Over the past few years, the digital camera market has been transformed by the arrival of mirrorless compact system cameras. Freed from film-era design constraints, these can provide image quality to match SLRs in a much more portable form factor. Entry-level models provide compact-camera like handling and simplicity, while high-end cameras such as the Sony NEX-7, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Fujifilm X-E1 are able to offer a full set of enthusiast-friendly manual controls in smaller, more discreet systems, and with relatively few compromises. However to persuade buyers to forsake their SLRs, the camera companies also need to offer lens lines that will cover their needs.

While most manufacturers have attacked the mirrorless market from the bottom up, Fujifilm's approach has been the opposite, starting with the unashamedly top-end X-Pro1 followed up by the more enthusiast-oriented X-E1. The company's lens line reflects this - instead of starting out with entry-level kit zooms, it took the decidedly unusual step of launching with three fixed-focal length primes. The first zoom appeared with the X-E1, but the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS is no ordinary 'kit' lens, offering premium optics and a faster than usual maximum aperture.

The XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom follows in the same vein - according to Fujifilm the aim is to provide premium optical quality and construction alongside class-leading image stabilization. Like the 18-55mm it features a relatively fast maximum aperture, gathering half a stop more light than most similar zooms for SLRs, and it uses a pair of linear stepper motors for near-silent autofocus. As with the other XF lenses, it offers all-metal barrel construction and an on-lens aperture control ring. The overall picture is of a decidedly premium lens, that's quite unlike the inexpensive 55-200mm F4-5.6 telezooms for APS-C SLRs.

Headline features

  • 55-200mm focal length (83-300mm equivalent)
  • Relatively fast F3.5-4.8 maximum aperture
  • Optical image stabilization; 4.5 stops claimed benefit
  • Aperture ring on lens
  • X mount for Fujifilm X system mirrorless cameras

Angle of View

The pictures below illustrate the focal length range, taken from our standard position. The 55-200mm offers a similar angle of view to a 80-300mm lens on full frame.

55mm (83mm equivalent) 200mm (300mm equivalent)

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS specifications

Street price (Sept 2013)  • $700 (US)
 • £580 (UK)
 • €750 (EU)
 Maximum format size  APS-C
 Focal length  55-200mm
 35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C)  83-300mm
 Diagonal angle of view  29.0° - 8.1°
 Maximum aperture  F3.5-4.8
 Minimum aperture  F22
 Lens Construction  • 14 elements in 10 groups
 • 2 extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements
 • 1 Super ED glass element
 Number of diaphragm blades  7, rounded
 Minimum focus  1.1m / 3.67ft
 Maximum magnification  Approx. 0.19x
 AF motor type  Two linear stepper motors
 Focus method  Internal
 Zoom method  Rotary, extending barrel
 Image stabilization  • Optical IS
 • 4.5 stops
 Filter thread  • 62mm
 • Does not rotate on focus
 Supplied accessories*  • Front and rear caps
 • Lens hood
 Weight  580g (20.5 oz)
 Dimensions  75mm diameter x 118mm length
 (3.3 x 4.7 in)
 Lens Mount  Fujifilm X

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area