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Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS Lens (Black)
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- The wide zoom range of the FUJINON XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS, starts at 76mm and goes to 350mm with consistently outstanding optical performance all the way through
- Superb optical performance is ensured via optical image stabilization effectively minimizing blur when shooting at longer focal lengths or in low light
- A reduced weight focusing lens combined with a high-precision stepping motor guarantees high-speed autofocusing and suppresses any noise from the zoom mechanism.
- 76-350mm (35mm Equivalent)
- One Aspherical and One ED Lens Element
- Precision Stepping AF Motor
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|Item Dimensions||11.1 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm||6.9 x 6.9 x 11.1 cm||11.8 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm||19.81 x 14.99 x 12.95 cm||7.5 x 17.7 x 7.5 cm||11.1 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm|
|Item Weight||375 grams||376 grams||0.58 kg||0.66 kg||0.59 kg||375 grams|
|Max Focal Length||230 mm||230||200 mm||230||200 mm||230 mm|
|Min Focal Length||50 mm||50||55 mm||50||55 mm||50 mm|
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Colour Name: Black
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The wide zoom range of the FUJINON XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7OIS, starts at 76mm and goes to 350mm with consistently outstanding optical performance all the way through. The powerful 50-230mm lens will let you capture your subject at a distance with clarity.
Fujifilm XC50-230mm Lens
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This is the more affordable version of the "XF 55-200mm" lens and as such has had a few downgrades firstly there is a plastic mount, and the lens speed drops to just F6.7 at the tele end and starts off at F4.5 at the 55mm mark.
The range is handy though it's equivalent to a 75-350mm on full frame
Build is good despite the plastics all round the body is quite well made, Fuji use a harder more robust plastic than many makers (it doesn't feel flimsy at all) As this is an XC lens there is no aperture control on the body you'll have to use the control dial on the camera not a huge issue for most users.
A few notes:
- Close focus magnification is 1:5 and around 1.2 metres
- You have 7 circular aperture blades
- Focus is "by wire" the focus ring drives the motor it's not mechanically linked (all of Fuji's lenses have this)
- Built in OIS is good for about 3 stops or so, possibly slightly more if you are good at hand holding
- Front element does not rotate on focus or zooming handy if you use filters
I found the lens to be pretty sharp across most of the range a bit of drop off above 200mm but still very usable if not quite the same "bite" as at shorter focal lengths. Distortion isn't a problem either (there is some corrected pincushion at the tele end) and fall off isn't an issue on this lens.
AF speeds were pretty good on the bodies I've used it on, but due to the slower aperture it's a bit leisurely in lower light and can hunt a bit. The loss of lens speed isn't a huge problem as the OIS mops up some of the light loss, but really dim conditions would benefit from a monopod.
If there are any weaker points the rendering (bokeh) isn't amazing if you are close enough for head/shoulders shots it's not a problem, but if the background is a close it can be a bit "edgy" for my own tastes. I can't really fault the lens in many other places though the kit deal I got was quite good, the standalone price is a little high. Quite a nice lens though and much more affordable than it's bigger brother.
I have used the lens for a couple of days so far and had previously borrowed a copy of the lens to use on holiday - I will update this review in a few weeks when I've used it more. It works very well for reasonably static subjects, even in low light, and in bright light the focus does a pretty good job too.
Some clear pros for this lens:
Compact and lightweight - the lens slots into my camera bag mounted or separately without any difficulty, and is substantially lighter than any of my other longer lenses.
Sharpness - even wide open and at the long end the lens delvers sharp images. Close it down a little, say to F:8, and it's very sharp indeed.
Contrast and colour - both look great on a Fuji body.
Optical Image Stabilisation - it works remarkably well - I was able to make a reasonably sharp image at 200mm at 1/8 second.
Build - not up to the standard of more premium lenses, but pretty good, and it looks nice.
Focus - it's really slow on my X E2. You couldn't use this set up for sport or shooting moving kids if relying on auto focus. I do ok by anticipating and pre-focusing, but it isn't great.
Lack of aperture ring - yes, I know it's not a premium lens, but I would prefer an aperture ring to using the wheel.
Very low re-sale value - hopefully not a major consideration, but it is worth noting that you can pick up a good one of these on a certain popular online auction site with all the original packaging for only a little over £100. This is obviously because the lens is given away with so many Fuji packages, or sold very cheaply as an add-on.
Recommended as a great budget lens option. For me, the low resale value means I would not consider buying this lens new. With a little effort I picked mine up for £120 from someone who had picked up a duplicate through a fuji body deal - I would suggest buying as an add-on, or looking into second hand.
It has the characteristic feel of a kit lens with plastic lens mount, but the build is solid enough for the asking price and certainly no worse than other similar offerings. The full-time stabilisation works well, which is good news considering the tight end of the zoom only manages F6.7 fully open. The current Fuji 16mp APS-C sensor works so well at higher ISO that the lens is at least usable in lower light.
I find the optical quality exceptionally good for a lens of this range. Suffice to say it, rather surprisingly, surpasses that of my Canon 70-300IS DSLR zoom. It is also optically very nearly equal to the Fuji XF55-200, just a little softer full open at the extremes of the (extended) zoom range. The fairly quiet AF system can be a little sluggish in use on my EX-1 body and deteriorates into pronounced low light hunting more obviously than my other XF lenses. Forget continuous AF mode - it can't cope at all. I also find the manual focus ring a little too coarse in use. The lightweight build does at least keep the weight down and the result is a really usable and portable lens. Full marks to Fuji for supplying a decent lens hood, as is standard across the lens range.
At the price I would recommend it to those looking for a lightweight travel companion and not wishing to reach for the XF55-200.
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