Fuji XC 50-230mm mini review
  • roryproryp
    Posts: 42
    I saw a great deal on the XC 50-230 at the Photography Show in Birmingham earlier this week, so I decided to take the plunge as I've been missing having a lens with longer reach since ditching my DSLR. CameraWorld were selling it for just £199!

    I know the XF 55-200 has been well received but it's pretty expensive given the only moderate aperture and focal range. The XC 50-230 on the other hand is a bit of an enigma, there's one review for it at the Photography Blog (who I don't hold in terribly high regard) and no one else has touched it. There wasn't so much as a Flickr group for the lens until I created one this evening.

    So is this lens awful, is that why it has so little coverage? Absolutely not - I've been really pleasantly surprised, the 50-230 is definitely a keeper. It's sharp, lightweight and focuses quickly and silently. Unlike its kit lens sibling, the XC 16-50, it doesn't overly rely on software distortion correction and produces little in the way of chromatic aberration. I know some people balk at the thought of a lens with a maximum aperture of f6.7 at the long end, but I find in reality I usually shoot f8 or f11 with this kind of lens as you usually want more depth of field not less. Even f6.7 is enough to safely blur the background to nothingness if you position yourself correctly in relation to your subject. The OIS seems to work really well, the focusing is fast and totally silent. It uses internal focusing so the lens doesn't pump in and out while it finds focus. Sadly the lens does have a plastic mount and Fuji only gives you a crap push on end cap rather than the usual screw on sort, but never mind. It still does the job!

    I've not had a chance to take a great number of pictures with the lens yet, but hopefully after a couple of months I'll have enough to offer a proper review on my blog. For now here's a few:



    X-E1, 8mm fisheye, 18mm f2, 27mm f2.8, 50mm f2 Pentax, 50mm f1.4 Takumar, 60mm f2.4 macro, 135mm f3.5 Takumar, Lens Turbo

    www.lightpriority.net
  • roryproryp
    Posts: 42
    Also here are a couple of 100% crops from the Canada Goose shot above. This was processed in Iridient Developer so I could turn off distortion correction but it looks damn good in Lightroom too. This is at 230mm.

    X-E1, 8mm fisheye, 18mm f2, 27mm f2.8, 50mm f2 Pentax, 50mm f1.4 Takumar, 60mm f2.4 macro, 135mm f3.5 Takumar, Lens Turbo

    www.lightpriority.net
  • zerodichriszerodichris
    Posts: 15
    £200 ... How much more is the 55-200 ?

    I don't normally use long zooms my last one was an old 70-210 f4 from Nikon and before that the uber cheap 70-300 f3.5/5.6.

    How would you say the 50-230 stacks up against those ?

    I've actually got a 200mm f4 Nikkor prime that I use on my Fuji's but without OIS and AF my shutter speeds have to be quite high a cheap (cheaper) zoom and lightweight would be quite nice to own :-)
    I just like to take photos im no pro - http://www.flickr.co...s/98279477@N05/
  • roryproryp
    Posts: 42
    The best price I saw for the XF 55-200 at the show was around £530, street is about £550. So over £300 more expensive for a slightly faster max aperture and moderately better build quality. The XC lens is lighter and has a better overall range too so I'm not quite sure how Fuji justifies such a premium for the XF model.

    I've not shot the 70-210 f4, but I had the 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 in both it's VR and non VR versions. I'd say the quality is as good or better than the VR version. It's much better than Nikons 55-200 f4.5-5.6 as well which I owned briefly.
    X-E1, 8mm fisheye, 18mm f2, 27mm f2.8, 50mm f2 Pentax, 50mm f1.4 Takumar, 60mm f2.4 macro, 135mm f3.5 Takumar, Lens Turbo

    www.lightpriority.net
  • zerodichriszerodichris
    Posts: 15
    Cool thanks , I'm not in the UK until sept so I guess that £200 deal will have gone by then , the 55-200 where I am is £450 brand new here and the 50-230 isn't far behind. But there doing deals with the XA1 with dual lens package (16-50+50-230) for about £470
    I just like to take photos im no pro - http://www.flickr.co...s/98279477@N05/
  • turpisturpis
    Posts: 1
    50-230 is currently on offer at fuji. If you buy x-a1 or m1 you can get it for free. It is enough to send claim form with receipt attached. I have just received one. I must admit lens is performing very well with my x-a1. I din't had time to it for longer walk, but after few shots at home I can tell is good enough for me.
  • milandromilandro
    Posts: 143
    I have said this in another couple of threads on this lens.

    This lens is really nice and not only “ for the money” that it costs (or doesn’t cost if you get one for free! Although we don’t have that kind of thing in the Netherlands, they offer it for very little in combination with XA-1, XM-1 or XE-1with the 18-55 or with the 16-50).

    So, now there are many on offer in the classified ads for little money. I paid 200€ from someone who had bought it as a kit with a XA-1 and a 16-50 at 499€ for everything!)

    The results are very nice. Yes, true, this doesn’t feature a monster aperture but my take on the function of apertures of mirrorless cameras, vision and focussing, is that since you are not looking at a physical image but at one made and enhanced by the evf the difference that you would notice is little or none compare to a faster lens.

    Most of us would use this lens in autofocus mode and it is really quick! The lack of aperture controls on the lens itself is a minor spot of bother, but yes, it is not there.

    I am happy about it.


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