Fujifilm XF1.4X Teleconverter

You might recall me mentioning that the only thing that wasn’t quite perfect about the Fujifilm 50-140mm lens I bought earlier this year was that it could have done with being a wee bit longer.

Now there is a seriously long telephoto zoom on ’s roadmap (100-400mm), but that’s got two problems. The first is that to keep the price in the area that might just be affordable and the weight below the level where you don’t so much need a tripod as a truck, it won’t share the 50-140mm lens’s lovely f/2.8 maximum aperture. Not a huge issue, just a point of information. The real problem is that its anticipated release date is now March next year, but as that date has shifted a few times already, I’m not holding my breath. Not that I could hold my breath until March, anyway.

But there was another possibility. Fujifilm announced this little beast a while ago – it’s a device that fits between the lens and the camera which increases the focal length by a factor of 1.4. So far, it’s only supported on the 50-140mm lens, but future lenses will also be able to use it. You’ll also need to update the camera and lens firmware before you can take advantage of the device.

Being a proper Fujifilm device, it’s been designed to do this without affecting image quality. The only downside is that it reduces the maximum aperture from f/2.8 to a still useful f/4. Ever since it was announced, I’ve been keeping an eye open for it actually being available. And yesterday, it appeared in stock at Wex Photographic, who I’m always happy to deal with. So, after hesitating for about a microsecond, I placed an order. (The image links to Amazon who currently have it listed as not being available until January).

And it arrived today (yes, they send stuff out on Sundays now…). It arrived too late for me to not take it out in the rain at lunchtime, but I took a few test shots after leaving work – the rain had actually paused by then.

Here’s one at the wide end:

Grey Street

Grey Street

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 78.8mm
ISO 6400
Taken 17:25, 30 November, 2015

And here’s my usual test of a long lens, which I’ll have to repeat in daylight:

Obligatory Earl Grey shot

Obligatory Earl Grey shot

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/7s
Focal length 161mm
ISO 6400
Taken 17:25, 30 November, 2015

First impressions are that this will make my big zoom zoomier enough to be more useful.

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