I used the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm lens at its longest focal length, 200mm, for these pictures. I then had to crop-zoom each of them to make what you see above. After my attempt at photographing the ducks and these birds I started thinking that I would like to have a longer lens if I’m going to photograph wildlife.
Over the years I have drifted toward small lighter prime lenses in order to get the image quality I need for photographing Homewood activities indoors, as well as for keeping the weight down. Since I prefer the smaller lighter setup with prime lenses, I have tried to shift all of my photography towards what I could do with that setup. It is only on days when I think about previous wildlife images I have made, that I start thinking about another longer focal length, larger, heavier lens. That lens is the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm lens. It is a great lens but is about twice the size and weight of the XF 55-200mm lens.
Yesterday I walked some more with my Fujifilm X-T2 and the XF 55-200mm lens. It was only when my knees and back started hurting that I regained my senses and realized that I would never carry such a lens as the XF 100-400, so I have decided to not acquire one, even to just try one.
I’ll make do with the XF55-200mm lens as my longest Fujifilm lens for occasional use. For the bulk of my personal photography I will ratchet my thinking back to concentrating on smaller and lighter gear and seeing what I can do with it.