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

(based on 180 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (129)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (78)
  • Easily interchangeable (56)
  • Consistent output (54)
  • Durable (53)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (53)

Cons

  • Heavy (17)
  • Slow focus (17)
  • Poor in low light (11)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (76)
  • Wildlife photos (57)
  • Weddings (32)
  • Sports/action (29)
  • Low light (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (65), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (115), Yes (4)

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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4.0

Optical Gem

By Fred

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Every lens design choice reflects a compromise between features, qualities and costs. Fuji made smart compromises - which may not comport with everyone's needs or preferences.

In this lens, image quality is wonderful and the OIS is excellent. These largely make up for (i) middling focus speed, (ii) weight (not outrageous, but frustrating the weight loss goal of a mirrorless kit) and (iii) f3.5 max aperture.

But, however achieved (optically or electronically), the freedom from distortion is the most distinguishing feature; see photo. The rectilinearity of this lens (and the 10-24mm) are remarkable and immediately apparent even if unconsciously so, and complement my preferred style of imaging.

The OIS and Auto Aperture switches are subject to accidental change while changing lenses, and might well be a bit stiffer - but this does not detract from the overall quality of the lens. I will rarely use manual focus so a bit of tape over the switch could fix that for me.

As noted by many, zooming is stiff, the functional opposite of my Canon 70-200 f4L. This yields no slippage, but delay in targeting your subject.

Most importantly, this lens is capable of using all of the resolution of the 24 megapixel sensors.

 
5.0

Crisp Lens

By Judi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a perfect addition to my camera bag. I have the 18-55 2.8 that came with the camera, and then this to give me some extra reach until I can get the 100-400 lens. Crisp shots, am enjoying the whole Fuji system.

 
5.0

Definitely worth the price

By Christopher

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens thinking it'll be as good as a standard kit lens but it exceeded my expectations. I used it on a recent concert and found it's focusing speed on the X-T2 to work fine. Image quality is sharp, build is nice.

 
5.0

Good buy

By Carolyn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my third Fuji lens for my X-t2. Really sharp images and great color. This Fuji system is beating my Nikon D500 in images that are keepers. Very happy with the Fuji camera and lenses.

 
5.0

great lens

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great piece of kit - wish they had a 22 or 18 to 200 too soon!

 
5.0

Excellent lens!

By Rejuvaphan

from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Verified Buyer

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

Just had my lens a week or so. It is well made, with excellent workmanship. Tack sharp. Very happy with it.

 
5.0

Super sharp

By Andrew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens, really sharp. High quality product. Wish it had aperture numbers printed on but apart from that its great.

 
5.0

Highly recommended.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens with crystal clear images and exceptional quality.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeds all my expectations.

By Anon

from South Dakota

Verified Buyer

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

I have only used this lens for several weeks on an X-T2, but I am really impressed. This is no typical "kit" lens. Image quality is really, really good and the OIS performance is amazing. Bokeh is pleasant and not distracting in the least. The lens is light, compact for its focal length and really well built. These days I am interested in carrying less weight when I go out to shoot and this lens fits the bill perfectly. I would definitely buy it again or recommend it.

 
4.0

Very capable lens

By Jeff

from Undisclosed

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

The Fujifilm 55-200 is a great complement to the 18-55 mm which came with my X-T2. It's a very sharp lens and, while not super fast, is very capable in most situations. It's fairly light weight, being a smaller lens for the mirrorless body, and not too much extra to carry along on hikes. The OIS is a great help since I don't like to lug a tripod if I don't absolutely have to. I love it and would recommend to anyone considering it. Solid construction. Great value!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good travel lens and general-purpose lens

By LA Photog

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this as a lighter, more compact alternative to the 50-140 f/2.8 lens, which is an excellent lens but weighs almost twice as much and is about 2" longer, which prevents carrying it in smaller camera bags for mirrorless cameras. This lens accomplishes these objectives — it is smaller, lighter, and perfectly usable in most travel situations where variable ISO can compensate for the slower aperture. My only disappointment with this lens is the zoom creep. It is big enough that it will normally be pointed down in the carry position, and the lens extends quite rapidly by itself when carried this way. Manual zoom is not as smooth as the pro lenses like the 50-140, but is typical of others such as the 10-24, which is also a very good lens. Image quality seems very good to excellent depending on focal length, but I am still getting field experience with it. I don't expect this opinion to change. Overall, I am pleased with it as a compact lens that I will be inclined to carry more often. I only wish I could find a solution to the zoom creep problem. Maybe the old rubber band trick.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great travel lens that I would buy again.

By Punt

from Marietta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

I am quite happy with the Fuji XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 lens that I just purchased mainly for travel. I already own a XF 50-140 f/2.8 lens which is fantastic however the 55-200 is almost 1/2 the weight, is 2.3 inches shorter and 1/3 inches less in diameter. Thus making it a better fit for travel by reducing the weight by about a pound, and fitting better in my backpack, a Lowepro Photo Hatchback Series BP 250 AW II. Based on a 35mm format it is almost 100mm longer focal length. Given its smaller size I can easily fit my Fuji X-T2, with hand grip and kit lens, a Fuji 14mm lens, the 55-200, and my older Fuji XE-1 all in the camera storage area.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this lens fuji has step up the game.

By Spinage

from Trinidad & Tobago

Verified Buyer

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

I have used this lens and I am loving it fuji you have step up the game with these new lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great lens for the price

By Rob

from Bend, OR

Verified Buyer

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

Sharper than I imagined and nice bokeh for portraits.

 
4.0

Great Lens, very sharp

By Rob Wilkins

from Bend Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

This lens has exceeded my expectations with sharpness and bokeh, the autofocus can be a little slow at times but i have not had issues finding focus at all.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Performs as expected -- and maybe a tad better.

By Kimo

from Honolulu, HI

Verified Buyer

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

The XF 55-200mm is what I consider a medium zoom. It's great for bringing subjects within normal shooting range closer. After a couple of shoots -- an extended one at noon today -- on my X-T2, I find that capturing quickly moving subjects is difficult. Still, roughly 95% of my shots today are usable. This lens doesn't produce the kind of razor-sharp images that I get from the 56mm f/1.2, but that's a prime and zooms can't compete. The IQ is what I'd expect from and X-series zoom. It's small enough when not at full zoom to serve as a travel camera for anyone who doesn't mind the weight. It's not overly heavy, but after an hour of shooting, I began to feel the weight in my wrist. It has enough reach to capture subjects that are relatively distant, and at the shorter focal lengths it can handle pretty much anything on the street. The reach saves post-production time by limiting the amount of cropping that a shorter focal length might require. I'm awarding it 5 stars because it performs as advertised. I'm primarily a still shooter and have only lightly tested its video capabilities. The variable aperture in the zoom range may be a limiting factor, but I'm guessing that one could work around it. Like the other X-series lenses in my small collection, I like the look and feel of this lens -- solid precision.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

4.9 stars!

By Andrey

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I recently received this lens and had my first trial day with it yesterday. I shot about 500+ images during the day and when I was looking over images at night on my computer, I was pleasantly surprised of the beautiful colors this lens produced and how sharp the images looked. I say this is a fantastic lens and is definitely worth the money and space in your camera bag.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens for the money

By Ken B.

from Greenville S.C.

Verified Buyer

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

I have had this lens for just over a week. It has great contrast and sharpness. B/W with the Fuji Acros setting is awesome. It does nice close up for portraits and a very nice reach at 200mm.

 
5.0

Buy this lens

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use it for general purposes. It is an excellent all around lens.

 
4.0

Fine lens

By Ron

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love the focal length of this zoom. I wish it were a little faster. It is sharp and I can hand hold it at 4oo iso.

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