I was looking through my pictures this morning and found this shot I did with the new Fuji 55-200mm zoom and my X Pro 1. Another meerkat . This lens is so sharp I just love it enjoy. Shot at 200mm at f7 iso 1600
Today I shot some pictures at Melbourne’s zoo. The occasion was to test out and learn the pro’s and cons of the Fuji 55-200 lens.
I have to say I was really impressed by its performance . Bokeh is lovely. Auto focus in my opinion is probably the best I have seen in the X system to date. I found the image stabilisation to work fantastically well. That being an important feature for myself as I have never had the steadiest hands. The lens is heavy compared to other X system lenses. But it is very light compared to full size SLR lenses.
The pictures here are edited in Lightroom using VSCO film filters for Fuji Cameras.
The lens was very well balanced in hand and I also have to say I wear a black rapid camera strap . It never felt to weighty hanging by my side.
The lens is very very sharp especially around F8. I think this is the best aperture to shoot with the lens. Since the XPRO 1 can shoot so clean in high ISO’s I feel keeping it at F8 is very workable on a shoot.
The focus ring is quite stiff as noted in other reviews but you soon get used to it. Although I am not a fan of getting rid of the aperture marks on the lens , this again is something you get used to.
The lens is fun to shoot with, you can track moving objects and focus, With practice. All in all I am very happy with it. It delivered or exceeded my expectations.
So this picture is shot at iso 6400 . Remarkable considering the high iso rating.
It is definitely usable. If it was a matter of getting the shot or not 6400 is the way to go. I was using f1.8 and getting 110th of a second which isnt to bad at all.
I am continually being impressed by what the camera can do.
It is now old news about the X Pro 1 lens roadmap, but it got me thinking.
What out of the roadmap do I think will suit my photographic needs?
Well I need a wide angle so my choices will be the 14mm prime or the 10-24mm zoom.
The considerations here will be do I want a prime lens which I will have to work a bit harder to accomplish what I am after?
Do I want the wider 10mm zoom ? In my opinion I believe the 10-22 will be more expensive than the x mount primes.
I am only making this judgment as I think it will be a more complex lens to keep optical performance through the zoom.
What appeals about prime lenses are that optically they are generally sharper and perform great.
If the 14mm is kept at the same price as the other primes, I think I will go with the 14mm.
I should also point out that the 14mm is 21mm in 35 mm format so it is very wide but not so wide you will suffer from distracting distortions.
To keep the weight and size of my kit down I will keep it to a 3 lens setup .
The next lens I am looking forward to is the 55-200.
What a piece of kit this will be . It is image stabilised and covers everything one needs to pull in closer and fill your frame.
My only concern here is , where will Fuji price the camera . My hope is under the $1000 mark . If it retains the performance of the other lenses it could be one of the strongest.
I also hope Fuji keep its weight down, so the kit doesn’t become unbalanced whilst in use.
Come mid next year my kit will be 35mm 1.4 , 14mm 2.8 , 55-200 f3.5 . So I will have a zoom a wide and a portrait lens.
Perfect to cover all my needs and wants.
Yesterday I took the X Pro 1 out and did some shooting at the queen victoria market.
The light was lousey it was busy and a lot of fun. The thing that is so great about the camera is I can have it around my neck always at the ready. Because it is so small no one takes any notice of it.
The camera’s high ISO performance is nothing short of amazing. No longer do I have to be concerned about dull light or non existent light. Set the camera at say 3200 ISO and you can shoot in situations unimagnable before,
Also of interest I was shooting with the 18mm f2 lens which has some interesting quirks. Its best sharpness in my non scientific test was around f5.6 and above . As noted elsewhere it can be a bit soft in the corners wide open. I definitely believe also the auto focus is at its weakest with this lens. The strongest auto focusing is to be had with the 35 1.4 which is very snappy.
Lastly I just wanted to mention that my camera body and lenses are all working with the latest firmware.