A rule of thumb that respectful nature photographers obey is maintaining a respectable distance between subject and photographer, and that’s probably why we end up using long telephoto lenses typically beyond a 300mm equivalent when out in the field.
Moreover, my dad had indulged into me a good dose of common sense that its probably a bad idea to photograph a lion using a 35mm focal length distance.
And that’s why being an Fujifilm user, the XF100-400 LM OIS WR comes naturally into the picture.
(OIS means that this monster of a lens comes equipped with in-lens stabilisation, 5 beautiful stops of it. LM means Linear Motor, Fujifilm’s way of telling you its an high end lens with fast AF and WR simply means if it rains , wear a raincoat for yourself and continue shooting)
and because I am a realist, this lens isn’t really for those who like them small.
P.S.: Its 1375 grams without caps.
But for what you lug, this h*** of a lens, this beauty gives it back to you with interest included in terms of its excellent image quality and performance.
Malayan Water Lizard
If smaller subjects worries you handling a lens of this stature, I will be frank and say keep shooting.
and if you never realized, yes, I do shoot portraits with this lens too.
There’s much more to show, but I shall not indulge.
Presently, yes, the XF100-400mm is the most expensive piece of glass anyone can buy from Fujifilm X-mount, but like all the good ones – you get back the value multifold. As long as you get out there and start photographing.