Generally I wanted to write something about one of the more interesting lenses, like one of the primes. But it happened that I went together with my family to the garden of Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin. And as usually in such case, I decided to take with me only a basic, versatile set of gear. And this is why my bag was loaded with just three lenses, including the light, compact FUJINON XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. I purchased this lens as a temporary substitute for something more advanced, what due to financial aspects has to wait until better times. A kind of temporary solution for the medium range problem. Temporary, as can such “budget” lens find it’s place for longer time in the bag of aspiring photographer? 😉
But my opinion about this lens has changed when I was back home and downloaded the pictures to the PC. First look and it was a shock! Did I really take those pictures with this lens?! I must say that it works and it works quite well! Moreover, this lens is very versatile – small, easy to use. For it’s class, it is very well built. Metal and glass. Optical stabilization works perfectly – as you can see below, 1/60s at 200mm is not an issue at all. In comparison with high end lens, it has only two drawbacks: first – with change of focal length from 55mm to 200mm it extends. Almost twice. Why it is a drawback? Because it works as a pump: while extending, it takes the air and while contracting, it exhaust it back. This means that dust gets inside the lens and sets on the internal surfaces. And there is no way to remove it other than send the lens to the service for cleaning. And second drawback: there are no aperture values on the aperture ring. This means that you can set the aperture using the ring, but you are not able to check the currently set value looking at the ring. But nothing is for free: in the time of writing the FUJINON XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS costs 2600 PLN, but the high end FUJINON XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR is over twice as expensive, with price of 5700 PLN.
Can I recommend this lens? Definitely yes. For build and optical quality as well as for versatility.
And below you can see some pictures taken with this lens, which for sure will stay with me much longer than initially planned 🙂