Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS - Review / Lens Test Report
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published August 2014
Earlier this week, we reviewed the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. However, there is also a more affordable option for those on a budget - the Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS. It is often sold as part for double lens kits but it is also available separately for less than 400EUR/US$. Compared to its bigger brother you obviously loose about one f-stop in max. speed but interestingly you also get a little extra zoom range on top. In full format terms, it provides a focal length range equivalent to "76-350mm" and as of the time of this review, "350mm" is as long as it gets in Fuji land.
The Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS is a consumer-grade lens where cost-cutting measures are more apparent. The lens body is made of plastics down to the lens mount. However, the plastic quality is fairly decent and the control rings turn smoothly. The lens extends when zooming towards the long end of the range but the front element does not rotate. The inner lens tube wobbles a bit when fully extended - not terribly but noticeable. "XC" lenses don't feature a dedicated aperture ring, thus you have to control the aperture via the main dial on the camera. This breach in handling concept may be a little disturbing when using the lens in conjunction with Fujinon XF or Zeiss lenses. Fuji also skipped the dedicated OIS switch although most users will surely prefer to leave the OIS activated all the time - otherwise you can use the camera menu to adjust the setting.
The lens has an essentially noiseless, internal AF micro-motor. The AF speed is generally pretty good except in low light. This aspect relies heavily on the used camera though. Manual focusing works "by wire" thus by triggering the AF motor which feels less fine grained than on its bigger brother. A focus distance guidance is provided in the camera viewfinder/on the LCD. Regarding the OIS (optical image stabilizer), Fuji claims an efficiency of up to 4 f-stops. However, as always, we suggest to calculate with at least one stop less though.
|Equiv. focal length||"76-350mm" (full format equivalent)|
|Equiv. aperture||"f/7-f/10.4" (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)|
|Optical construction||10 elements in 10 groups inc. 1x aspherical & 1xED elements|
|Number of aperture blades||7 (circular)|
|min. focus distance||1.2m (max. magnification 1:5)|
|Hood||barrel-shaped, bayonet mount, supplied|
|Other features||Optical Image Stabilizer|