Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review |
Digital Photography Review

Overall conclusion

The XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is the first telephoto zoom in Fujifilm’s X system, and is clearly designed to be paired with the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS by X-E1 and X-Pro1 owners. It shares the same basic design philosophy and high standard of construction, with an all-metal barrel and (unmarked) aperture control ring. It’s clear from the moment you pick the lens up that it’s a very different proposition to a typical 55-200mm F4-5.6 SLR kit zoom. This impression continues while you shoot with the lens. Operationally it feels impressively refined, with essentially silent autofocus and image stabilization. It can take a little while to adapt to using a lens with control three rings, for zoom, aperture and focusing, but this is aided by their well-considered layout and feel. The zoom ring falls naturally to hand and is impressively smooth and well-damped; likewise the manual focus ring, which can be operated simply by reaching forward with your forefinger. The aperture ring has sufficiently positive click stops that you’re unlikely to change it accidentally, but it can also be operated quickly by reaching back with your ring finger. Once you get used to it, this provides quick, fluid control. Autofocus is on a par with what we’ve come to expect from Fujifilm – it’s pretty quick, and unlikely to upset anyone who’s already shooting with the X system……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8

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