Last year I had the opportunity to try out the Fuji X-A2 thanks to Fuji North America. I used it for quite a while before I wrote a review, sharing all of my thoughts at the time. As someone who had lugged my DSLR and lenses around the world, I was hoping to be impressed with this camera it’s lightweight body.
After using it for 3 weeks, I was pleasantly impressed and since then the Fuji X-A2 has become my camera of choice. It’s versatile nature and no-brainer operation have made my photography life easy. I love the simplicity, speed and clarity of the photos and video but the one thing I was missing was a lens to zoom in during those real-life moments when I couldn’t get close.
Head over to my Fuji X-A2 review and check out what I thought of this mirrorless camera.
My Fuji X-A2 came with the FUJINON XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II lens which a standard zoom lens with a focal range equivalent to 24-76mm in 35mm film format. This girl needed more!
FUJINON XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II
My tweens have entered the stage where I am deplorable…and getting close enough to catch them in action is almost impossible. Having a zoom lens is a must if I want to catch them with a happy look on their faces rather than a scowl, eye-rolling sneer.
Fuji North American recently sent me their lower priced zoom lens, the XC50-230mm to try out.
The XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II telephoto zoom is constructed of 13 all-glass elements in 10 groups, including 1 aspherical lens element and 1 ED lens element. The lens demonstrates advanced optical performance across its focal range, producing clear images even when your subject is a long distance away. Its lightweight focusing lens and high-precision motor achieve quick and silent autofocus. The optical image stabilization function (approximately 3.5-stops) reduces camera shake in still images and videos that are captured hand-held.
As someone who can’t speak on a highly technical level, my opinions are based solely on the feel, the ability to zoom and the quality of the photos I’ve taken with the lens.
This is one area of my backyard, I took these photos with the kit lens. The first photo is taken to show you how far away I was and the second is with the XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 zoomed in as far as it goes.
As you can see it does have a zoom but it isn’t a true zoom distance. When I’m travelling, I love to bring my X-A2 because it performs well and is super light and portable. Now that I have the XC50-230mm to add to the mix, I’m going to be able to catch all of the shots I want.
This is the same area of the backyard, the first photo is with the lens not extended and the second is with it fully extended to show the full zoom capability.
When I used the zoom, extended all the way there was the focal point cross on the screen which allowed me to choose the centre of the flower as my focal point. For the price point of this lens, this is a solid performance.
I took Chelsea out for a walk to try and get her while she was moving. To be completely honest this lens doesn’t seem to love speed so I had to stand quietly and hope she didn’t notice me. This is a lens where I’d pick my position, set up and wait for the shot if I were zoomed in.
Again, first let me show you how far away from her I was and what the kit lens did. The first is with the XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 in the closed position and the second is extended.
Now this is the result when I used the XC50-230mm. The first photo is with it in resting and the second is extended.
Ah the duck face…she’s so cute!
After using the lens for a while, I am happy with its performance. This is a true compliment to a camera I’ve fallen in love with and the price point makes it accessible to the middle of the road photographer such as myself.
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WIN a FUJIX-A2 kit + XC50-230mm lens!!!!
I’m excited to announce that FUJIFILM Canada has partnered with This Lil Piglet and Sober Julie to give away 1 FUJIFILM X-A2 digital camera AND 1 FUJINON LENS XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II telephoto lens valued at OVER $1000 to one lucky Canadian winner! Open to Canada residents of age of the majority in their province, excluding Quebec.
It’s easy to enter, just tell me what you would like to take a picture of, up close with this telephoto zoom lens, in the comments below and fill in the form for a chance to win. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was provided product in order to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.