Fujifilm - Fujinon XF55 200mm f:3.5-4.8 R, LM OIS Zoom Lens, Image Stabilization - BlackRs.60,949
DPReview Silver Award From the experts at DPReview Overall score: 83% See review summary and sample images What is DPReview and its awards? 55-200mm focal length, Minimum focus distance -1.10m/43.41 inch 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 Fujifilm X mount for X series interchangeable lens cameras
At first glance the 55-200mm looks much like any other telezoom lens, with a broad zoom ring in the centre of the barrel and a manual focus ring towards the front, plus a couple of control switches on the side. However a closer look reveals that there's also an aperture ring towards the back of the barrel, close to the camera body. Like on the XF 18-55mm zoom, but unlike the Fujinon primes, this is unmarked and has no end-stops. Rotating it one click results in a 1/3 stop change in the aperture setting.
What the pictures alone can't convey is the high quality of construction. The exterior of the barrel is all metal, with a ribbed rubber coating on the zoom ring. The extending section is made from high-quality plastic, and there's impressively little play at full telephoto. The overall impression is of a distinctly premium product that feels totally at home on the X-Pro1.
On the camera
The 55-200mm is, as you'd expect, the largest XF lens so far, and starts to look decidedly bulky on the X-Pro1 let alone the smaller X-E1. Despite this is it still handles quite acceptably - you simply support the camera and lens with your left hand. However the rangefinder-style form factor never feels quite as comfortable for telephoto work as an SLR, and we suspect many users will prefer to use this lens with an accessory grip on the camera, especially for extended shooting periods.
The smooth and well-damped zoom ring falls naturally to hand, providing the main support for the camera/lens combination. The aperture ring is situated close behind it, and its not-too-tight click stops mean that it can be adjusted by reaching backward with your ring finger. Likewise the focus ring can be operated by reaching forward with your forefinger, and overall it's possible to operate all three controls without having to substantially change your grip on the lens while shooting.
Behaviour with the X-Pro1's optical viewfinder
When the 55-200mm is used on the X-Pro1, it's possible to use the optical viewfinder as usual across a very restricted range at the wide end of the zoom. But as soon as you get past 60mm, the frameline in the viewfinder turns red and no longer adjusts in size as you zoom in further. This makes sense to us - at this point the frameline is getting pretty small in the finder, and parallax error becoming progressively less predictable. Overall it's simply more practical to switch to the EVF and be done with it.
Size and design compared to XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Here's the 55-200mm alongside the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS standard zoom, which is the 'kit' lens for the X-E1. It offers essentially identical layout and operation, with all the same controls in all the same places, which should make swapping between the two a breeze. It is, of course, distinctly larger and heavier.
Lens body elements
Reported aperture vs focal length
The camera reports the following apertures at the focal lengths marked on the zoom ring:
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Over the past few years, the digital camera market has been transformed by the arrival of mirrorless compact system cameras. Freed from film-era design constraints, these can provide image quality to match SLRs in a much more portable form factor. Entry-level models provide compact-camera like handling and simplicity, while high-end cameras such as the Sony NEX-7, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Fujifilm X-E1 are able to offer a full set of enthusiast-friendly manual controls in smaller, more discreet systems, and with relatively few compromises. However to persuade buyers to forsake their SLRs, the camera companies also need to offer lens lines that will cover their needs.
While most manufacturers have attacked the mirrorless market from the bottom up, Fujifilm's approach has been the opposite, starting with the unashamedly top-end X-Pro1 followed up by the more enthusiast-oriented X-E1. The company's lens line reflects this - instead of starting out with entry-level kit zooms, it took the decidedly unusual step of launching with three fixed-focal length primes. The first zoom appeared with the X-E1, but the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS is no ordinary 'kit' lens, offering premium optics and a faster than usual maximum aperture.
The XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom follows in the same vein - according to Fujifilm the aim is to provide premium optical quality and construction alongside class-leading image stabilization. Like the 18-55mm it features a relatively fast maximum aperture, gathering half a stop more light than most similar zooms for SLRs, and it uses a pair of linear stepper motors for near-silent autofocus. As with the other XF lenses, it offers all-metal barrel construction and an on-lens aperture control ring. The overall picture is of a decidedly premium lens, that's quite unlike the inexpensive 55-200mm F4-5.6 telezooms for APS-C SLRs.
- 55-200mm focal length (83-300mm equivalent)
- Relatively fast F3.5-4.8 maximum aperture
- Optical image stabilization; 4.5 stops claimed benefit
- Aperture ring on lens
- X mount for Fujifilm X system mirrorless cameras
Angle of View
The pictures below illustrate the focal length range, taken from our standard position. The 55-200mm offers a similar angle of view to a 80-300mm lens on full frame.
|55mm (83mm equivalent)||200mm (300mm equivalent)|
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS specifications
|Street price (Sept 2013)|| • $700 (US)
• £580 (UK)
• €750 (EU)
|Maximum format size||APS-C|
|35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C)||83-300mm|
|Diagonal angle of view||29.0° - 8.1°|
|Lens Construction|| • 14 elements in 10 groups
• 2 extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements
• 1 Super ED glass element
|Number of diaphragm blades||7, rounded|
|Minimum focus||1.1m / 3.67ft|
|Maximum magnification||Approx. 0.19x|
|AF motor type||Two linear stepper motors|
|Zoom method||Rotary, extending barrel|
|Image stabilization|| • Optical IS
• 4.5 stops
|Filter thread|| • 62mm
• Does not rotate on focus
|Supplied accessories*|| • Front and rear caps
• Lens hood
|Weight||580g (20.5 oz)|
|Dimensions|| 75mm diameter x 118mm length
(3.3 x 4.7 in)
|Lens Mount||Fujifilm X|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area