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FUJINON XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens
This lens replaced my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens back when I switched to mirroless. It’s lighter, sharper end-to-end and has the same reach. In full frame, the Fujifilm 55-200mm lens is equivalent to 83-300mm. That’s my favorite range for this segment of telephoto lens, so the reach of this puppy suits me perfectly. It’s also THE telephoto lens I take when traveling, since it’s the perfect compact/lightweight unit for that purpose.
I use it for landscape too… although it’s not weather-sealed, so I do have to make sure to cover it where there’s an awful lot of dust or in rain/snow. And honestly, if I’m hiking shorter distances that don’t need too much reach, I’ll pack my 50-140mm f/2.8, since it has just a bit of an edge over this one in terms of image quality. That is NOT calling this one a slouch by any means! It’s just about choosing the right tool for the right job.
I could wish for a f/2.8 or lower on the XF 55-200mm … but then again, that would mean more weight. So while the variable aperture makes it a bit slower, it’s also lighter and much less expensive this way. When I use it coupled with my awesome X-T20 and X-T2 which are fabulous at high ISO… I just shoot at a little higher ISO if need be and go my merry way.
This is also a solid choice for the budget minded photographer. You don’t have choose between paying the rent and buying this lens. #Winning!!
I reach for this lens when:
- I want to make detailed, intimate, up-close and potentially dreamy landscape images; ones that feel special and tell a story due to a more singular (not broad/sweeping) perspective.
- I know I’ll need more reach than the XF 50-140mm to create the “moment that matters” type of images I love to do.
- I know I need to pack less weight and size, either because I’m traveling… or hiking longer distances out in the field.
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My Actual Gear
I always like seeing people’s actual gear. The dings, use marks, scratches, whatever. It shows they’re alive! So, here’s a pic of my 55-200mm lens on my X-T1, geekily taken while I was at a coffee shop in Santa Cruz, CA:
And finally, the following were all taken with my 55-200mm lens!
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