The (even cheaper) Nikon 55-200 DX probably destroys that lens.
Wanted the 50-230 for my X-H1 as light hiking lens but I think I have to go for the 55-200 XF.
This is a cheap F11 lens. If you can live with that limitation, great cheap lens. I would use auto-ISO and select shutter speed while leaving it at F11, or maybe no more open than F8. If you know how to take shots, then you would be able to get results where nobody would guess you are using such a cheap lens. I am thinking landscape photos that are not the wide angle type.
I REALLY need some budget reccomendations for getting into night photography both cameras and lenses
no f11 at 135?
My experience is that it is sharp at medium distances (eg : birds, ..) bit very soft for long distance photos. Does somebody shares the same opinion ? Thanks
I picked on up on eBay last week. E150 delivered. Can't complain with that! It's not a fast lense but it works very well in my opinion. Long tele is not a focal length I use much but I do like to have the little bit of reach when I need it. Optically, I'm very happy with it. If you are considering buying it, Christophers review is spot on, if perhaps and sorry Christopher, a little bit snobby. This lense is what it is and for the money I think it's fantastic. IT's auto focus is slow at the long end but unless you are doing sports or fast action wildlife, it's not a problem Oh and another thing, it's light. I used to carry around my nikon 80-200 AIS f2.8 and rarely used it. It weighed a ton! Better photos than this lense but with all considered I'm happier sticking this in my bag and forgetting about it!
It’s a great lens and mine doesn’t rattle. Superb resolution for wildlife and pretty good bokeh considering the aperture. SS 1/180 to 1/250 outdoors.
It's only 200 USD now
How is this lens for landscape photography on a tripod? I've been looking for a lightweight telephoto.
you can get these new on ebay for $150, very tempting.
After all the reviews of this lens I must have bought the “Artists Proof” version in Singapore Airport. Mine is fantastic. Extremely sharp at f8 and with the IS performs better than my Nikon 70-200f2.8. I use it at daylight harness race meetings at f8 so light is not a problem. For the price, the reach, the quality is amazing. Buy and try.
halo Bang , saya mau tanya apakah mirrorless fuji X-A5 bisa pakai lensa 50-230mm OIS II ?
I own the XF55-200mm and love it. I Picked xc50-230 up for $130 in the sales as a 'disposable' travel lens, disposable in the sense it would be used in extreme conditions and if lost or stolen it would be no big deal. Wow, its cheap, tacky, piece of plastic junk... BUT it performs fantastically optically as a travel lens \ if you overlook the build quality. It is sharpish (if you don't pixel peek) it held up to abuse and as I didn't care if it got damaged caught images my XF55-200 would never contemplate. Coupled with my RF27mm for low light and my RF18-135 general use lens it made the perfect travel setup. Do yourself a favour, put aside gear snobbery and grab one if you can get one at a good price. I did.
Is that lens doing autofocus?
This lens for camera full frame or apsc ?
Just bought version 2 of this lens new for £108 on ebay. What a bargain. It's all I need for the occasional telephoto shot.
Is it possible to install a teleconverter on this lens?
I would like to buy a Fujfilm X-T100 camera. Is this lens will be good for telephoto and macro?
great review! The most amazing part is actually the pictures you created with the lens.. how and where do you even encounter scenery like these!! It's infuriating o.0
Thanks a lot!
Can you please review XC 35mm prime lens?
Perfect info. for my needs - thank-you :-)
Fuji should make a 350mm or 400mm XC lens for wildlife hobbie photographers
honestly, for a hundred dollars difference on ebay, just get the 55-200 instead, its got better optics, faster aperture, and less sketchy in general
Is this okay for taking photo of moon?
I have a natural hand tremor, so I’m sensitive to good OIS. I have tested this lens on my X-T20 at low shutter speeds (even 1/30), no tripod and elevated IOS (up to 3200). The results have been excellent. And I can say without a doubt this is the sharpest lens I have ever had, even at 230 mm and the lens open wide at f/6.7. I would wholeheartedly recommend this lens to anyone. Remind the naysayers who indicate this lens is “slow” that even “faster” telephoto covering this range of focal lengths will only get you another stop or 2...does that really make that big a difference? If so, use a tripod!
I got a bit of a stupid dilemma; the 50-230 or the 15-45? The idea is to have a lens for outdoor family videos that doubles as a decent 50mm outdoor portrait lens. The 15-45 seems obvious, but I am wondering if I will need the extra zoom more with kids running or at see and things like that🤔
I bought this lens from CEX in the UK for £85
Saw my cat sunbathing in our garden. Focused in on her left eye with above mentioned lens. Enlarged it on pc, could see the inner backside of my own eyes reflected inside her eyeballs. Stunning lens.
Has the performance improved after the recent update? Fuji just says bug fixes on the recent firmware update.
Because I am an old fart who was raised with manual focus lenses (auto focus didn't exist), I will readily switch over to manual focus using the Q button to change to manual. In low light you can then grab your shot in manual mode significantly faster than auto. So often when I look at guys who complain about softer images particularly in sport and situations requiring a fast shutter speed, the shutter speed these guys chose are significantly lower than they should be. I won't go into how to compute the shutter speed using the full frame equivalency but note the minimum speed applies to full range of the zoom, with the longest focal length as the base speed. At higher speeds, your IS should be off: 1) you don't need it, its redundant 2) sometimes IS can create vibrations once you are into the faster speeds. With this lens if I am shooting in low light, I'd set the lens to manual, with a base shutter speed of 1/1000 and let the ISO float on auto with the lens wide open 3) I'd turn off IS. If this didn't work, I'd then go to auto ISO, auto aperture, IS on and let the camera choose the shutter speed. The lens has its faults but its still a good lens capable of capturing award winning photos. It is significantly better than the 75 - 300 Canon (first lens to have IS in the Canon line up). That lens was worse in low light, but then I relied on the IS which was limited to 1 1/2 stops (and I often questioned the 1/2 stop validity). When I first used that Canon lens my photos were horrible and when I looked at others experience with it, they complained about softness. Quite by accident, I had left my Canon 5D on ISO 2000. The night before I had been shooting night street photography and had left the ISO setting for that shoot. I was in my eating nook when a deer walked into my back yard and was munching on hedge leaves. I dashed grabbing my camera from my bag and threw on the 75 - 300 and shot in auto shutter speed with the aperture set at two stops in (sweet spot of that lens). The image I took of that deer was one of the sharpest images I had ever taken with any lens. And I was shooting through a window I hadn't cleaned in a few years. Latter I checked out my shutter speed and it was right up there, roughly around 1/2000. This was how I learned how high a shutter speed you need often to get shots with a longer zoom. Realize full frame, this lens is 345 mm, longer than my old Canon lens noted above.
IT'S NOT AS SHARP AS THE PORTRAIT LENSES????????
Is this manual or auto?
Not perfect but good quality, and the price is also very reasonable!
I picked this lense also ois 2 up for 160€ around 180$ a week ago in the online shop Techin the basket! It arrived today and everything is super fine. Original packaging and everything. For that price its just amazing
Why would you keep comparing this lens to the 50-140mm 2.8 which is a pro lens more than 4x its price? I would be more interested in how it compares to the 55-200mm which much closer to it in focal length and price
Christopher Frost did a video on this lens. He got it sharp at 230mm, but at f11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAENqX0v4vE
This Lens can be purchased here in Australia, brand new, from authorised Retailers, for under USD$125.00.
Thanks Damian! I had been thinking about this lens to carry when out birding.
I have this lens Damian. I purchased it shortly after acquiring my X-T2 as a stop gap as money was tight and I'm happy to report that it has far exceeded my expectations.
So much so, that two years on I've still not replaced it with the the XF 55-200mm which was my original intention. As you quite rightly point out, with care and a little patience it's capable of some excellent results. The lack of aperture ring is a bit annoying but like the excellent XF27mm f/2.8 (which I love) you soon work around that and yes, it's relatively slow. But the OIS is excellent and it's far better than it has a right to be considering it's low price (bought new for £185). At some point I may upgrade to the XF 55-200mm but for me at least, that would be purely for "snob" value and for now I'm happy to have it in my bag.
I think it actually might be reasonable thing for dudes like me that take telephoto shots once in a blue moon (i mean rarely, not literally under the faint moon light, not with that f6.7 anyways XD). You pick it up, you make your birds-cats-dogs daylight pics, and then work a bit in post with those imperfections it might have, and that's about it! For the price and if you are not too ambitious - I guess it might really worth it!
PS And according to sample videos I've seen - the OIS is actually pretty handy there too!
Never a bad lens, it’s always a bad photographer.
I love this lens, in optimal light conditions it is exceptional! Above all, the value for money is unmatched! Thanks fuji!
I went on a boat trip last week and all I had was an X100 which didn't really cut the mustard, so decided to look for a telephoto. Supposed to be picking this up this afternoon for 120usd. Seems like a good hobbyist landscape, wildlife and travel lens and here in Malaysia it's normally bright and sunny.
I got this lens a year ago for about 150 € , I have to say it was a great deal, I will never regret buying this. I had a ton of fun with it without carrying too much weight
I have added this in after using the 50 - 230 more extensively. You need to know I am an old fart. My first camera was a Konica T3 bought in 1974. Back then all lenses were manual focus. The camera had only auto shutter speed, most only had auto aperture control. With the Hexanon (Konica) lenses, you'd set the f stop on the lens, then the camera chose the shutter speed. It was either this auto mode or manual. The camera only had center average exposure readings. The camera was built like a tank and if the battery died, you could still use the camera, albeit without the metering. This made the camera the perfect arctic and antarctic bit of kit. So why am I telling you this? Well sometimes the autofocus of the 50 - 230 sucks. So I tried out just using the lens in manual and the speed of results was often faster and just as accurate. You need to set the lens into manual mode in camera. I use it with my X T1 and I use the Q button to call up the menu and set it in that menu. Here is short blurb on the first lens I ever owned, back in 1974. I kept this camera till 1990 when I bought a Canon 10s SLR (you probably haven't heard of it): http://playingwithlenses.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-stakes-are-high-konica-hexanon-ar.html
So like many I have fuji gear and Canon gear as well. My Canon goodies includes many L lenses so I'm not discussing a lens without substantial experience using excellent lenses. I have four Fuji primes lenses and I'm very happy with what I have. But my longest lens of the lot is 60mm. I have grumbled from time to time wishing I had something longer. And I do in my Canon goodies, for example the Sigma 150 - 600 Sports lens, as well as the famous Canon 70 - 200 L lens. Simple translation of what I just said, I didn't want to spend a fair bit of money to get longer telephoto shots with my Fuji X T1. I had considered the 50 - 230 lens but got all snobby and decided it wasn't worth it. But I watched a few vlogs like this one and decided to take a chance.
Got to tell you I was very pleasantly surprised, and I mean - seriously surprised. I shot a test pic of my neighbour across the street, raking in her front yard. I also forgot to change the shutter speed that had been set at 1/60th. The image I shot was amazingly sharp, I got her at a more still moment of movement with the lens racked out to 230mm. The resulting image was sharp at a shutter speed that would have given fuzzed results with some of my past lenses. Took another shot of my dog sitting on the sofa at 1/30th of a second, again amazingly sharp. Then I went out into the streets in the evening and shot down the road in very low light using an ISO in the 2000 + range. Again really decent shots.
If you are learning this lens, initially I'd set the camera up on auto ISO, Auto F, and shot at faster shutter speeds, 500th/sec or faster if you are taking moving wildlife photos. Once you start to get a feel for exposure considerations, then get more sophisticated with your settings. I find a lot of newbies don't really appreciate how fast a shutter speed should be set to get a decent sharp result. Remember image stabilization is for general overall reduction in blur but does not affect any moving target like a bird, dog, etc. Only shutter speed will freeze motion.
My one complaint, the manual focus sucks. But still I think a very good lens for what you pay for. Fuji has wisely not compromised on optics or stabilization but instead given up on speed of the lens and build quality. And with Fuji's great high ISO performances, the sacrifice isn't as brutal as you might think.
I have this because I couldn't afford the dearer lenses.But It works fine for me.
Apart of lowlight and build quality, it's a perfect lens even better than some of expensive one.
I own it and I have been using it for wedding professionally and makes my cool money.
What's the diferent between fujinon xc 50-230mm OIS & OIS ii? Please lemme know the diferent
Fairly new to your channel. Really loving it! Keep it up!
You've damned my nice new lens by faint praise.
And subjected me to gear-snobbery.
Better than nothing ?
Come on man, that's unfair.
Remember that for us hobby photographers, GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) leads simply to 'more toys'.
Some of us judge these toys principally according to their 'play value'.
Having fun playing with my cheapo 50-230. Why rain on my parade ?
It's probably a better lens than I am a photographer.
Why T/F are you using a TELEPHOTO lens for your stupid bokeh photographs? It's a telephoto. you bokeh bros make me sick.
Hey Damian - Just watched your take on the XC 50-230 lens. Based on another YouTube review, I just picked up Version II used "like new" for $224.00. Other than making sure it works it has to go under the tree until Christmas. The other review said it is actually better on the 16mp X-T1 than the 24mp X-T2. I own both so will be checking that out first thing after Christmas. I think it will be an ok lens for someone like me who doesn't have a frequent need for a long lens. All The Best, John
wondering how it perform for basket ball tournament? i am having that job at the end of the month and only have x-a10 + xc 16-50 only....
Thanks for the review.
This is a cracking lens for the money paired with the XC16-50mm makes for a fantastic lightweight kit.
Yes I'm fortunate to have the XF premium lenses but for togs wanting to move over to Fuji X system they are the first two lenses I recommend without hesitation if they are not heavy handed with there gear.
When the light gets low ? Pick up a Godox TT350 and X1 trigger 😊
Good review Damian and GR8 that you have bought these two XC lenses to fellow togs attention 👍🏻
I got mine New for £119 on eBay !
HEY! I still love this lens! But one thing I want to put emphasis on: the aperture! f4.5-6.7 doesn't let in a whole lot of light. This is not a fantastic lens if you're in a low light scenario. It'll do the trick, but you'll have to bump the ISO. Just be aware of that when considering this lens. That is all! Carry on!
I did not completely hate this video.
Hi! May I ask when you take a pic of the african kid with bokeh background, did you zoom to 230mm with biggest appature?
Makes we want to own this lens
Looks good to me ..very good I have to decide between a Nikon z series set and the FujiX-T30 . +XC50-230 My main love is bird photography. Will the tracking work for such Birds do go fast and high as we know .Any ideas :)
One of the sharpest Fuji zoom lens. At 50mm sharpest with f5.6. At 100mm sharpest with f6.7. At 230mm with f9. Watching Ken Rockwell review on this lens may help. Unless we all want to become wall photographers ;)
Gracias viejo !!! Muy buena recomendación
So i can buy it for my xa7
The point brought up about professional results in the video stabilization was interesting but I do think most professionals are going to be using at least a monopod for shots where steady and smooth are important.
Great review! Thanks, I just bought a used one, can't wait for it to arrive and start using it...
i love his voice
How is the image quality with fujifilm xt100
Just the video I was looking for, as I'm looking at purchasing a used one of these lenses. Thank you for not only explaining any issues, but also providing an example. Very helpful video for making my choice!
Thank you so much for your detailed and wonderful video. it really helps a lot.
I got this lenses for the same purpose as you but in Sri Lanka. Got it for 130€ on eglobal and when I see the images i took on the safaris I always need to double check that the image was actually shot with this piece of plastic.
Nice video dude. Love it.
Thanks for the review, think I'm going to grab one off ebay for like $145. Don't think I can beat that, I am new to the whole system and am really just a hobbyist at this point, I'm not dropping a boat load of money yet, maybe down the road. Thanks
On the X T3, when a lens starts to hunt, center point focus is a better option.
I own the XF55-200mm and love it. I Picked xc50-230 up for $130 in the sales as a 'disposable' travel lens, disposable in the sense it would be used in extreme conditions and if lost or stolen it would be no big deal. Wow, it really is a cheap, tacky, piece of plastic junk... BUT, it performs fantastically optically and as a travel lens (if you overlook the build quality). It is sharpish (if you don't pixel peek or print larger than A4) it held up to a lot of abuse and as I didn't care if it got damaged , it caught images my XF55-200 would never contemplate. Coupled with my XF27mm for low light and my XF18-138 general use lenses it made the perfect travel setup. Do yourself a favour, put aside gear snobbery and grab one if you can get one at a good price. I did.