Fuji reveal new XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8R LM OIS

The latest addition to the X family gives you some real reach.

It’s official, Fuji X-series cameras now have a telephoto zoom lens. It’s not the fastest, smallest or lightest lens in the world but offering a decent telephoto zoom lens with Fuji’s excellent XF quality opens up the possibilities.

Fuji say;

The XF55-200mm offers a large maximum aperture, a linear motor to deliver high-speed AF performance and image stabilisation that allows the use of shutter speeds 4.5 stops slower.

This is a lens you can trust even in the toughest shooting conditions. Using high-performance glass lens elements throughout and containing two ED lens elements, including one Super ED lens element that boasts performance equivalent to that of fluorite lens, the XF55-200mm offers sharp and crisp image description across its entire zoom range.

With great image stabilization built in, you can forgive the relatively slow aperture and will still be capturing excellent results in low light conditions. While we may not be seeing Fuji X cameras used at Wembley or out on Safari, the X series is becoming more of a stand alone system.

At the same time as the product launch Fuji have taken the opportunity to update their lens map.

Fuji X Roadmap

Here is where the interest lies. You cannot describe how excited we are about the 56mm (83mm in 35mm terms) f/1.2 R lens. Wedding photographers everywhere should be rejoicing and possibly even trading in their kit for Fuji. There aren’t any concrete dates available on when these new lenses will become official but the map certainly leads us up to the first quarter of 2014. Enough time to get excited in any case.

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