FUJIFILM XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS vol.1 vol.2
Finally, a telephoto zoom lens is added to Fujifilm's best XF lens line up. There have been several single focal lenses and a standard zoom lens, but no telephoto zoom lens. So, this is a good news for existing X series users and those who are thinking about getting it. I wanted to pull subjects with my X-E1 and now I'm happy about the release. It covers a range from 84mm to 305mm in 35mm equivalent and it has the optical image stabilization with a 4.5 stops claimed benefit. So, your chance for shooting will be expanded more than ever. I shot in a variety of conditions and I felt this lens is resistant against backlight and it's very solid. This lens is a little bigger than other XF lenses, but it's still compact for the spec. This is a lens you can depend on and it will even change your shooting style.
( Photography & Text : T.Nakanishi )
What I should emphasize first is the high resistance to the backlight. Despite the severe angle, the contrast remains high, and the depiction is surprisingly rich and minute. Plus, there's no ghost and flare. I guess this is because of the excellent lens design and coating. Because of this performance, I can shoot with any angle without worry.
Shot in a little backlight situation. I'm amazed by the fine depiction of the white birches because they look emerging. At the scene, I felt like the fresh green is glowing by itself, and this picture shows exactly what I saw.
The daffodil was blooming in the shadow. I shot under to isolate it from the shadow. The minimum focus distance is 1.1m, so you can extract subjects from daily scenes.
You can take macro photography by shooting at around the minimum focus distance. I shot over quite a bit, but the highlight tonality looks beautiful.
It was dark inside, but I could capture the bottles with sharpness, thanks to the optical image stabilization.
It looks soft because I shot through two panes of glass. Still, the backlighted leaves look viable. AF is so accurate and focuses without hunting.
I feel XF lenses are good at isolating subjects from the background if shot wide open, and the same goes for this lens. The corner depiction is excellent even if shot wide open.
I tried to shoot a scene with a big luminance difference. The tonality from the highlight to the shadow is wonderful. The highlight is becoming almost white, but there's a detail in the sky. It also depicts each leaf minutely.
This is a red glow in the morning sky.
Each young branch is resolved. This was shot wide open, so I became curious to know what happens if stopped down.
I stopped down. How do you like the solid fresh green that are depicted with sharpness? I have no complaints because I can get this depiction with this compact zoom.
I like mirrorless cameras because I can downsize my system. But at the same time, I don't want to compromise picture quality. The X series is compact yet generates high quality pictures, and it has become more attractive thanks to this additional zoom lens. You may feel it's larger than other XF lenses, but once it's mounted on the X-E1 body, it was easy to handle and it never spoils the system compactness. I'm sure that you learned the picture quality is excellent: high resistance to backlight, high resolution power, and solid depiction. With the addition of this lens, I'm sure that the X series has become even more versatile.
( 21.06.2017 )