I talk about my gear a lot when I’m out shooting. If I show my photographs to someone on my Nexus 7 tablet the first thing people want to know is what camera and lens I used to take the shot. 9 out of 10 times it’s my Fujinon 55-200mm F/3.5-4.8 zoom. It’s what is known as a walkaround lens, the one you take if you can only carry one lens for your camera.
The lens sells for $700 today at B&H Camera, my favorite camera store in New York. For it’s size and focal range, 82-300mm by 35mm film standards, it’s a very “fast” lens at F/3.5-4.8. This means its widest aperture, F/3.5, allows more light in for low light photography. If you can see your subject with your eyes you can capture it with this lens.
The 55-200mm is incredibly sharp. I take almost all my animal, flower and bird photographs with it. I was thinking of a fictional book I could publish titled, “Bob’s World From 6 Feet” because that’s the minimum focusing distance my 55-200mm lens will allow. I use it at this minimum distance as a macro lens, especially when shooting flowers. It comes with a 3 F-Stop Optical Image Stabilization that really works marvelously. I handhold all of my animal shots.
I like the all metal lens hood that comes with the 55-200mm zoom. It’s not the “tulip” design so many camera makers are using. It’s a perfect cylindrical shape that protects the lens well and shades out reflective glare from the sun. That’s what a lens shade is supposed to do.
I have 5 lenses for my 2 Fuji X-E1 bodies, 18mm, 27mm, 35mm, 18-55mm & 55-200mm. I’ve got it covered and each of these lenses is sharp, fast, small, lightweight (compared to DSLR lenses) and 1/3 the cost. Can’t beat that with a stick! 🙂