Nikon Z9 Sport Photographer Test Fujifilm X-H2S and Fujinon XF18-120mmF4 and XF150-600mmF5.6-8 Tests

Here is a little roundup to catch up with the latest first look reviewers about Fuji’s newest gear trinity.

It includes a Nikon Z9 shooter going hands on with the Fujifilm X-H2S and explaining us why 40fps do matter. It’s the first video in the “video section” down below, and it is also summarized for you in case you don’t have time to watch it right now.

And of course we got also the XF18-120mmF4 and XF150-600mF5.6-8 covered.

So, I guess you have now something to read and watch… I’ll jump in the Mediterranean water while you get through this all ;).

Fujinon XF18-120mmF4

  • alwinkok – XF18-120mm -A Good Zoom Lens for Photographers?

Overshadowed by the Fujifilm X-H2S

smashed by the Fujinon XF150-600mmF5.6-8

obscured by the latest Fujinon X mount roadmap

the Fujinon XF18-120mmF4 entered the Fuji world with little fanfare.

But here on FujiRumors we treat all lenses with the same dignity, so we will start the roundup with this lens. More precisely, the with the coverage of Taylor Jackson, who says:

  • there are four ways to zoom
    1) a zoom ring designed to feel like a manual zoom ring
    2) behind the zoom ring, there is a zoom lever
    3 )there is a zoom button to zoom at a constant speed
    4) ou can zoom via touch screen controls
  • exposure stepping still exists [on this pre-production copy]
  • minimal focus breathing
  • very versatile

Fujinon XF150-600mmF5.6-8

  • keithwee – Fujinon XF150-600mm ƒ5-6.8 R LM OIS WR Review – Reach Maximus

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Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 for Fujifilm X Reviews Roundup

Earlier today Tamron announced its second autofocus lens for Fujifilm X, the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8.

We already had a mini live-blog with some reviews covered in this article. So if you missed it, definitely check them out here.

But new reviews have been published since then so I thought it would make sense to give you an update

Already shared in the live blog

  • BH Explora – Tamron Announces the Versatile Mid-Range 17-70mm f/2.8 Lens for FUJIFILM X
  • ivanjoshualoh – G P L : General Purpose Lens

New reviews:

Video Reviews (some with Summary)

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BIRD TRACKING with Fujifilm X-H2S with XF150-600 (in Complex Condition) and EYE AUTOFOCUS on Par with SONY & Co

Bird Tracking

Just yesterday I reported about a video by tb- photography, who in 1 minute was able to give us more clues about the real autofocus performance of the Fujifilm X-H2S then some of the big youtube channels in 20 minutes of talks (and in some cases without showing and samples).

And since smaller youtube channels seem to often stay on the piece better than the big ones, today I’ll share a video of an even smaller youtube channel, in fact so small, that this time even I missed this video, but a fellow FR-reader made it notice to me today.

Passionate bird photographer liewwk Nature runs a 860 subscriber channel with hundred of bird photography videos.

He posted a 5 minute video of birds tracking with the new Fujifilm X-H2S and XF150-600mmF5.6-8.

A lot of it has been taken in tropical forest environment, often in tricky and low to very low light conditions and with a complex and distracting background.

In these objectively difficult conditions, Iiewwk Nature writes:

The new system just weight 2.4KG which allow us to shoot 150-600mm (225-900mm 35mm equivalent) which is one best available

This system allow me have >50% success rate 1/125 at 900mm which is my recommended minimum shutter speed for handheld.

The AF is fast and accurate (on bird eye), it may not best in market but it is very good and accurate even at low-light & complex environment.

For the Auto-focus, I think this is a huge upgrade compare previous X series. The Animal Detection just simple amazing

Keep in mind that this is the success rate mentioned is for shooting at 900mm.

In my eyes it already looks pretty amazing. And considering that this is an early pre-production firmware (on both, camera and lens), I guess it can get only better from this point on until the final firmware is released.

You can find the video down below and his blog post about his experience at liewwkphoto.

Eye Autofocus

The second video below is of Lee Zavitz, who used the Fujifilm X-H2 with the XF18-120mmF4 for a portrait session and he is says that eye AF is crazy and it detects the eye even when the eyes are mostly blocked by her hair.

He says he is really impressed by eye detection and he did not expect it to be that good.

It’s still a beta firmware, but it is on par with competitors in terms of eye autofocus.

Fujifilm X-H2S: Enjoy One Minute of New Autofocus Tracking Glory

Announcement days are exteremely busy and so much content is spilled out all at once.

In fact there is so much out there, that most just watch the videos of the biggest channels and skip out on others.

This means that is easy to miss out on something.

And quite frankly, smaller channels can sometimes kick out better content and coverage than well known and established ones.

Well, today I’d highlight one review that I am not sure how many of you have seen. It comes from tb- photography, who runs an 11K subscribers channel.

It’s all worth a watch, but for the purporse of this article I’d like to focus your attention on the part that shows subject and animal tracking at work (min. 11:16 to 12:16)

For being pre-production, I believe the Fujifilm X-H2S did an astonishing job, especially with Pre-AF turned on.

And again: it’s pre-production, so it can only get better from here on.

Go see by yourself. The video below will start at 11:16 for 1 minute of new AF tracking glory ;).

Because it’s Cool: Fujifilm X-H2S Meets FPV Drone and Delivers Epic New Zealand Mountain Bike Downhill Race

I would like to share this video in a dedicated article, for the simple reason that it is cool :)

It shows a Fujifilm X-H2S mounted on a drone following a crazy mountain biker going downhill on the mountains of New Zealand.

So the videos are two: I recommend to start with the final product (1st video above) and then watch the behind the scenes (video below).

You can also read the story here at fujifilm-x.