Fujifilm Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review

It is ten year's old, but Fujifilm's mid-range telephoto zoom is still well worth the money

Fujifiilm XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

There is a lot to like about the XF55-200mm, even if it has been on sale longer than most other Fujifilm lenses. It has just the right combination of size and features for most photographers – and provides a decent optical performance too. For the money, you could do much worse than picking this sensibly-sized zoom for your camera bag.


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    Affordable telezoom

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    Built-in image stabilization


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    Not recommended for latest high-resolution cameras

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    No weatherproofing

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    Some softness at edges

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There are a number of different telephoto zooms in the Fujifilm X range - but the Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is probably our favorite choice for beginners, and for those who don't want something that weighs too heavily in their camera bag. 

The XF55-200mm is ten years old, and was one of the early zooms for the APS-C-format camera system. A better alternative for professional use, and for portraiture, is the excellent Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 WR OIS - but this comes at a significantly higher price, and weight

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.