The Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is the first telephoto zoom for Fujifilm's X system cameras, and offers an 83-300mm equivalent angle of view. It has built-in optical image stabilisation with 4.5 stops claimed benefit, and uses linear stepper motors for silent autofocus. The lens features an (unmarked) aperture control ring, and offers high quality all-metal barrel construction.
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 Lens
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“ We've found the 55-200mm to be an impressive performer, with very good image quality across its entire zoom range and a useful minimum focus distance for close range shooting.”
- 55-200mm focal length
- 83-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
- F3.5-4.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Stepper-type AF motor
- Image stabilization (4.5 stops claimed)
- 62mm filters
- 1.10m/43.41" minimum focus
- Fujifilm X mount for X series interchangeable lens cameras
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||55–200 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (4.5 stops claimed)|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 - F4.8|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Aperture notes||rounded diaphragm|
|Special elements / coatings||Two ED glass elements, one Super ED glass element|
|Minimum focus||1.10 m (43.31″)|
|Motor type||Stepper motor|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||580 g (1.28 lb)|
|Diameter||75 mm (2.95″)|
|Length||118 mm (4.65″)|
|Materials||Metal barrel, metal mount|
|Zoom method||Rotary (extending)|
|Filter thread||62 mm|
|Filter notes||Does not rotate on focusing|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
|Ergonomics and Handling||
The XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is a relatively portable, well-made telephoto zoom that delivers consistently fine images. Focusing is essentially silent and reasonably fast, at least with static subjects, and the optical image stabilisation works very well. It's a natural complement to the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom.
X-system owners looking to extend their lens set into the genuine telephoto range without sacrificing build or image quality.
Not So Good For
Photographers shooting fast-moving subjects
This is a great lens
I have only had this lens for a week, so I haven't had too much experience with it, but this is a great lens. It is really solidly built -- it reminds me a little of old manual focus Nikkors. The zoom ring is very stiff, but I like it. The aperture ring has just the right feel. And the images are really good. My main purpose is for this lens is shooting portraits with my X-E1. Wow -- very nice stuff. The bokeh is really good for a zoom lens. The images are sharp and clear with a bit of ...
Pros: Very high IQ 5* Compactness 5* Excellent OIS allowing 1/10sec shoot at 200mm !! Build 4* : the aperture ring is much too easy to move and change like the 18-55mm (see cons) Reasonable price tag given the global quality of the product 3.5* Cons: Little play on the Xf bayonet that exists with others but which is detectable with this one due to a too tighten focal length ring, a bit unpleasant AF might be slow in dim light Fixation of the hood for transport is uneasy like with the 60mm and ...
Not without it's flaws.
As with all of Fuji's lenses, the aperture seems a little loose to me, and I wish that the apertures were marked on the body akin to the 35mm f1.4. But the optics are superb. Out of focus rendering is beautiful and the focus "hot spot" is very sharp. This kind of lens is rarely used in a situation that requires border sharpness, but my copy seems to be fairly sharp from edge to edge. I have read DP Review's complaint that the borders are soft due to in camera processing to remove pincushion ...
The "L" of the Fuji Zooms
This lens is currently my favorite go to lens of those I own. It is fast to focus, has great bokeh and is built like a pro lens would be. Tight tolerances and smooth operation. It does everything right. The contrast and color rendition is top flight. the lens could easily sell for 2x it's price but with some of the recent sales offer it becomes a MUST HAVE.
Vignetting with the Raynox macro/close-up conversion lens?
I am looking at getting a Raynox DCR-150 or DCR-250 for my X-E1. I'm leaning towards the DCR-150 and using it on my 55-200; if I understand it correctly, that should result in almost a 1:1 reproduction ratio at 200mm and give me a working distance of somewhere around 7" or so. I considered the DCR-250, which should give a range of reproduction ratios of 1:0.5 to 1.6:1; however, I'm concerned that the short working distance would make it difficult to use. Also, as the Raynox is 43mm and would be put onto my 55-200 (which as 62mm threads), I'd be concerned with vignetting. Does anyone have practical experience with either the DCR-150 or DCR-250 on either the 18-55 or the 55-200? Do you experience vignetting at the wide end of your lenses? Any help/feedback would be appreciated!
Hello Mike I use the Raynox M-250 on the following lenses. I mostly use the diafragms between 16 and 22 to achieve some depth of field sharpness inspite the risk of diffraction. 18-55 2.8/4 Very strong vignetting even at 55mm at 18mm you have a large dark area. 16-50 3.5/5.6 very strong vignetting at 16mm and very little at 50mm 55-200 4.5/6.7 very little vignetting at 55mm and no vignetting at all at 200mm, but at 200mm you must use a very stable tripot to cancel movements. It can be done with a raynox lens because you have 16 mpx and cropping can be done to get rid of the vignetting. I have made these pictures just to show you the vignetting. I use the raynox too on an old Nikon 28-80 and there you have little or no vignetting at all at f22. I hope your reply will help you to make a decision Continue Reading
Fuji 55-200 f4-f5.6 for airshows
Hello. This is my first post here and apologies if it has been asked before. I have done a search and can't find it addressed. I am hoping I could get some opinions about the Fuji 55-200 f4-f5.6 and its suitability for airshows please. Airshows are just a part of my photography and I have never wanted to carry around large DSLRs and very large, heavy lenses. I currently have a Sony A7 with the 28-70mm kit lens which I really enjoy using. I also use it with legacy Rokkor lenses so don't want to abandon the A7. I have a NEX 6 with the E mount 55-210 mm lens but I found it to be sub par at a recent airshow. While the upcoming Sony 70-200 FE G lens will probably be very good it will also be quite heavy and is also expensive. Looking at current prices I could probably get a Fuji 55-200 and have around $1000 left over for a body for what the Sony G lens will cost. I have to do more research but to me that is quite appealing. I also see a super telephoto in the Fuji lens roadmap. Do those ...
I used to go to a lot of air shows and shot film cameras without AF. If it's bright enough, I would usually set my camera to f/8, calculate the hyper focal distance (about 250 meters), and fire away without ever touching the focusing ring. I've only been to 2 air shows since switching to digital and used the same technique (Nikon D lenses are not fast focusing). Worked like a charm! Continue Reading
The X-T1 would be the better body for airshows I think. As far as the 55-200 goes it might be a bit short if the action is at a distance. Even with the crop factor if the planes are small or far away it would be a struggle to get a big enough image to fill the frame. I am more than willing to stand corrected by any one who shoots airshows. My interest is limited as is my experience using a digital camera. I think the AF will keep up with it OK, especially if the light is good. I do know that combination will keep up for the most part in not so well lit hockey rinks. that is my two cents worth. Continue Reading
fuji FX 55-200 loose parts?
Hi folks, I recently bought a new 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 lens on Ebay for my new Fuji X-T1.The lens has strange sound when I flip it over. It sounds like there is a loose part inside. After a breif test the lens seems to be working, images do not have obvious issues. But this annoying sound is very frustrating. Does anybody have the same experience? Is it normal? Thanks.
Remember there is an OIS it means a floating element inside ou perceive the movements of this floating element when walking and holding the lens be sure to turn off the camera when changing lens that could account for some noise Continue Reading
yeah most lenses with OIS have some floating elements - it's quite normal to hear something loose in them. Continue Reading
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