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Stephen Scharf

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My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« on: December 05, 2018, 02:44:48 PM »

Hi gang, just a quick note that my review of the fab Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 for motor racing is live at FujiRumors. Many thanks to FujiRumors editor Patrick DiVino for publishing it in its entirety and to Fujifilm North America for the short-term loan of the X-T3 and XF200mm f/2.0 for this test.

This review was based on AF performance testing conducted for Fujifilm NA between the X-T3 and X-H1 for motorsports.

Review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0

Cheers,
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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 04:06:26 PM »

Great review that made me jealous as I thought about using one for horse racing and high school football......

If only the Christmas fairy dropped one off at my house.... 

 ;D

 $6K is a LOT of money for me to spend on a lens especially since I'm not a pro.  ;)
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Ron

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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 05:53:40 PM »

Thanks, Ron. It is a fabulous lens, and right now it is on a discount by Fujifilm for $1000 off. I know that $5000 is a still a lot of money for a lens, but for this lens, it is an incredible price. I've owned and shot extensively (13 years) with the Canon 300mm f/2.8 and 500/4 (the latter for MotoGP), and also shot with the legendary Canon 200mm f/1.8, and the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is better than all of them. The advantages of the latest in lens R&D, tech and manufacturing, I would presume.

For me, as I now only have two professional races to cover at Sonoma Raceway (they lost the Indy Car Series to Laguna Seca starting next year), I will just rent it.

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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 01:59:00 PM »

Stephen,

There is indeed $1000 off at the present.  That brings the lens down to $5999, which I think of as $6000 dollars.   ;D
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Ron

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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2018, 03:37:15 AM »

Stephen,

There is indeed $1000 off at the present.  That brings the lens down to $5999, which I think of as $6000 dollars.   ;D

The regular MSRP is $5999.95. There is a special promo at B&H presently for $4999.95

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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2018, 05:15:28 PM »

Ahhhhhhh...... I didn’t see that a promo code was required.  I did look for the lens at B&H though.

Doesn’t matter.  An X-T3 is a higher priority for me and $5K would bust my piggy bank. I love my X-T2 but some of the new features in the X-T3 are tough to resist.
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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2018, 02:08:35 PM »

Ahhhhhhh...... I didn’t see that a promo code was required.  I did look for the lens at B&H though.

Doesn’t matter.  An X-T3 is a higher priority for me and $5K would bust my piggy bank. I love my X-T2 but some of the new features in the X-T3 are tough to resist.

Having shot extensively with the X-T3 alongside my X-H1 (over 6000 frames/each), for my applications, which is primarily motorsports photojournalism, I don't see any reason for me to get an X-T3. I did extensive (>12000 frames for both cameras) AF performance testing between the X-T3 and X-H1 shooting for motorsports for Fujifim NA, using XF200 as the reference lens.

I then did an extensive & thorough statistical analysis using 2-proportion tests generating Z-scores and p-values, and on the whole for the six different scenarios I tested the cameras for using continuous, high-speed AF performance, there was virtually NO difference with any statistical significance between the X-H1 and X-T3, whatsoever.

The X-T3 has got some great video features, but having shot with my X-T2, X-H1 and X-T3, of the three, I prefer the X-H1. Its performance for my applications is identical, and it has a better body, grip, shutter, back-button AF button, and controls interface for my applications than the X-T2 or X-T3. It also has, in my experience, more accurate metering and an image quality than I consistently prefer to the X-T2 or X-T3.

An X-H2, though, I would be quite interested in...;)
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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 07:30:20 PM »

Stephen,  I can't argue with your logic. 

I just don't see the $200 value, for me, for the IBIS in the X-H1.  Don't get me wrong, it would be nice in some situations but that's not an overwhelming use case for me.  The ergonomics you mention for the X-H1 are appealing.  With the X-H2 apparently off into the 2020 timeframe, the X-T3 still looks like a good buy for me.  I no longer shoot triathlons or cycling events but I do shoot some HS football and horse racing as a second shooter for a friend mostly using my 100-400.  The X-T3 AF improvements over my X-T2 will likely be a boon for those events.  These days a lot of my photography is more oriented to landscape and small town walkabouts in the Blue Ridge. 

Its  astounding thing to me that Fuji has two great APS-C rigs.  I can't get much better than that.
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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2018, 07:35:58 PM »

Stephen,  I can't argue with your logic. 

I just don't see the $200 value, for me, for the IBIS in the X-H1.  Don't get me wrong, it would be nice in some situations but that's not an overwhelming use case for me.  The ergonomics you mention for the X-H1 are appealing.  With the X-H2 apparently off into the 2020 timeframe, the X-T3 still looks like a good buy for me.  I no longer shoot triathlons or cycling events but I do shoot some HS football and horse racing as a second shooter for a friend mostly using my 100-400.  The X-T3 AF improvements over my X-T2 will likely be a boon for those events.  These days a lot of my photography is more oriented to landscape and small town walkabouts in the Blue Ridge. 

Its  astounding thing to me that Fuji has two great APS-C rigs.  I can't get much better than that.

Hi Ron,
I can't argue with that!  ;)  And, I didn't buy the X-H1 for IBIS, I bought it because I really liked the design, controls, body, grip, top panel display, shutter button and shutter mech in particular, back button for AF size, shape and position, and the outright ruggedness, durability of the body and, if my theory is correct, the optical tolerances that the X-H1 is manufactured to.

And then I discovered the image quality, which I think is really quite something...



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Re: My review of the Fujinon XF200mm f/2.0 is live...
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2018, 08:15:28 PM »

if the camera is set to C and A on the lens and the ISO is set to A how does it preform thru the viewfinder (either H-X1 or the XT-3 as compared to the X=Pro2.


I usually shoot all M but I have recently tried the Auto ISO with Exp Comp set to C and the EVF is not quite crisp or quickly responsive should I say. I have the Arcos simulation on so I see the images in B&W (similar to how I shot with my M240) for years. But the B&W acts funny in contrasty situations I might have to go back to color. Especially for focus peaking its almost impossible to see the red or blue focus areas in low light with the B&W simulation.


I also don't like the fact that the histogram dwindles down so small that you can't see it in the above shooting solution. So Im constantly calling up the 3 color histogram.


If the newer cameras are 100% better I get rid of my X-Pro 2 bodies tomorrow let me know your thoughts PLEASE.
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