Fuji 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 XC OIS Lens (the free / cheap) lens

A while back I bought a Fuji camera that was offered with a free lens; this lens. It finally arrived and I took two test shots.

These were taken in less than optimal conditions from an upstairs window of a clock on the wall of our next door neighbours garage. They were taken hand held and at full zoom I had to use 2000 iso to get a 1/500th Second exposure to control no camera shake. The lens equate to a 75-350 mm lens in 35mm format and comes in smaller, and considerably lighter, than a standard can of Coke.

A review I read says ” It features an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, optical image stabilisation, a high-precision stepping motor, silent operation for video recording, and an optical formula that comprises 13 all-glass elements in 10 groups including 1 aspherical element and 1 ED element. Available in black or silver, the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS lens costs £379 / $399 in the UK / USA respectively.” It is currently listed on WEX at £315 and has a plastic body.

The review also says “The overall build quality is good, rather than outstanding….is pleasingly sharp in the image centre at 50mm and 100mm, with performance starting to drop off from 135mm where optimum sharpness isn’t achieved until f/11….. Priced at £379 / $399, we probably wouldn’t rush out and buy one, but the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS is definitely a cut above the usual cheap telephoto lenses.”

So, we are not expecting miracles. In fact I thought this may be a lens that I sell on on receipt but having seen the test images I shall definitely wait a while and may well keep it. I don’t use a long tele’ often. The 18-135 ( 27-200 is the 35mm equivalent)  lens is superb and covers almost every situation beyond wide angle that I shoot.

So; the test images:

Fuji 50-230 at 50mm.
Fuji 50-230 at 50mm.
Fuji 50-230 at 230mm.
Fuji 50-230 at 230mm.
50-230 at 230mm cropped to 100% with light sharpening in Lightroom.
50-230 at 230mm cropped to 100% with light sharpening in Lightroom. Even the finest lines and text can be seen.

Now the Fuji X sensor files are exceptional but, like any camera, they are better at 200 iso than 2000 so imaging what the quality would look like if I had used a tripod and base iso. Perhaps I will get round to taking such a test and adding it to this post. In any event for a cheap lens this is good in my book, for a free one – well all I can say is well done and than you Fuji.

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