t fuss with unlocking the zoom when an sudden photograph alternative arises. Merely flip the zoom ring, and the zoom lock will probably be disabled robotically, which may make the distinction between getting that spur-of-the-moment shot or winding up pissed off.

Optical picture stabilization is offered, which is all the time good to see at longer focal lengths like these supplied by the 70-300mm F4-5.6. Fujifilm tells us that the system has a corrective power of 5.5 stops. That is a full cease higher than the system within the 55-200mm, all of the extra spectacular provided that with this lens’ extra highly effective telephoto, it has a more durable job to do within the first place.

In case your digital camera physique helps in-body picture stabilization, it may possibly work in live performance with the lens’ personal stabilization to pool the advantages of each programs. (In-lens stabilization usually corrects for pitch and yaw shifts, working higher at longer focal lengths, whereas in-body stabilization can stabilize on 5 axes, compensating moreover for translation and roll.)

One other worthwhile enchancment over the 70-300mm F4-5.6 is its weather-sealing, which retains out mud and moisture not simply on the lens mount, however at controls and different potential ingress factors all through the barrel. Fujifilm additionally charges this lens as freezeproof all the way down to -10°C (14°F).

Up entrance, you may discover 67mm filter threads. That is a bit of bigger than the 62mm threads on the 55-200mm, however an excellent bit smaller than the 77mm threads on the 100-400mm, which can put filter prices in between the 2.

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ISO 160 | 1/320 sec | F5.6 | 198mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Autofocus and focus respiratory

The Fujifilm XF 70-300mm’s autofocus drive relies round a linear autofocus motor, the identical sort used within the earlier 55-200mm. (The upper-end 100-400mm, in the meantime, makes use of twin linear autofocus motors.)

Efficiency is sweet and snappy, and that is true even for those who do not use the main target limiter to abbreviate the focusing vary. It takes lower than a second for focus to rack from the minimal focus distance to infinity, however for taking pictures extra distant topics, it is price utilizing the main target limiter to restrict the minimal focus distance to five.0m (16.4′) for even higher efficiency.

ISO 160 | 1/60 sec | F8 | 450mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Not like each the 55-200mm and 100-400mm lenses, the Fujifilm XF 70-300mm has fairly astounding close-focusing capabilities. At telephoto, it may possibly present a 35mm-equivalent 1:2 (0.5x) macro replica, which is considerably higher than the 1:3.4-3.7 equivalents (0.27-0.29x) supplied by the opposite two lenses.

That is nice information, as a result of there aren’t a ton of macro lens choices out there in Fujifilm’s X-mount lineup, and it provides tremendously to the flexibility of this lens, letting you turn forwards and backwards between wildlife and flowers with a single optic.

The 70-300mm F4-5.6 can also be very well-suited to video seize. Not solely does it embrace very efficient 5.5-stop picture stabilization, its autofocus drive can also be silent, making certain that AF operation will not disrupt your audio. And also you needn’t fear about focus respiratory, both. There’s just a bit bit on the 70mm wide-angle, and it’s extremely minimal certainly by the 300mm telephoto.

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ISO 160 | 1/160 sec | F5.6 | 298mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Picture high quality

In most respects, the Fujinon 70-300mm presents fairly good picture high quality. There are solely a few weak spots, each of which will probably be of most concern for portrait shooters. Its bokeh suffers from fairly sturdy onion ring and cat’s eye impact, each of which might result in distracting backgrounds if specular highlights are current. Neither ought to be an enormous concern for sports activities and wildlife photographers, although.

Sharpness

At wide-angle and taking pictures with its F4 most aperture, the XF 70-300mm presents very good sharpness within the heart of the body, and solely minor softness within the corners which stays even when that is the place focus was set. There’s solely a bit of little bit of enchancment to be gained within the heart by stopping all the way down to F8, however a bit of bit extra enchancment within the corners.

ISO 160 | 1/160 sec | F8 | 105mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Switching to telephoto, this lens stays good and sharp within the heart at its F5.6 most aperture, once more with solely minor softness within the corners. A lot as at wide-angle, stopping down a bit helps within the corners a bit greater than within the heart.

Sharpness stays good and constant all through the zoom vary. It is excellent information that it stays sturdy all the best way out to 300mm, as that is possible the place you may most need it on a telephoto zoom lens. The minor nook softness we noticed throughout its vary is typical of telephoto zooms of this nature, and will not be a problem for many topics.

The mix of a robust telephoto and shut focusing make it straightforward to get nicely-blurred backgrounds in case your topic is comparatively near the digital camera.
ISO 160 | 1/210 sec | F5.6 | 450mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Bokeh

On condition that it would not have a very quick most aperture, you would possibly count on attaining a skinny depth of subject with this lens can be difficult. Thanks each to its excessive telephoto nature and its potential to focus very intently throughout its complete zoom vary, nevertheless, you’ll be able to really get some properly delicate, blurry backgrounds in case your topic is comparatively near the digital camera.

It additionally presents a really good transition in bokeh from out-of-focus to in-focus areas and again once more. Sadly, bokeh is a little bit of a weak spot for the Fujifilm 70-300mm in a few respects. Portrait shooters particularly will need to select their backgrounds fastidiously, or maybe attain for a unique lens as a substitute.

The Fujifilm 70-300mm is vulnerable to fairly sturdy onion ring impact, which might make its bokeh fairly distracting when out-of-focus specular highlights are current.
ISO 160 | 1/350 sec | F4 | 105mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

The explanations for this are twofold: A reasonably heavy cat’s-eye impact that yields football-shaped (or for non-Individuals, rugby ball-shaped) bokeh in the direction of the corners, and fairly sturdy onion ring impact as effectively.

The cat’s eye may be tremendously minimized by stopping down a bit of bit, however sadly the onion ring cannot be handled so simply. Much less defocused objects, significantly specular highlights, can seem fairly busy as a result of onion rings and patterns. Certainly, typically the 70-300mm’s bokeh has a really wild look to it that may be very distracting.

Close to the corners, bokeh suffers from heavy cat’s eye impact when taking pictures wide-open. Stopping down just a bit improves the scenario considerably, nevertheless. Onion ring impact is seen even in diffuse specular highlights.
Images by Chris Niccolls

The excellent news is that it is most noticeable in sturdy specular highlights, which are not one thing sports activities and wildlife shooters must fear about as a lot. With grandstands within the background, the bokeh ought to look nice. For portraits with blurred-out lights within the distance, or backlit bushes, although, it could look fairly tough.

Flare, ghosting and sunstars

Fortunately, flare and ghosting actually aren’t a problem for this lens. We did not see a lot of both, and a extremely large, fairly efficient lens hood is included with the product bundle to assist maintain the solar off the entrance of the lens.

ISO 6400 | 1/15 sec | F16 | 450mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

And whereas we did not actually count on a lot when it got here to sunstars, in precise reality they turned out to be fairly good!

Lateral and longitudinal chromatic aberration (fringing)

We noticed nearly no longitudinal chromatic aberration with the XF70-300mm. This aberration usually reveals up as magenta and inexperienced fringing in entrance of, and behind, the main target airplane, respectively. It is largely problematic with quick aperture primes, so we weren’t too stunned to seek out that it was a non-issue right here, even in conditions the place one would possibly count on to see this aberration.

Lateral chromatic aberration, which reveals as inexperienced/cyan and purple fringing round excessive distinction edges at picture peripheries, is well-controlled. The tiny bit that’s there’s simply corrected for in post-processing and robotically by the digital camera in JPEGs.

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Teleconverters

Fujifilm presents two elective, weather-sealed teleconverters that can be utilized with the 70-300mm F4-5.6, and we examined the lens with each of them.

The Fujinon XF1.4X TC WR teleconverter takes the telephoto attain to 420mm (630mm-equivalent) with an F8 most aperture. The XF 2X TC WR teleconverter, in the meantime, extends this to 600mm (900mm-equivalent) at a decidedly dim max. aperture of F11.

ISO 160 | 1/1000 sec | F5.6 | 450mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10 with out teleconverter
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Steadiness remains to be good with the 1.4x TC mounted, however with the 2x model, the mixture does begin to really feel a bit front-heavy with lighter our bodies.

Even with the 1.4x TC connected, we nonetheless discovered autofocus efficiency to be fairly snappy, and monitoring continued to work effectively. Utilizing the 2x TC, although, AF does decelerate fairly a bit even in shiny daylight. And whereas AF monitoring nonetheless works with the 2x TC, it is fairly sluggish.

ISO 160 | 1/320 sec | F8 | 630mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10 with 1.4x teleconverter
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

In fact, both TC can be used to extend the lens’ already spectacular macro capabilities. With the 1.4x TC, the 35mm-equivalent macro is 1:1.44 (0.69x), and utilizing the 2x TC it is 1:1 (1.0x)-equivalent.

ISO 160 | 1/100 sec | F11 | 900mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10 with 2x teleconverter
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

As you’d count on, there’s some loss in picture high quality with both teleconverter, though it is comparatively minor with the much less highly effective 1.4x TC. With the 2x TC, there is a very noticeable drop in sharpness, whereas chromatic aberrations are considerably magnified. Coloration fringing can stay even after corrections with this mixture, as you’ll be able to see within the instance beneath. If you would like higher sharpness and a wider aperture, and you may justify its added price, we would advocate contemplating the XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens as a substitute.

If portability is your highest precedence, nevertheless, the 1.4x TC and 70-300mm lens collectively will prevent a worthwhile 665g (1.5lb) over the 100-400mm whereas simply barely besting its telephoto attain. The mix will even be 63mm shorter with the lens retracted, and can retain the 70-300mm’s 19.8mm (0.8″) benefit over the 100-400mm in barrel diameter.

Even the bigger, heavier and extra highly effective 2x TC will nonetheless prevent 625g (1.4lb) in weight and 48mm (1.9″) in size with out growing the barrel diameter of the 70-300mm lens. And with listing costs of $450 apiece for both TC, you may purchase each together with the 70-300mm lens and nonetheless save $200 over the price of the 100-400mm lens alone.

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Conclusion

What we like What we do not
  • Nice versatility and good construct high quality
  • Climate-sealed and well-stabilized
  • Compact and light-weight for its sort
  • Aperture ring is sweet to have
  • Zoom lock disables robotically
  • Good, constant sharpness
  • Ghosting is not a problem, and fairly good sunstars too
  • Swift, silent autofocus and minimal respiratory
  • Surprisingly good macro efficiency
  • Pairs properly with elective 1.4x teleconverter
  • Feels fairly plasticky
  • Focus and zoom rings are a bit ‘loosey-goosey’
  • Sturdy onion rings could make bokeh somewhat busy
  • Vital cat’s eye close to the corners if taking pictures wide-open
  • AF and monitoring decelerate noticeably when utilizing elective 2x teleconverter
  • Vital chromatic aberrations when utilizing elective 2x teleconverter

In most respects, the Fujifilm XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 turns in a terrific efficiency given its compact, light-weight design and fairly reasonably priced pricetag. And it’ll show doubly engaging to Fujifilm X-mount shooters given the paucity of compelling alternate options, both from third events or Fujifilm itself.

Though it does really feel a bit plasticky in-hand, it is nonetheless fairly well-constructed, and it is simple to miss the usage of plastic given the numerous weight saving it permits. Fujifilm has additionally executed fairly effectively on the management entrance, save for the overly-loose focus and zoom rings. We actually admire the inclusion of a devoted aperture ring, and the self-disabling zoom lock is a very nice contact.

In most respects, picture high quality additionally satisfies, particularly for topics like sports activities and wildlife. And because of its swift autofocus drive, it ought to deal with each with aplomb. It is also a surprisingly succesful macro lens, which provides to its versatility and helps tackle a weak point of Fujifilm’s X-mount lineup. What’s extra, very efficient picture stabilization assist X-mount shooters, significantly these taking pictures with stabilized sensors, obtain higher picture high quality throughout the big selection of use-cases this lens is predicted to come across. And it is also fairly well-suited to video seize.

ISO 400 | 1/200 sec | F4 | 105mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

Our greatest considerations with the 70-300mm are its bokeh points, each with onion ring and cat’s eye. These will probably be most troubling for portraits shot towards a backdrop of sturdy specular highlights, however may result in unnecessarily distracting bokeh in a wide range of conditions. They should not pose a lot drawback for sports activities and nature shooters, nevertheless.

Given its strengths in most respects, and the comparatively small step upwards in worth, the 70-300mm has successfully changed Fujifilm’s earlier 55-200mm for many functions. We will see little purpose to buy that lens now, until it is supplied at a big low cost.

ISO 160 | 1/200 sec | F6.4 | 450mm equiv. | Fujifilm X-S10
Photograph by Chris Niccolls

And that leaves just one actual various: Fujifilm’s pro-grade 100-400mm. Given its a lot better measurement, weight and value, that lens will merely be overkill for many X-mount shooters.

Should you’re anticipating to shoot plenty of portraits and want the very best bokeh, the 100-400mm is definitely a worthwhile improve. And that is additionally true for those who want its stronger telephoto, however cannot make do with the downsides of utilizing a teleconverter.

However for many functions, Fujifilm’s 70-300mm is now your greatest wager for an X-mount tele zoom. You would possibly say that this purpose alone is sufficient to garner the XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 LM WR OIS WR our Silver Award, however that will be promoting it quick. Apart from crucial bokeh evaluation, its optical and autofocus efficiency are wonderful, so for those who’re an X-mount shooter trying for lots of attain, you have got little purpose to look elsewhere.


DPReview TV overview

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Remaining-production lens with Fujifilm X-S10

Pre-production lens with Fujifilm X-T3 and X-S10

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