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Being unable to afford the Fuji 100-400mm lens and on advice from a friend in OZ I purchased via eBay, a used (probably 35-40 yrs old) Canon FD 300mm L lens from Japan. From Japan because the dealers are honest regarding condition. From UK I purchased the original matching FD 1.4X-A Tele converter and my favoured lens adapter the K&F Concept FD-Fuji. The lens is pristine and looks unused, also the TC. I'd never used FD mount before so the locking rings and buttons on the lens, the TC and the adapter were confusing enough to ensure I set it up before leaving home. Happily, once assembled it fits nicely in my LowePro mini-trekker backpack with space for XP1, 18-55, 55-200. All I need then is a Sherpa! The weather in UK is grim, dim and wet so I've not been able to do much outside testing but what I have done has given pleasingly sharp images. I may possibly look also for a 2X TC but in my experience the come at the cost of softer images and lesser IQ. Obviously I'll not be attempting birds in flight with this but I'm too old to go chasing them now anyway. Tripod or monopod mounted for take off, landing, standing, preening and displaying will do me and of course for other wildlife too. For small close up wildlife, a 15mm tube reduces the native 300mm focusing range of 3.0m - ∞ down to about 1.8m - 7.0m, which is more suitable for close subjects like small birds, lizards and other critters. A 25mm tube takes it down to 1.4m – 4.0m. Either Canon FD or Fuji ext tubes can be used on one side of the adapter or the other. The lens is specifically Canon FD New 300mm L lens as this has the low dispersion glass missing from earlier models. The f2.8 is well thought of but obviously a lot more expensive and huge. The longer 400mm f4.5 is worth a thought too but is again much bigger, heavier and more expensive. If it is possible that the Fuji lens may be bought at a later date then perhaps consider buying the Fuji 1.4 TC instead to fit behind the adapter at this stage. I hope this info is a help to anyone considering a similar path to long lens shooting and if I can get out on Friday when hopefully we get some brightness I'll give my further impressions. Now, my question which is to owners of the new X-Pro2 specifically and even better if they have shot manually with a long lens. I am currently using this long lens setup on XT1 but I would like soon to buy one of the newer bodies if/when money becomes available. While I will miss the tilt screen of the XT range I do actually prefer the XP2 style of body and more importantly, it is cheaper than the XT2. My concern is the viewfinder - I found focusing manually the XT1 (on tripod) was good using either standard mag or peaking. Will the smaller evf of the XP2 be problematical to manually focus with my 300mm + 1.4 TC?