Fujifilm XF 70-300mm f4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens field review

This zoom lens combines a wide focal range with surprising image quality. It's way more than the bundled affairs you're used too!

Fujifilm XF 70-300mm f4-5.6 R LM OIS WR review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

While it is an enthusiast lens, this 70-300mm is far from a budget performer. It blends portability with excellent range and superior sharpness. When paired with the compatible XF 2x TC WR teleconverter you get a 914mm f/11 lens, which provides excellent value.


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    Internal focussing

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    Teleconverter compatibility


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    Imbalanced on small bodies

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    Occasional AF hunting

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The 70-300mm zoom lens often finds it's place firmly in the entry level or enthusiast category of interchangeable optics. It's not uncommon to find camera bundle including a beginner-level camera, alongside an 18-55mm kit lens and a 70-300mm as a second starter lens.  Naturally there is some variation in the overall quality of these models, but generally they offer reach, at the expense of absolute sharpness.

Indeed some examples are very poor optically, especially at the longer focal lengths. Even where this is not the case, the aperture range is variable, meaning that the maximum f/stop is smaller at 300mm than at 70mm - a sign of a non-professional lens. 

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