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    Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Time for a new thread?



    ISO 800, f5.6, 55mm



    ISO 800, f5.6, 180mm



    ISO 800, f8, 140mm



    ISO 400, f5, 70mm

    All hand-held, OIS on.

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    Not looking good Lee. Luckily I'm in Devon so can take it off your hands cheap. Thought if I got in first you might believe me
    From Mifsuds? if so I'm on my way once I've sold my Pentax gear.
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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

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    In fact I wasn't really sure about keeping it as I am not normally very good with long zooms but so far I am actually very impressed. Shall it stay or go ...?

    I made the mistake of looking at the web site for Devon Camera Centre in Exeter, where I have got all my Fuji gear and before I knew it I was in the shop holding one. Free UV filter too.

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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Lee: the duck pic proves that the lens is all it is quacked up to be.

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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    David

    In fact I wasn't really sure about keeping it as I am not normally very good with long zooms but so far I am actually very impressed. Shall it stay or go ...?

    I made the mistake of looking at the web site for Devon Camera Centre in Exeter, where I have got all my Fuji gear and before I knew it I was in the shop holding one. I think Pieter said he had ordered 10. I am sure he still has some in stock! Free UV filter too.

    Lee
    Currently their site says awaiting stock so looks like they've sold them all.
    What filter do they throw in? Guess not a B+W

    Will get one as soon as I shift my Pentax outfit. Have you ever traded in with them and if so do they offer reasonable prices?

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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    I got this lens a few days ago, and am not sure of keeping it due to its size and weight. Went and tried it out yesterday at Edwards Garden here in Toronto, and then went to Henry's ExposureShow as well.
    In Edwards garden, I ran into a few wedding groups, and took a few stealth shots, and I am impressed. (I'll remove these photos after a few days since I do not have permission to post them)
    Not having many keepers in doors at the ExposureShow. I have yet to learn to increase the shutter speed to keep up with moving animals and Mario's roller coaster. The portrait of the young model is really sharp.
    Although not many keepers, I think I'll keep the lens and get used to it and the X-E1 that I am using.
    Comments are appreciated.

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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm



    200mm, cropped.



    200mm

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    Great shots. You made the second one as if it was taken by a wide angle lens.

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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Well I followed suit and went and got one. Walked in with a bag of Pentax gear, walked out with the 55-200mm and a decent cheque.
    Initial snaps are impressive. These Fuji lenses seem to offer outstanding value for money, not to mention impressive image quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    Well I followed suit and went and got one. Walked in with a bag of Pentax gear, walked out with the 55-200mm and a decent cheque.
    Initial snaps are impressive. These Fuji lenses seem to offer outstanding value for money, not to mention impressive image quality.
    Oh dear. What next? The 14mm seems alluring. No, stop it! You first this time!

    Hope you like the lens David. I am not normally a 'long lens guy' but this is probably the best zoom I have had. It's sort of big and heavy but at the same time isn't, especially considering the reach. I hope to get out with it a bit more next week, hoping the weather holds.

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    Oh dear. What next? The 14mm seems alluring. No, stop it! You first this time!

    Hope you like the lens David. I am not normally a 'long lens guy' but this is probably the best zoom I have had. It's sort of big and heavy but at the same time isn't, especially considering the reach. I hope to get out with it a bit more next week, hoping the weather holds.

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    Yep, maybe somebody will do us two for the price of one.
    However, an X Pro 2 with electronic viewfinder would stop me in my tracks
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    Just got the 55-200mm





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    Uwe: "just got the 55-200"...from whom, please? Not available on the East Coast.

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    Germany :-)
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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Oh dear. What next? The 14mm seems alluring. No, stop it! You first this time!

    It's sort of big and heavy but at the same time isn't, especially considering the reach. I hope to get out with it a bit more next week, hoping the weather holds.

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    Can't say the 55-200mm is big and heavy, at least not if you use a Canon 70-200mm f2.8L II daily as I do. You might say it's large compared to the XE1 body and it's certainly heavier than the body, but weight wise it seems about the same as the Canon 24-105. But the XE1 with a 55-200 mounted weighs less than the Canon 70-200 by itself.

    I've done one very fast test in studio and was surprised that I couldn't tell the 55-200mm or the 70-200mm images apart taken at about 200mm (35mm film equivalent). Considering the Canon 70-200 2.8LII is a world class lens, that's surprising.
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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Picked up this lens today. I quite like it. Posted some shots in the XE-1 thread.

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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    The optics of the 55-200mm are fine. But AF is sluggish and need strong vertical edges.

    Here is a shot with the GH3 + 35-100mm zoom:



    The GH3 was fast in focussing in that scene (on the poppies in wind) while the XP1 had major trouble.

    I also don't like how the lens hood mounts. Again the 35-100mm shows that it can be much more precise even in plastic.
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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Terrible lens. I can't see what all the fuss is about

    It's a keeper. Very very sharp.

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    With a Raynox 250 in front at 135mm.





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    One evening shot. Focal length 156mm-



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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    B&H finally delivers 55-200...first few examples (wide open in subdued light)...nice lens...more to come when bright sun/stopped down opportunities present themselves.

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    The dead tree: my favorite lens testing site...images are crisp (i.e. quite sharp)
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    Close-ups w/55-200...focuses down to about 3.5 ft.
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    Time to revive a long ignored thread...recognizing a very fine lens that deserves more attention...the photography (mine) is not first rate and the main reason for the lack of attention...but...the image quality of the lens is well worth another look.

    The first set: signs. Other sets to come.
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    Re: Fun with the Fuji 55-200mm

    Great stuff Roy. I sold my 55-200 soon after purchase as I wasn't sure I'd use it much. It helped fund a Sigma DP Merrill and , to be honest, I wasn't even sure if I wanted to stay with Fuji. However, since Photo Ninja from Picturecode was released I think I am getting great results from X-trans raw. So I am thinking of getting this lens again - I sort of miss it. However, that 14mm seems to be uppermost in my thoughts!

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    Thanks, Lee. This thread has gone unnoticed for close to a year...I thought I would give it a charge...other than you there has been no interest.

    Re: 14mm: my favorite lens (at the moment)...do you think there would be enough interest to start a 14mm thread? I have been using Photoshop6 for raw processing of Fuji images...have not had any problems.

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    Well, the thread was only started this summer. Anyway, it is surprising perhaps that there have not been more contributions. Are you using yours mostly tripod mounted or do you enjoy the OIS?

    Re the 14mm, well, I think it would be worth it but maybe there isn't enough call for it, I guess it depends whether people are celebrating their particular body + lens combination or want to focus (so to speak) on the quality of the lenses.

    Wherever they go, please keep them going!

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    Lee: thanks for the kind remarks. Lens is light and easy to handle...all hand held with the OIS...seems to work fine. Have you read/viewed M. Reichman's comments on the 55-200?
    He has a video on LuLa where he and his partner go over their "toys"...both of them are very impressed with and apparently use the 55-200 quite a bit.

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    Along the backyard fence with the 55-200
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