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FujifilmXF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens
 
4.7

(based on 87 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (49)
  • Consistent output (35)
  • Easily interchangeable (33)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (33)
  • Durable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)
  • Slow focus (9)
  • Poor in low light (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (49)
  • Wildlife photos (38)
  • Weddings (23)
  • Sports/action (19)
  • Macro photography (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (12)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Get Real for a Minute

Yes, the focus can be slow in dim light. Yes, for an XE camera the lens is somewhat large.

But let's get real for a minute. It weighs and...Read complete review

Yes, the focus can be slow in dim light. Yes, for an XE camera the lens is somewhat large.

But let's get real for a minute. It weighs and is about as big as a Canon 24-105 L, cost 40% less than the 24-105 and is optically better. No one calls the Canon 24-105 a big lens, do they? It's also faster than Canon's cheapo 75-300mm too.

Like all systems and lenses, there are some compromises made. Fuji kept the price extremely reasonable and the quality, especially for the money, extremely high.

Remember, the lens is equivalent to an 84-305mm lens. Hello, it's small for a 305mm lens!! Maybe we've been spoiled by the 18-55mm.

If the whole XE series and this lens focused a bit faster and price was the same, it would be exceptional. As it is it is merely wonderful. And should firmware upgrades make it focus better, then it's a 5 star for sure.

See attached images. Compare that to any lens at the equivalent of 300mm (or even 200mm) which costs 3x as much and is 2x-3x as large.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very Sharp but Very Slow AF

Perfect sharpness and image stabilization but the auto focus is so slow I often miss great expressions. Bokah is OK but not great. Overall quality is terrific just frustating to use for portraits because...Read complete review

Perfect sharpness and image stabilization but the auto focus is so slow I often miss great expressions. Bokah is OK but not great. Overall quality is terrific just frustating to use for portraits because of the super slow AF.

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5.0

Super Performer in Smallish Package

By NYRich

from New York City

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Optical quality
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Crummy Lens Cap
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

The 55-200 completes my lens kit (if that's even possible) for my X-E1.It's the largest of my X lenses but balances well even with the smallish X-E1. It's a great compromise between other makers' 70-200 f/2.8 and f/4 monster lenses and the much slower (and lower quality) 70-300 f/5.6+ models.Sharpness and contrast are excellent. Build quality compared to my Nikkor 55-200 VR is in another league entirely. Then again, the Fujinon is twice the price and has a metal lens mount.The zoom, focus and aperture rings are smooth and the OIS works well. Maybe not 4 stops-worth, but 3 stops for sure.Focusing speed is not great with the X-E1, but that's been an issue with the X-E1 all along. I have the current firmware loaded which seems not to matter. Maybe with an X-T1 focusing speed improves. I'd have to try it for an extended period to verify that.All in all, I'd recommend this lens to any Fuji X mount user looking for a well-built long lens at a reasonable price.If I had to pick a flaw or two, I'll pick a few nits and complain about the usual crummy Fuji lens cap and finicky lens hood. Other than that, I can't think of a single "flaw".

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5.0

Perfect selection

By Sawana T.

from Fairfax, VA

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

    Really meet my expectation.

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    5.0

    Excellent !

    By Herd57

    from NC

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

      I have been very pleased with this lens. It's great for trips to the zoo and local park. I find it sharp and quick to focus. Also, great experience in dealing with B & H.

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      5.0

      A great telephoto for the X system

      By Photo Dude

      from Rural Wisconsin

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

        I am a professional photographer and have been for over 25 years. I use DSLRs (mainly Canon EOS-1D bodies) for my daily work. I purchased a Fujifilm X-E2 to see what all the hype was with the mirrorless cameras. So far the Fuji system has been fantastic. I purchased this lens to add to my travel kit. The image stabilization works great. The build quality is very good and the image quality rivals that of my heavy Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS II lens.

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        5.0

        great deal on this lens!

        By Blacksheep651

        from Keller, Texas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

          I picked this lens up from BH recently as a lightly used item. Honestly I think it was purchased and just returned as it wasn't even registered with Fujifilm so it was in fantastic shape. The lens is lightweight and seems to focus quickly on my X-T1. I have been pleased with the output so far. With 2 Zeiss Touit primes that I also got from BH Photo this is a perfect lightweight travel kit for me.

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          4.0

          Solid Performer

          By Chris

          from Rockville, Maryland

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Street photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

            This lens is a nice complement to the remarkable 18-55mm "kit" lens for the FujiFilm X-Trans cameras. My sample is sharp wide open at all focal lengths, with decent if not spectacular bokeh. The image stabilization is effective: I have no difficulty shooting at 1/(focal length), and can usually get away with one and sometimes two stops slower than that. Autofocus is fast and accurate on the X-T1 and X-E2 bodies I have used with it. Build quality is good. Images shot with it don't seem to have quite the color and contrast punch of the 18-55mm, but if you shoot raw it's easy to make up for that in post-processing. All-in-all, a very solid performer.

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            5.0

            More IQ than long reach

            By skgrif

            from Montreal

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

            The quality of this lens hit me where I did not expect it. The reach is not impressive. Well, it is what it is. But I'm surprised with the pictures that I've got. Using an X-E1, here are two pictures taken handheld in low light with no flash. The TV screen shot at ISO 1000, 1/60, f3.7, focal 74mm; the picture of the decoder at ISO 6400, 1/15, f4.8, focal 200mm. There are 16 feet between camera and targets.
            The thing is big and heavy; I would not walk all day with that hooked on my neck.

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            3.0

            Sluggish autofocus

            By Mcmike1967

            from Madrid

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

              I had the opportunity to try this lens mounted on a X-T1 on trip to Hong Kong. I took most of the shots on a cloudy day at 100 to 200mm. Autofocus was slow to the point of missing some shots of some slow moving subjects. Sharpeness was also an issue even for static subjects and the camera on a tripod (OIS turned off). Bad, copy?, wrong settings?, software update problem? who knows... Maybe is just me that I am not good enough and can't get the best of the camera features. In any case I was expecting more from this lens.

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              4.0

              Clean & Sharp with Good Contrast

              By Dave

              from Hartford, CT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Sharp

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portrait
              • Street

              Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

              The focus speed is not fast enough for sports but I knew this when I purchased the lens, still the focus speed is a little disappointing. Once focus is achieved however the image is clean, very sharp with good saturation and contrast. I will really enjoy this lens for landscape and some street photography.

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              5.0

              A QUALITY TELEPHOTO XF LENS IS HERE!

              By Dennis

              from Hampton, VA

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                THE FUJIFILM XF 55-200MM f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens is an outstanding addition to the XF line of professional quality lens for the Fuji line of mirrorless xf mount cameras. I use the lens on my Fuji XE2 camera together with my XF 18-55mm lens that covers a focal range of 27-300mm in 35mm equivalent coverage. The all metal construction of the lens and smooth operation of the the zoom and manual focus adjustments is a pleasure to use and the image stabilization of 4.5 stops makes shooting at the extreme 200mm possible hand holding the camera without camera shake. The lens is sharp at all focal lengths and it renders excellent colors without camera flare or ghosting. Auto focusing is quick and accurate but does slow slightly at longer focal lengths. It is a perfect camera/lens combination for traveling light.

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                5.0

                Nice Reach

                By Photo Hobbyist

                from S.E. LA.

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                  I've used this lens mostly for nature shots. It does a great job and has good reach. I plan to use it indoors in a theater environment. I've seen images of shots with this lens used to capture theatrical performances and look forward to using it for that.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent quality

                  By Red

                  from Hendersonville, NC

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                  Very pleased with IQ of this lens. And it is well built. I bought a shorter lens shade for it - the kit one a little too long. Hoping the zoom ring will loosen up a little - a bit firm for these old hands.

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By JR

                  from Vail, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                  Extremely impressed with this lens. I feel that this lens on my X-E1 outperforms my old Nikon D7000/70-300 VR in every aspect aside from speed of auto focus. The image quality and contrast are everything you would expect from Fuji. Great lens at a reasonable price

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                  5.0

                  Excellent lens

                  By Piotr

                  from NY

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                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                        It is very sharp from edge to edge. Excellent image quality. The optical stabilization is great. I highly recommend this lens.

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                        5.0

                        Really Fine Optics

                        By Jim Erickson

                        from Blue Ridge, Ga

                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                        This is a winner for sure. I now have the Fuji Triology. A 10-24, 18-55, and the 55-200. The image quality is some of the best I've ever shtot.

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic!!

                        By Armando

                        from Tampa, FL

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                            I purchased this lens for my X-T1. The sharpness and color rendition are excellent! The small size and weight make it perfect for travel. I could not be happier with my growing Fuji system.

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                            4.0

                            Great zoom with great stabilisation

                            By Nicolas

                            from Cambridge, MA

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                            This zoom delivers good optical quality for the price. It is a little bit heavy comparing to the weight of the X-T1 body, but nothing to be compared with what would weight the same in full frame. The stabilization works great.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent like all Fujinon lenses

                            By expoboy52

                            from Long Beach, CA

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • "iffy" Autofocus At Times

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                            Another great Fujinon lens. Very sharp, great Bokeh. Can almost double as a macro lens due to close focus distance at 200mm. I found the autofocus to be a little "hesitant" in certain situations, particularly in scenes with lack of contrast between elements. Focus "peaking" helps in this circumstance. Would not hesitate to purchase again.

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                            4.0

                            Quality Piece of Kit

                            By JackRack

                            from Annapolis, MD.

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                              It is as advertised - an excellent lens.

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                              5.0

                              Great lens, sharp and versatile

                              By algraz

                              from NJ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Lens:

                                  With this lens now I can leave the heavy DSLR at home and only carry my X-T1 with the 18-55 and this one. I use it for a wide range of situations, from events to portraits and sports, it always performed very well, indoor and outdoor. Very sharp lens with good color rendering, minimal distorsion, and the OIS is very effective. The zoom ring is very stiff, but it seems to be getting a little better after few weeks of not so heavy use. built quality is very good. Overall I am very pleased with this lens, it is a terrific value.

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