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Fujinon XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Zoom Lens

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  • 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

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Fujifilm
  • Model: 16384941
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Mounting Type: Wall
  • Minimum focal length: 55 millimeters
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DPReview Silver AwardSeptember 2013
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.
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83%

Conclusion

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.

Reasons to buy

  • Impressive image quality at all settings
  • Essentially silent autofocus
  • Very effective image stabilization
  • Convenient on-lens aperture ring
  • Solid construction

Things to consider

  • Images can look a little soft on the pixel level
  • Autofocus not as fast as its peers
  • Expensive

Suggested for

X-system owners looking to extend their lens set into the genuine telephoto range without sacrificing build or image quality.

Not suggested for

Photographers shooting fast-moving subjects
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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX
Maximum Aperture Range F3.5 - F4.8 F1.2 F1.4 F4.0
Min Aperture 22 16 16 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 62 millimeters 62 millimeters 62 millimeters 72 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 1.1 meters 0.7 meters 0.28 meters 0.24 meters
Item Weight 1.28 pounds 0.89 pounds 0.66 pounds 0.9 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 3 x 3 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00CNZTPGA
  • Item model number: 16384941
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 17, 2013

Product Description

The all new FUJINON XF55-200mm lens gives users a fast F3.5-4.8 lens that produces sharp images across its entire zoom range, from edge-to-edge. Its image stabilization function enables the use of shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower, preventing camera shake even when shooting hand-held in low-light situations, or when shooting at a stopped down aperture. The XF55-200mm lens includes two linear motors for high-speed AF of 0.28 seconds 2 to quickly focus on your subject. Together with its high quality metal design, the XF55-200mm lens delivers an easy-to-transport lens with a large maximum aperture for outstanding mobility and performance. The FUJINON XF55-200mm (83-300mm*1) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS lens features:, An advanced optical design to cover the mid-telephoto (83mm) to telephoto (300mm), Image stabilization for shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower, Two linear motors for high-speed AF and quiet operation, Two ED lens elements and one Super ED lens element for increased performance and effective control against chromatic aberrations, FUJINON's proprietary HT-EBC coating on the entire lens surface to effectively prevent reflections, and control flare and ghosting, Minimum focal distance of 1.1m across the entire zoom range to enable telephoto close-ups , A 1/3EV step aperture ring for users to easily adjust the aperture while holding the camera up to their eye, High quality, metal construction focus ring and aperture ring.

Customer Reviews

Images are sharp, colorful, and detailed.
Ray
It is easy to hold for long periods without fatigue and it looks solid, not like a cheap toy.
Albert J. Valentino
Image quality is excellent, and the image stabilization works very well.
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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Albert J. Valentino on June 13, 2013
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This is a review of the new Fuji 55-200 for my XE1. Let me start out by saying this is a superb piece of glass and if this is a focal length you want or need, then Fuji blows the competition away in almost every area. Below is a review from someone that has owned a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR I lens since 2005. For my Fuji I also have the 18-55 zoom (slightly better than my old Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 and 16-85 VR). Also, for my XE1 I use the Fuji 14mm f/2.8 (superb glass) a Rokinon 8mm fisheye for Fuji mount, and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 adaptall manual macro.

Optics: Outstanding!!! Both at the short and long end, wide open, and in corners. It gets better when stopped down a bit but there are no week areas, especially at the long end which is common for lenses of this range. I would put this lens as at least as sharp as the Fuji 18-55 f/4, and very definitely sharper at 55mm than the Fuji 18-55 zoom, which is no ordinary kit lens. So at 55mm the long zoom might be better choice and it is also slight faster, f/3.5 vs f/4 which makes it slightly better, but much bigger, for head shots to get more blur in the background. Also, I tested my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR I, tripod mounted, on my XE1 with an adapter at the sweet spot, f/5.6, against the Fuji 55-200 at the long end. It was a dead tie at f/5.6 for Nikon (2 stops closed) vs. f/7.1 on the Fuji sweet spot (about 1+ stops closed). Sold my Nikon long zoom (and as of this update sold off all my Nikon equipment with no regrets).

Hot Spots: None!!! By hot spots I am referring to using this lens with an infrared filter like a Hoya R72. I have tested this filter and there are No hot spots at any aperture or focal length making this lens great for IR filter work. On the fuji 18-55 zoom, hot spots are an issue at all focal lengths.
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This medium zoom lens for the X-mount system (Fuji) demonstrates just what's possible when a camera company really puts their mind to it. I had been reading a number of reviews of the Fuji X-mount system for some time, but it was only this past month that I started using the system myself, and I have to say that my own experience has certainly validated what I'd read so many others say: the Fuji X-mount system, in spite of its smaller format, rivals the best of Canon and Nikon's popular models, and some even claim that the Fuji's perform up to Leica and (real) Zeiss levels. I hate to keep repeating myself, but, Wow.

This medium zoom range lens starts at 55mm and goes up to 200mm. It's not a particularly fast lens (it's aperture only opens to F/3.5 at the wide end), but that misses the point entirely. With the insanely good high ISO performance that most Fuji X-mount cameras exhibit, it simply becomes less and less of an issue that you can only work within F/3.5 - 4.5. You can ramp the ISO level up to 1600 and even 3200 and almost not notice it at all, and just read what many others have said about this to see if what I'm saying is repeated elsewhere. For me, its absolutely been the case.

But back to this lens. The image quality produced by this lens across its focal range almost makes you think you're shooting with a prime. That's a tad of an exaggeration, but not much. Images are sharp, colorful, and detailed. The images remind me of my favorite Zeiss lenses, but then, when I shot with those, ISO was a factor even at 800. Coupled with your favorite Fuji X camera (take your pick of model), you'll be able to knock off quality shots that are sometimes simply amazing.

Drawbacks? There is one.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gopherblue on June 10, 2013
Purchased this lens two weeks ago from a retailer in Tokyo during my vacation, two days after it was released. I used it extensively on my trip to Japan, and so far, I have been very pleased, performance-wise. My only criticism is that it is a bit big and bulky, especially when extended when zooming. However, it is only big relative to the small size of the camera systems it is meant to work with, the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 (which I have). Compared to an SLR system, it is still a small lens. I don't find it to be too heavy, as I shoot two handed. It was comfortable to carry mounted on my X-E1, with a shoulder strap.

Operationally, the OIS is outstanding, and I was able to shoot hand-held at maximum zoom with great results (and I don't have super-steady hands). While I haven't had it very long, the results I've seen are very good--bokeh is pleasing and images are well-rendered. Fit and finish is excellent--my only comment there is that the zoom ring is a little too tight when turning, but better than it being too loose.

All in all, I am glad I made the purchase, and it will be a useful addition to my Fuji X set-up.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Rimblas on March 22, 2014
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Sure, this lens may not be a 70-200 2.8 like the one from the "big boys", but don't let that fool you.
I used to own a Canon 5D Mark II. I had the Canon 70-200 F4L which is fantastic and then the Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS v1 and to be honest, I don't see the difference in images with the Fuji 55-200. They are every bit as good. Do I wish it was constant aperture? Sure I do. Do I wish it was 2.8 fast? Yup. But, never once have a wished those things when I see the results (paired with an X-T1).
If you're thinking about it, just pull the trigger. I don't see how you would have any regrets.
I'm also impressed with the OIS. I'm able to get clear, sharp images handholding at 200mm and 1/40. That's crazy! Of course at that slow speed you may still get motion blur from the subject moving, but the camera/lens combo takes a steady image.
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