Today, Fuji unveiled the Fujinon XF55-200mm F/3.5-4.8R LM OIS to become the second zoom in their lineup of X-mount lenses designed for mirrorless cameras. The new 55-200mm telephoto zoom perfectly complements the XF18-55mm F/2.8-4R OIS released late last year. Like its companion, the 55-200mm offers a brighter-than-usual maximum aperture compared to other lenses with APS-C coverage.
If its name seems like a mouthful, that is because Fuji has packed an impressive set of features into this telephoto lens. Crucially for a telephoto lens, the XF55-200mm includes Optical Image Stabilization with a claimed advantage of up to 4.5 stops compared to hand-holding. This lens also includes dual Linear Motors to focus quickly. Recall that Fujinon X-mount lenses use fly-by-write Manual Focus, so the motors also help to focus manually.
There is also an unmarked aperture ring, just like on the XF18-55mm. This is Fuji’s solution to having an aperture ring on variable aperture zoom lenses. A separate switch selects between automatic and manual aperture selection. The aperture itself is made of 7 rounded blades for an ultra-smooth bokeh.
The XF55-200mm F/3.5-4.8R LM OIS features a durable metal body with three rings to control, zoom, focus and aperture. It uses two ED lens elements and one Super-RD with HT-EBC lens coating to minimize chromatic aberrations and flare.
Fuji expects this new lens to be available in June for a suggested price of $700 USD. It can already be pre-ordered from B&H Photo.