Gear & Tools
Here’s a listing of all the gear and darkroom tools that I use with my Fuji X-E1 & 55-200
- Our Lightroom Presets(click here)
- Best & Cheapest X series Travel Tripod (click here)
- Fuji XE-1 (click here)
- VSCO Film Packs (click here)
- Lee Filter Foundation Kit (click here)
- Lee GND Filters (click here)
- B+W 10 ND Filter (click here)
- 62mm-77mm Step Up Ring (click here)
- Really Right Stuff BX100 tripod mount and grip (click here)
Here it is (sans lens hood) mounted to a Fuji X-E1 and compared to the Fuji x100s and Carl Zeiss 12mm 2.8.
What Does 55-200 Look Like?
So what does 55-200 (on a cropped sensor) look like. Well, here you go! The Fuji 55-200 can take this scene….
…and turn it into this scene from the same location.
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
OIS is no joke, and sure the heck isn’t marketing hype! I can’t believe what it is capable of. I shot this image hand-held at 1/13 of a second…AT 156mm. WHHAAAAT!?!?!? It’s not going to remove the need for a tripod and guarantee 100% keepers, but it is going to save you in a crunch.
Another great use of longer focal length lenses is creating the optical illusion of compression. The idea is to stand back from your subject, and use the longest focal length you can. This will result in visual elements appearing closer together than they are (kind of like your rear view mirror). The 55-200 does a brilliant job of this!
As with all my gear, I like to put them through ‘Real World’ field tests. For the Fuji 55-200, I took it to San Francisco for a weekend. I don’t think there is a better places to conduct such tests. What an amazing and diverse city! Here are a few of those images.
Can It Photograph Cats?
As you know by now, the standard by which we measure all my gear is its ability to photograph cats. The 55-200 excels at photographing the sleeping or lazy cat. However, as noted earlier, the system isn’t the best for straight up high-flying cat action. Here’s an OOC portrait of the Instagr.am legend Mr. Leans (aka Mr. Thins).
I made these images and a bunch of others around the Moab landscape. If you’d like to watch the entire video to see what happens, you can join the online workshop here.
Side Note – You’ll be interested to know that 75% of the entire course was filmed using either an x100 or and X-E1. They both did a great job.
- If compression and subject isolation are an important part of your compositional needs, and you are invested in the Fuji X system, well…you need this lens. There really isn’t much in the way of alternatives.
- If you are looking to use this lens for action work at your local soccer game, well…you might need to rethink the X system in general. As I pointed out, it’s not the greatest system for moving subject that require fast focusing.
- If you are in love with the X system because of it’s convenient size, well….this lens is a bit of departure from the super compact form factor of the X bodies. It’s pretty big. It balances will with the Really Right Stuff grip, but not great without it.
- If you are looking for long lens with great image quality, a pro build, and very functional image stabilization…well, this is it!
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