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Gear Reviews

Fuji 55-200mm F/3.5-4.8 Unboxing & Initial Thoughts

By Anthony Thurston on June 16th 2014

Fuji may have just announced a new 18-135mm telephoto zoom lens, but I just got my hands on the Fuji 55-200mm F/3.5-4.8 to review. This 55-200mm lens is a stylish lens that also happens to be one of the few options that Fuji users have in the telephoto zoom space.


I shoot a lot of sports, and so when I got the X-T1 in for review, I wanted to get a lens that I could at least attempt to shoot sports with, this was the best option available. I took the lens up to shoot the Portland Thorns professional soccer team, and for being a lens with a variable F/3.5-4.8 aperture, I was pleasantly surprised. The majority of my issues were actually due to the X-T1‘s continuous AF, but that is another story. As far as performance, I was very happy with this lens.

Unboxing and Initial Thoughts Video

Initial Thoughts Overview

  • It is built well, has a nice weight (not too heavy, but not too light either)
  • Performed very well, even at F/4.8 under stadium lights
  • Zoom and Focus Rings are Smooth to turn
  • Aperture and OIS Switches are solid, feel good

A Few Quick Image Samples

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Overall, I have really liked what I have seen from this lens. I would still take a 70-200mm F/2.8 over this of course, but being as this is one of the few options on the Fuji system right now, this is not bad at all in the right situations.

Stay tuned for my full review on this lens here in the coming weeks, and as always, if you have any specific questions or concerns regarding this Fuji 55-200mm F/3.5-4.8 lens, please leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Greg Faulkner

    did this get a full review yet?

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