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  1. Albert Smith
    February 23, 2021 @ 3:35 pm

    Thanks for this review.

    I came to Fujifilm from Nikon, and I have a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 full frame zoom that I often use on a DX camera, so I know how just plain fun it can be to go out with a really long lens after spending time in the moderate focal length range.

    Of the three recently announced item, this zoom is in my wishlist ( already preordered the new 27mm), and looking at your images only makes me sure that it will be joining my kit.

    Again, thanks

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    • Alwin Kok
      February 24, 2021 @ 6:24 am

      Hi Albert, thank you for reading my review.

      This lens is definitely a must-have lens if you do not have the XF 55-200 lens. I am struggling with whether to keep my current XF 55-200 and I am now considering letting go of my XF 55-200. Nevertheless, congratulation on your new pancake lens. I am pretty sure you will have lots of fun using it.

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    • Oscar shimange
      March 6, 2021 @ 5:59 pm

      For me this lens is a game changer. I have used the 100-400 . This is an excellent lens . I have preordered the 70-300mm. this is going to be my carry around lens with my 1.4x teleconverter that I already own. well done Fuji.

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      • Alwin Kok
        March 8, 2021 @ 3:17 pm

        Nice! I am waiting for Fujifilm Singapore to open for pre-order.

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  2. Makofoto
    February 23, 2021 @ 4:59 pm

    Close-up’s are typically sharp because the Detail is so relatively large. Fun sounding lens. For someone like myself with over 50 years of shooting sports under my belt, I’m still waiting for Fuji to come out with a lightweight, “simple,” 500mm prime, around say f4.7. I recently rented the Canon Compact 800mm, fixed f11.0. Delightful! Collapsed it fit into my regular camera bag. Nikon has it’s Compact 500mm.

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  3. Alwin Kok
    February 24, 2021 @ 6:28 am

    Hi Makofoto, you have a nice portrait shot.

    Yes. I love how this RF800 lens and its a smart move from Canon. Let’s hope one day Fuji will have the lens you love to have.

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  4. Craig
    February 25, 2021 @ 3:53 pm

    Nice Review 😃. I have the 50-140 how would compare as far as image quality? And is the 55-200 image quality better or same? Thanks

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    • Alwin
      February 26, 2021 @ 10:23 am

      Hi Craig,

      I can’t share with you my thought with XF50-140 because I do not have one. But comparing with XF55-200, I feel that this XF70-300 is sharper. Maybe due to better engineering or maybe better glass optic.

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      • Craig
        February 27, 2021 @ 4:13 pm

        Thanks Alwin.

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  5. John
    February 28, 2021 @ 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the review! I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t really see it though, if I want to be honest. The images I’ve seen from the 70-300 so far seem dull. Still waiting for more reviews but I think I might actually go for the amazing 55-200, the 70-300 doesn’t seem to match it on my eyes so far (even though the extra mm would be great).

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    • Alwin Kok
      March 8, 2021 @ 3:21 pm

      Yes I agree with you. Both lenses are amazing. Both have pros and cons. It’s up to us as a photographer on how we can optimise the capability of the lens we have on hands.

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  6. Hampus Persson
    March 2, 2021 @ 11:00 pm

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for a very Informative review and comparison to the 55-200. And nice example pictures! I am curious, did you try it in continous mode? If so, how was the AF Speed and tracking compared to the xf 55-200?

    Thanks again,

    Hampus Persson

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    • Alwin Kok
      March 8, 2021 @ 3:28 pm

      Hi Hampus,

      Are you referring to AF-C mode? I did try use this mode when I am shooting the la lang plant. I find the speed is acceptable and not blazing fast. I did have some mis-focus shots due to windy situation. But this might have to do with the setting on the camera as well. When I shot with the X-E4, the setting are by “default”.

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      • Hampus Persson
        March 10, 2021 @ 10:54 am

        Thanks! Yes I meant the AF-C mode. Curious since I plan on using it as a sport- and wilflife lens. From the short time you tested the AF-C mode, would you say it was slower, equal or faster than the 55-200mm that know (and you referred to a bit)?

        Thanks again,
        Cheers
        Hampus

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        • Alwin kok
          March 18, 2021 @ 3:27 am

          Hi Hampus,

          I feel that the XF70-300 AF speed is either equal to XF55-200 or slightly faster. I do not experience a huge jump in AF speed. Hope it helps.

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  7. Andreas Gailus
    April 5, 2021 @ 5:54 pm

    Hi Alwin,

    Thanks for the review, which is very informative. I also like yoru photos, including the color pallette. Did you use the KodacChrome default version on the camera or did you create your own recipe?

    Andreas

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    • Alwin Kok
      July 31, 2021 @ 3:06 pm

      Hi Andreas,

      I used Classic Chrome and Classic Negative. At that point of time, I am using the preproduction camera unit and hence I try to keep as “original” as possible.

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  8. icohgnito
    May 26, 2021 @ 1:33 pm

    Will this lens be okay for sun/moon eclipse photos?

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    • Alwin Kok
      July 31, 2021 @ 3:11 pm

      Hi icohgnito,

      I think the focal length is okay but it is better with the teleconverter and not forgetting to have some protection like using solar filter.

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