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- All of my product pages are meant to reflect my own personal experience with my gear. I use everything I’ve listed! I’ve chosen each piece based upon how they float my boat and make my work, art, travel, comfort and mobility possible. As such, my comments are completely my own opinion. So don’t cry if I’m not objectively droning about this feature vs. that feature and why point-decimal-some-number is going to make a difference in your life. It probably won’t anyway and there are plenty of people who WILL share that data with you. You might enjoy their reviews. Fair warning. What I WILL share is my thought process in choosing my gear, what it does for me, what I love about it… and if there’s something not love, I’ll share that too.
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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. It’s lighter, sharper end-to-end and has the same reach. In full frame, the Fuji 55-200mm lens is equivalent to 83-300mm. Most of the time, I can’t work with a zoom that only goes to 200mm… it’s just not long enough for the range of things I like to shoot. So this puppy suits me perfectly.
As of this moment, I haven’t yet tried the 18-135 or other Fuji zooms yet. I look forward to that in the future! Right now though, the extra reach weighs in most importantly for me. I’d love even more, to be honest!
I could wish for a f/2.8 or lower… 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. Coupled with my awesome X-T1 and X-T10 which are fabulous at high ISO… I just make the adjustment there 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!!
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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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