DPReview Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6 Field Review and Silver Award

DPReview published its field review of the Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR. The lens gets the silver award.

I am a bit confused, like when they complain about autofocus speed and chromatic aberration, but only if used with the XF 2x TC WR teleconverter. So they put it in the negative list, even though it’s not about the performance of the lens itself.

It’s also a bit confusing how they complain about the lens feeling plasticky, but at the same time they say it is well build and also light. So a Pro (well build and lightweight) turns into a Con (but it’s plastic!!!)

Maybe they just needed to make the Cons list longer and to find a way to complaint about Fuji AF again. I mean, it’s a 2x TC, what did they except?

Anyway, here are their Pros and Cons are:

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Fujifilm Confirms X-H1 IBIS Issue with XF70-300mmF4-5.6 and Promises Firmware Update Fix Shortly

Fujifilm just confirmed that there is an issue with IBIS on the Fujifilm X-H1 when used with the brand new Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R L LM R WR.

They issued an official note that you can read below, promising a firmware update to fix it shortly.

FujiRumors will notify instantly as soon as the new firmware is online for you to download.

Official Fujifilm Note

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The Big Availability Check for Fujifilm GFX100S, GF80mmF1.7, X-E4, XF70-300mm, XF27mmF2.8 R WR and Accessories

In these days I get many emails asking when the latest Fujifilm gear will be in stock.

I frankly don’t know the answer. I know the GFX100S pre-orders are beyond Fujifilm’s most forbidden dreams, hence it might take long for Fujifilm to deliver, but I don’t have information about the rest of the gear.

So what I can do, is to check when different stores expect to have the latest gear available and what is eventually already in stock.

Fujifilm GFX100S

BHphoto says it expects to have it available in April. More precise indications come from Moment, who give the date “April 2”. AmazonUS says it expects to ship in 2 to 5 weeks. No other indications at other stores.

So, overall, I think we can be optimistic that in April the shipping-bottleneck might be finally solved. Unless you guys keep pre-ordering it :)

Fujinon GF80mmF1.7:

Adorama says it’s on the way, and expects to have it available in a few days. AmazonUS expects it in 2 to 4 weeks. BHphoto gives no indication, whereas Moment gives April 2 as date.

Overall, it seems that we can expect stock already by the end of the month and a more substantial stock in the first half of April.

Fujifilm X-E4:

The Fujifilm X-E4 is mostly available as long as you look for the body only version. The kit version with the XF27mmF2.8 R WR is not available and AmazonUS gives even 1 to 2 months for that combo to be in stock.

Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6:

AmazonUS expects stock on April 5. Adorama says new fresh samples are now on the way to their warehouse, hence it’s only a matter of days. Moment expects stock on March 31. No indication at BHphoto.

So by the end of March and latest early April we might find the lens more widely available.

Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR:

Just as with the GFX100S, also for the XF27mmF2.8 R WR Fujifilm has announced delivery delays. It’s not widely available yet, but you can find some samples at Adorama here. AmazonUS expects stock in 1 to 54 weeks. BHphoto does not give any time frame on when it might have it available. Moment expects stock in early April.

Accessories for X-E4 and GFX100S

MHG-GFX S hand grip for Fujifilm GFX100S

At the time of this post there a 4 samples available at AmazonUS here. It’s not yet available at BHphoto here and at Adorama here.

FUJIFILM BLC-XE4 Leather Case + MHG-XE4 Hand Grip + TR-XE4 Thumb Rest

The leather case for the Fujifilm X-E4 is currently in stock at AmazonUS here. It’s not yet available at BHphoto here and Adorama here.

As for the MHG-XE4 hand grip, AmazonUS says it expects availability in 1 or 2 days, whereas no indication on when they expect stock is given by BHphoto here and Adorama here.

The last X-E4 accessory is the TR-XE4 thumb rest. At the time of this post, there are 2 available at AmazonUS here. Not yet available at BHphoto here and Adorama here.