Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS Review

February 28, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 joe

Two thing would be really amazing on Fuji cameras A full frame sensor & a tele zoom lens

7:50 pm - Friday, February 28, 2014

#2 James

I liked the lens, but at the end i sold it and use mi 55-200VR from Nikon with an adapter to Nikon G.

This lens is too expensive for 6,7 at the long end.

9:02 am - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#3 Neil

The weight of this lens is ?????

6:25 pm - Saturday, May 10, 2014

#4 Danny

If you are using manual settings and change the aperture with the command dial, how do you get the (3x) zoom in the display to help with manual focus? (On the xf lens this is done by clicking the command dial but i’m guessing that isn’t the case with the xc!)

7:27 pm - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

#5 bob mielke

This lens requires an immediate upgrade to a Fuji X-E1 user to allow for it to function properly. For the first time user of this class of camera/lens it can be a daunting experience finding that firmware update and getting it installed properly. Then it’s back through the menu system to get everything set up to function properly such as the OIS.

I am a Fuji X-E1 user owning the Fujinon 55-200mm version of this zoom. My photography student just bought her X-E1 with the 50-230mm zoom and must go through all these changes before she can even take decent pictures. If I wasn’t there to help she would be completely despondent over everything she needs to do to get the camera to function. I think Fuji needs to sell with bodies complete with the latest firmware install. At the very least the store selling this gear should take it upon themselves to set it up considering their staff sold her that lens. There lies the problem, buying a camera online or from a department store such as Best Buy where the sales personnel know little to nothing about cameras or computers. IMHO

8:59 am - Monday, September 8, 2014

#6 magicaxeman

This lens is an amazing lens for the money and not far behind the faster 55-200mm (which I’ve previously owned) when it comes to iQ.

Its as light as a feather at approx 375g, more than acceptably sharp wide open and razor sharp stopped down to F8.
Its the best long “kit” zoom I’ve ever come across so don’t be put off by the relatively slow max aperture as with the fuji X camera’s you can up the ISO without loosing iQ.

I use both the Xpro1 & XT-1, the lens works faultlessly with both.

6:04 pm - Monday, May 25, 2015

#7 Bob Mielke

I know two people that started with this “kit” lens and both wound up returning it for the better made, faster and sharper 55-200mm F/3.5-4.8. The first user, an experienced Canon DSLR photographer found the mounting flange broke on the plastic cheaper Fuji zoom

One of the main reasons I switch from heavy Nikon D800 equipment was to get a lightweight, all metal, smaller, higher quality lens like the Fujinon 55-200mm zoom. As far as price the Fuji all metal, quality lenses are as much as a third the price as Nikon or Canon glass. Cheapening the build quality so that entry level snapshooters can start buying a higher end camera is ruining their reputation.

I’m a contributing photographer for National Geographic and Fujinon lenses stands the test of time and lives up to the Fuji quality mark. The 50-230mm plastic lens does not IMHO.

8:12 pm - Monday, May 25, 2015

#8 Johan

@Bob Mielke; given how easy upgrading the firmware of the Fuji bodies and lenses is (just put the image on a SD card, and start the camera), I am very surprised by your comment. I would expect a photography student to be able to perform this basic task.
The lens itself is what it is; an affordable kit lens, if purchased together with a Fuji body. The 55-200 definitely is a better lens, and I would also choose that one unless buying a kit (usually offered with the 16-50 and 50-230 for a very good combo price).
Compared to the kit lenses of Canon (e.g. the 55-250), the Fuji kit lens is rather good, I think.

9:15 am - Friday, November 13, 2015

#9 Gerard

@Johan on Bob Mielke. Totally agree with Johan. When your student isn’t even capable of a bit of reading…. and when even you, claiming to be some kind of a pro, find it troublesome to go through some simple actions to get this lens in action…... Fuji themselves tell you about these actions on their site, so you can be prepaired before you buy such a lens.Don’t blame it on the sales people, even when they may be a bit simple…. And beside all this, your comments have nothing to do with the quality of the lens, which is actually quit good for the price!

7:44 am - Sunday, February 28, 2016

#10 Pawel Tomkowiak

This kit lens is surprisingly good and working very good with X cameras, here X-E1, same as another cheap XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II. Both are no top class, but with this price and size working excellent.

Is dark, but for better low f works I have some prime lenses, where for daily use I prefer zooms and results are very good. Aperture like 1.4, 1.8 or 2.8 I’m using only in some situations with other lenses, but in most cases, both 16-50 and 50-230 are fast enough - in this price tag of course. Now I can walk without heavy camera bag with camera, two lenses from 16 to 230 mm and still got excellent shots. When somebody paying me, I can get my metal case with other lenses and cameras, but I never do it when I shot for pleasure.

If somebody have problem with camera software upgrade, should buy compact camera (here a lot of excellent, not only Fuji) or stay on in phone camera.

1:23 am - Thursday, April 28, 2016

#11 Barry Mayes

Am grateful to @bob mielke for pointing out some possible pit falls to be aware of. After 40 years of Nikon DSLRs I am switching exclusively to Fuji x. This is the second time that I have tried to switch having been put off the first time by Fuji’s weird menu interface. I didn’t realise til Bob’s comment that lenses needed software updates to communicate with bodies. I read the instruction manuals with my Fuji lenses and didn’t see any mention about software for the lens. So am grateful for this heads up. I am considering the 50-230 lens for a photo assignment to Sierra Leone where weight and minimalism is vital. Most of my stuff on the assignment will be portraiture and am equipped with the stunning xf 56mm f/1.2 and xf 35mm f/1.4 which knock spots off of Nikon. I will purchase the xc 50-230 and stick it in my pocket for the occasional sunset and won’t care about its flimsy mount or getting dust in it or the 6.7 or even its IQ. I despair at Fuji’s menu system and all their other qwerks but it’s about knowing the characteristics and limitations of each bit of kit then once these parameters have been mastered it’s about getting out and just forgetting about dials, menus and IQ and just “feel” the pictures as you press the shutter. A photographer should be confident to take pics without reviewing them to check exposure and sharpness/focus. This is just my opinion.  I confess I still have some way to go to master Fuji kit where I can be confident that I have “got the shot”  and I still shed a tear for Nikon. But with Fuji professional kit it’s no pain no gain. Their stuff is amazing.

2:50 am - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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