For the time being, I am only using Fujifilm cameras for my photography. I have shipped the Leica X2 and the Canon G3 X cameras that I have been trying back to where I got them. At the same time, I ordered a Fujifilm X100F camera to pair with my X-Pro2 camera. The reason I returned the X2 and G3 X cameras was that I can’t afford them along with the X100F, plus the X100F fits better into my desire for reducing and simplifying my gear.
In addition to the above cameras, I have been reviewing and studying also acquiring another DSLR camera with a 55 to 300mm zoom lens. Since I once owned several Pentax DSLR cameras and I knew that they came out with an improved version of their 55-300mm lens, I have been concentrating on Pentax. While I like their cameras, it is a lot of money to acquire a DSLR and a 55-300mm lens primarily just to photograph outdoors in bad weather and to photograph flowers and birds. I also have had lots of trouble with the weight of DSLRs. Not being able to walk far with them due to medical issues in my hands, back, and legs is why I replaced my former Pentax DSLRs with mirrorless cameras that were smaller and lighter. While I think I could do better handling DSLRs today if I didn’t walk far, I still had to answer the question, “Do I really need them?”
To help answer my question, I put my 55-200mm lens on the X-Pro2 and made some flower pictures. The above is one example of a picture of lilacs made at a 200mm focal length. I have decided that having a maximum 200mm on the X-Pro2 is sufficient for any pictures I might wish to make of flowers.
My biggest concern was photographing birds with only a maximum 200mm. I have done it before under good conditions, but I wanted to better clarify the limitations. Under the darkening evening light, I went out behind our house and waited for a bird to land either in a tree or on another house at a distance that I thought was reasonably obtainable most of the time. It wasn’t a great distance but one I think I can live with. I finally was able to make the following picture at 200mm focal length. I then cropped it and upsized it some to make the larger view of the robin.
My answer is that I will not get another camera or longer lens yet. I have decided to “make-do” with the X-Pro2 and the lenses that I have, at least for the time being. I’ll write about how I hope to use the combination of the Fuji X-Pro2 and the X100F after I get the X100F (probably not for another month). I will be limited in photographing wildlife, as I have been for a while, but I will get-by until I investigate some other options. The hard part is finding other things to photograph.