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Why the Fujinon XF100-400mm is ideal for photographing wildlife

Posted by Fujifilm Australia

The XF100-400mm is the newest premium telephoto zoom to join Fujifilm’s line up of XF lenses. With a lightweight design this lens becomes a viable option when photographing animals without the need for a support system.  The excellent optical image stabilisation system will cradles your image allowing for perfectly sharp results to occur when pressing the shutter button.

As mentioned previously on this blog the lens design is well thought out, but there are a few things you should try to get the best out of your wildlife photography sessions.

 For starters, think about what type of animal you’re going to be photographing. Ask yourself the question, what size is the animal and is it lively of placid? The answer to these questions is going to determine what type of camera and lens settings will work best.

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Take this handheld image as an example, knowing the bird was a smaller, fast moving ground dweller it made sense to set up the Fujifilm X-T1’s screen to an angle of 90 degrees. By doing this the camera was able to get lower to the ground to the birds eye level. This resulted in a much more pleasing perspective and greater depth of field. By combining this technique with the optical image stabiliser of the XF100-400mm, the image appears clearly and makes the bird really stand out from the background.

The same can be said if you find yourself in a situation where the animal (in this case bird) is high above you. By using the previously mentioned techniques with single point auto focus the camera will perform effortlessly in either low light or good light due to the stabiliser in the XF100-400mm.

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Lastly if you find yourself photographing animals which are moving quite quickly, in this case horses, then using zone focus combined with continuous high shooting and the image stabiliser turned on will be the best option. It’s also best to photograph these animals using shutter priority to ensure there isn’t any unintentional blur that may occur to your subject.

Both of the images below have been cropped and processed slightly to further compliment their compositions; however despite this the image stabilisation of the lens performed exceptionally well.

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To summarise, if you are considering photographing wildlife or sports with the XF100-400mm lens then be sure to try one out at your nearest X-Series stockist. Stock is due to arrive in Australia mid March.

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