richardanthony's reviews

  • Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Amazing build quality, IQ, sharpness
    3.5-4.8 aperture

    I had some hesitations purchasing this lens coming from the Nikon camp. My previous 70-200 2.8 was a stellar machine to work with. I wanted to achieve a similar look but had my doubts. I knew the aperture range wasn't the best but looking at several reviews I've seen with some work I could achieve some great looking images using the longer end of the zoom. So far I'm extremely impressed with it's focusing properties, IQ and sharpness. The micro contrast is right up there with the best. I actually attempted to use this for sports and was pretty surprised by its abilities. The biggest short falls lie's within the Fuji focusing speed but to be completely honest it's not that bad. Coming from a D600 my EX-1 with the most recent updates with this lens works very well. Again this isn't a sports lens just can be used if needed with some good technique. I can't recommend this lens enough. I would have loved a fixed 2.8 but it would've been huge and that defeats the purpose of the system. The bokeh is awesome just his the buy now button, you won't regret it.

    reviewed October 30th, 2013 (purchased for $699)