Birding with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Fujinon 100-400
After coming back from Vancouver and Vancouver island, photos will come later, I needed to test my few months old X-T3 against my former X-T2 for bird photography. So with a nice sun, wind and overall Dutch skies I went to the Groene Jonker and the Waver. See earlier blog posts on both areas here in the Netherlands.
Ik took the newly Lowepro photosport with me as well, I really come to like this little back. Really comfortable on long hikes and with a water bladder compartment! The 100-400mm just barely fits in the compartment, but with some wiggle and push it sits there ok!
I wanted to test the new X-T3 and its auto focus capabilities on small erratic birds here in the meadows. The main take away here is, I guess, my skills improved over de course of last year, photographing these small birds, as I found that the gap between the X-T2 and X-T3 isn’t that huge. The main take away for me is that the X-T3 has:
AF-C. Somewhat better tracking, but better single point continuous focus, especially using the smallest focus box. The X-T2 couldn’t do that. Plus it focuses a bit more accurate on small/detailed textures.
Battery life. Somewhat improved. For me marginal. Would like to see Fujifilm make the jump to a new battery. Like Sony did.
Vertical grip. The grip is much improved, better deeper handgrip and overall the camera feels more solid with it.
So now for some of the first photos, certainly not portfolio work, but nice nonetheless. All photos below, taken with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Fujinon 100-400mm. Click to view larger in a light box and navigate with mouse or arrow keys. Enjoy!