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My Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 II OIS Lens Review

Andrew L (gryphon1911)

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Fuji makes 2 medium to long telephoto zooms. I've previously owned the Fujinon 55-200mm XF f/3.5-4.8 OIS lens and now own the Fuji 50-230-f/4.5-6.7 II OIS lens.


Note that all images taken with this lens for this review were on the Fuji XPRO2.


50073739597_c65fc3cf97_o.jpg?w=819 1/340, f/8, ISO 250 @ 230mm


50083713983_0de8018f4f_o.jpg?w=1024 1/350, f/6.7, ISO 400 @ 230mm


As far as APS-C zoom lenses go, this one I find to be a good size. I have a hydration backpack with a set of 2 small pockets. The larger of the 2 pockets can hold the 50-230mm Fuji lens with room to spare.

It weighs very little as the lens is made of mostly plastic, including a plastic lens mount.


Being an XC lens, it is missing the aperture ring on the lens. Aperture is controlled via a command dial on the camera itself.

I do experience lens creep on this lens. Lens creep is when the lens barrel zooms on its own when pointed down by effect of gravity and the weight of the lens itself. I combat this by using one of those silicone wrist bands and placing it at the neck end of the lens. This gives sufficient resistance and prevents the lens creep effect when carrying via the Black Rapid straps system I use.


I find the zoom to be clean and smooth. There is a little bit of feedback from the plastics that are in contact with each other, but nothing off-putting.

It is not as solid feeling as the Fuji 55-200, but feels comparable to if not a little more solid than say a Nikon 55-200mm DX lens.


50084297936_d07f828b1c_o.jpg?w=1024 1/500, f/6.7, ISO 400 @ 230mm

Weather Sealed

This is not a weather sealed lens, but to be honest a light rain or snow shower would most likely not hurt this lens. 


50084534372_6f5c7fbc2b_o.jpg?w=683 1/340, f/6.7, ISO 3200 @ 230mm


50083713523_d615b4bcb8_o.jpg?w=1024 1/340, f/6.7, ISO 1600 @ 230mm (shot through display glass)

Image Quality

This is my subjective opinion, but I do not think this lens suffers at all in comparison to the Fuji 55-200. It does not have the brighter aperture range, but in good to moderately difficult lighting it still does just fine.  Looking above at the bird images, shot wide open at f/6.7, I was getting ISO 3200...but the modern sensors can handle this ISO quite well, and there are plenty of software options to further enhance.  I prefer the Topaz lab suites of Sharpen AI and Denoise AI.


It does suffer a little bit in acuity at the longer end, but this is common on telephoto zoom lenses.

If you do not need the f/3.5-4.8 aperture range of the 55-200, then you could get this lens on IQ alone over the pricier Fuji 55-200.

Check out the sample images in this review to see just how well this lens performs in various lighting conditions.


50006763551_fe52a1d4ff_o.jpg?w=1024 1/340, f/6.7, ISO 1000 @ 230mm


49889618843_7233688fa7_o.jpg?w=1024 1/320, f/6.4, ISO 400 @ 182mm


49923607863_df47a890d5_o.jpg?w=1024 1/420, f/5.2, ISO 200 @ 85mm


Fuji's 55-200 is more sure, a touch quicker. The 50-230 is a bit slower and sometimes racks back and forth when focusing.

With that out of the way, I've not missed a shot because of the AF speed or accuracy of the 50-230mm.

For shooting street or various other subjects, this lens has done just fine. I would not recommend it for sports. Fuji has better lenses for that kind of subject.


I did use it to shoot some images of my dog playing at a local dog park.  It did quite well...but I can see where a more sports oriented lens would have done much better.


49949157556_28e84f25e0_o.jpg?w=819 1/300, f/6.7, ISO 4000 @ 205mm


50007019452_ac419cf493_o.jpg?w=683 1/340, f/7.1, ISO 1600 @ 230mm


50007018302_ff579cedcb_o.jpg?w=683 1/1250, f/4.5, ISO 400 @ 50mm


On paper and the spec sheets will say that this lens is not quite as good as the other OIS enabled Fuji lenses, it definitely is up to the task of getting sharp handheld shots when needed.

It is on par with other lenses in the same category if not a touch better.


For static subjects or street shooting, it does just fine for me and probably will for most others.


50007018437_08790123bb_o.jpg?w=1024 1/280, f/6.4, ISO 500 @ 193mm


50073491966_9feb68d4cd_o.jpg?w=1024 1/500, f/6.7, ISO 640 @ 230mm


50073739002_5863f7b3df_o.jpg?w=1024 1/1000, f/6.7, ISO 800 @ 230mm

Bottom Line

I found a used copy of this lens for $200. I wanted something that I could have AF capability and OIS on my XPRO2. Times when the 90mm f/2 wasn't long enough or OIS was desired.

I could have gotten another 55-200mm, but I really wanted to see how well this "bargain kit telephoto" performed.

Fuji knows how to make an optic and it shows, even in their kit lenses. This is definitely a thumbs up from me on this lens. It has a great price point used and has excellent image quality and a competent OIS.

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