Fujifilm Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II review

The Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II is a neat, lightweight telephoto zoom with good reach

Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II
(Image: © Fujifilm)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Impressively compact and lightweight for a telephoto zoom, this practically pocket-sized lens weighs in at just 370g and is very easy to live with. Designed for Fujifilm’s APS-C format X-series cameras, the lens’s zoom range equates to a useful 76-350mm in full-frame terms. However, downsizing and weight-loss come at the expense of a less than speedy aperture rating and a plastic rather than metal mounting plate. Performance is good overall but levels of sharpness could be better.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Competitive price tag

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    Decent overall performance


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    Lackluster sharpness

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    Plastic mounting plate

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    Lacks any weather-seals

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The Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II is a tempting compact, lightweight and affordable telephoto zoom. It’s a strong candidate as the first additional lens to buy, for Fujifilm camera owners who already have a Fujinon XC15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ standard zoom as part of a kit with bodies like the X-A5, or another ‘XC’ series standard kit zoom.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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