Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 DSLR Lens (Black)
- 35 millimeters Eq. 76-350 millimeters
- 13 elements in 10 groups
- OIS built into lens
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35 millimeters Eq. 76-350 millimeters 13 elements in 10 groups OIS built into lens.
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|Item Dimensions||11.1 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm||9.8 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm||10.92 x 12.7 x 13.72 cm||11.8 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm|
|Item Weight||375 grams||490 grams||318 grams||0.58 kg|
|Maximum Focal Length Unit of Measure||230 millimeters||135 millimeters||50||200 millimeters|
|Min Focal Length||50 millimeters||18 millimeters||50||55 millimeters|
|Model Number||16405628||XF 18-135 F3.5-5.6 OIS WR||XF50mmF2 R WR - Black||XF55-200mm|
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it is a plastic lens and not a metal lens and there is no metal mount either but that is what makes this lens light and personally I bought a mirroress camera to avoid bulk and weight. So, I better avoid complaining about the plastic aspect.
No Aperture ring..I miss that..wish this lens had an aperture ring. Maybe avoiding the aperture ring was to cut the cost. Initially, many a time, I accidentally tried to adjust the aperture in the lens by turning the aperture ring that does not exist!! Now I got used to it
What I liked the most
Light weight - 15.35 ounce with lens hood and front lens cap
Decent image quality
Good enough OIS
What I did not like
Slow autofocus and hunts in low light
Cheap looks - silver version
If you read reviews, the X-A1 body is very well liked, and logically should be the standout item in the bundle. After using the body and lenses for a while, one may just conclude that the 50-230mm lens is the star of the outfit.
This lens produces terrific images, even in less than perfect light, handheld -- one could say out of all proportion to it's price. I am constantly surprised by the sharp, lively, images produced by this lens in far less than ideal conditions. Another reviewer had compared this to a comparable Nikon VR zoom, which I also have. The OIS seems to perform better than the VR in this instance. In any event, I just like the images produced by this lens. It's hard to describe, but there's something about shooting with this lens on a Fuji X body, with the camera set to some of the useful film simulation modes.
It's working so well that I am using it on my XE-1 body now, and am no longer looking at the comparable XF zoom lens. The XF version may be marginally better (not actually sure how to define better), but at this level of image production, why pay more for less reach?
Some may say if they had made the barrel out of metal, in Japan and not China, Fuji could easily charge much more than the current price for it. It is probably only because it's so cheap that it is not getting the attention and acclaim of some of the other Fuji XF lenses. This lens is punching way above it's weight in terms of images produced and the inherent value represented.
As for the maximum aperture of F4.5 -- there are plenty of great F4.0 zooms made by each major manufacturer, since not everyone can afford the F2.8 versions. With this lens, defocused fore and background is pretty easy to obtain.
The images won't know it's made by an "economy" lens.
I did shoot some low-light moving subjects with this lens, and the OIS seemed to protect well against motion blur. I found a picture taken at 1/60 while zoomed all the way in (230mm) to still be tack sharp. I've used the Nikon 70-300 VR (not VR-ii) lens and I would say this lens pretty much compared in both image quality and stabilization. Note: I have not done a side-by-side test of this lens with any other lens directly, only comparing photos taken in similar scenes at different locations.
I used this lens on a X-M1 body with excellent results. If you recently acquired an X series body and came from a point-and-shoot, I can tell you this lens will knock your socks off when compared to the long zoom of a point and shoot. For the price of this lens, you can't get closer to your subject with more color and detail.
My only cons is it was a little more "plastic" than I would have preferred. But the build quality is not inconsistent with this price point. Also, there is no dedicated f-stop ring, so you have to use the secondary control dial when shooting in A or M mode.
Ultimately, I decided I wanted Fuji's faster XF 55-200mm instead, as the extra stop means a lot to me.
Hobbyist, vacation shooters, or the budget conscious should put this lens on their short list. Unless you know you really need the 55-200 instead, this will be the perfect solution.
Brown body style X-M1 users should consider the silver version of this lens, as it would match the design of your camera. The black version (this one) looks great on the black or black/silver X-M1.