XF 55-200: promotional video (with Max Angeloni) + hands on (Jim Siano)


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1) Well, normally promotional videos aren’t the most exciting thing to watch. But this time Fujifilm has chosen Max Angeloni (riflessifotografici) for the promotional video of the 55-200. Just one sentence to present himself, another one for his city Rome, and then you will see Max working with the XF 55-200 in real life and many different conditions: interior shots, on the street, in the studio, in low light, you’ll see crops and hear about the strengths of this lens etc (Max really knows his job!)… and it’s all packed in a 2 minutes and 44 seconds snappy video and soundtrack appositely composed for this promo by Andrea Camilletti! Really not bad for a promotional video. But check it out by yourself by clicking here.

2) Jim Siano hands on the 55-200 here: “It is very sharp […] Much has been made of Fuji’s focus speed with the X-series of cameras… DSLRs are light speeds ahead. At least on a positive note, the accuracy of the autofocus is great. […] I can wholeheartedly recommend this lens for anyone with the X bodies that needs a zoom. As long as you are not anticipating shooting sports, this is a superb piece of engineering. And at US$ 699, it is incredible value.”

  • George

    What did he use to communicate with remote flash at the end? it looks like the hotshoe was EF-X20 and some guy holding a remote flash .. radio trigger at PC sync port?

  • Goofball Jones

    Great, two more photographers that will now be labeled as “shills” because they accepted a gig from Fuji. Remember kids, if you’re a pro photographer, never ever say you like something. Just keep it real and don’t sell out. Also, starving and bankruptcy helps your rep too.

    For reference, go look at what people have commented here at this site about Zack Arias. He likes Fujifilm cameras and did a few gigs for them…but you’d think he now sits on their board-of-directors from the tone of the comments.

    Bottom line, if you’re a pro and you say you like something, you’re a shill. If you’re an amateur and you say you like something, you’re a fanboy. Welcome to the Internet!

    • dtb

      That is just stupidity though…People should say whatever they like. Zach is just expressing that he loves using Fuji cameras. He is not lying – he uses them.

  • Piotr

    Too much photoshop on some of the shots

  • Bernie Ess

    While I generally liked the Fuji X reviews on riflessifotografici, this here isn’t very convincing. Do they want to make us believe that this lens is good for low light (nicht shots) with it’s slowish f4,8 lens speed? It is probably possible, but you will end up doing most of your shots in insane ISO speeds of 3200 and above + lens stabilizer.
    Same for studio portraits: Show me a serious photographer that uses a tele zoom for studio work. And if you find one, he will most likely use a Canon/ Nikon 70-200 f2,8. But most likely he would use a 85/1,x.
    Almost all of the shooting shown in the video would better be made with a dedicated portrait lens. Fuji has one on it’s roadmap, the 56/1,2. Unfortunately Fuji delayed it till 2014, and as Zeiss also chose to bring out some odd lens choices instead of something really useful (a fast portrait lens), Fuji shooters are bound to use less than optimal lenses, like the slow (AF speed) 60mm macro or the new tele zoom.

    • Jim

      @Bernie Your argument is only partially correct. If he was trying to use natural light he would’ve needed a fast portrait lens. In the video he is using a flashgun to freeze the subject and therefore is taking pictures at a smaller aperture, at lower ISO. The video is just for showing the versatility of the lens.

      And please don’t make arguments comparing with Canikon users! It is like saying any professional photographer use Medium Format for “serious” studio work, real photojournalists should use Leica camera’s and only wannabe professionals use Canikon. I really don’t understand this kind of critique. I am sure there are “professionals” out there that use Zoom lenses for portrait work, especially Canikon users. They have such a wide choice of excellent zooms that deliver prime lens results. The only reason “serious” photographers keep using their Canikon system is because they are too invested in the system (Camera bodies, flashes, lenses, bags, various accessories, etc.) to make a switch.

    • Tom

      While I’d love to shoot portrait with the awesomeness of the Fuji X, I just find the camera quite awkward to handle shooting vertically / portrait oriented. (With DSLR, I can shoot vertically with a battery grip and viewfinder is obviously in the middle). So I kindly ask my fellow X users — How to comfortably shoot vertically with the X?

      • c.d.embrey

        Juergen Teller shoots Fashion Editorial and Fashion Advertising using several Contax G2 cameras (a film auto-focus rangefinder). Here a BTS video that shows him shooting vertically (portrait). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmAbKE7aPXQ

        Thie Contax G2 seems to the the insperation for the Fuji X-Pro 1. Also the EF-X20 flash.

    • Personally, I don’t own this lens and have no idea when it will become available in my neck of the woods. I’d definitely buy one (hey, until Sigma catches up, we have no other choice, aren’t we?).

      However, your argument about “dedicated portrait lens” is simply invalid. It’s easy to name a lot of pro photographers using telezooms for portrait work both on location and in the studio; you can start the list with Scott Kelby and end it with… oh, what the heck, me myself. Telezooms are versatile, even the “dark” ones (my second shooter loves her 70-300 on FX Nikon). You can literally go from full height to torso to headshot in mere seconds, no footwork involved. Just don’t forget to compensate for your non-constant aperture.

      “Portrait” lenses are typically chosen for their beautiful bokeh, which is quite often not required at all, especially in the studio. I’d love to get my paws on 56/1.2 someday, but until then… 60mm macro with all of its quirks.

      …Anyway, if some lens maker creates an AF IS version of XF mount “portrait” lens this year, people will buy it like there’s no tomorrow, regardless of its cost. I’ll be one of the first in line. Because I love zoom’s versatility, but sometimes you just have to blur that junk in a background – IYKWIM.

      • c.d.embrey

        What’s a portrait lens?? I preffer a 135mm prime on full frame (90mm DX). Unfortunatly Fuji doesn’t have a 90mm on the roadmap.

    • Nick

      I don’t know but I know a ton of working professional photographers who mostly use their 70-200 2.8 lenses for their studio portraits. I myself use a 70-200 much of the time in studio because at f/8 it is very very close to the primes. The 85 of course is far superior at wide apertures. 85 isn’t that great for head shots and with Nikon at least there isn’t a great current 135mm option so a lot of us use the 70-200.

      Of course here we find ourselves comparing a $700 zoom to a $2400 zoom on a full frame camera which is unfair to say the least. I really want that 56mm lens above all else since I prefer primes on my fujis and I think it will be better for portraits than this zoom.

      • c.d.embrey

        There isn’t a great Nikon 135mm?? How about the AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/113487-USA/Nikon_1935_Telephoto_AF_DC_Nikkor.html Too bad Fuji doesn’t have a 90mm (135mmFF) as good as this.

        • Nick

          Yeah I know that lens, but honestly I’d prefer a clean 135mm 1.8 without the defocus control stuff. I’m know I’m not the only Nikon user wanting a 105 or 135 update without DC.

        • I’ll tell you a secret: Nikkor 135/2DC is not such a great lens. It was a dream lens for me back in the 90s, so when I got my paws on one in late 2008, I was very excited at first… then quickly became disappointed. It’s an excellent film lens, but for hi-resolution digital it’s just not up for the job. I am not talking about resolution (people seldom care about resolution of portrait lenses) – but color fringes are just intolerable. Fringing, ghosting, flare from any spark in the frame… Sold mine, lived happily ever after with the 85/1.4G.

  • Christophe

    Where is the 56mm f/1.4 initaly promised at the beginning of 2103 ?!?!

    • Hello

      56mm 1.2 in 2014

      • Christophe

        Cool ! But I don’t want to imagine the price :/

  • Kevin

    That video is hard to watch. So many transitions, sometimes happening at one per second, while trying to read subtitles…. I gave up after 1 minutes and all I took away from it was that he’s from Rome and that male model looks good on a motorcycle.

    • tim

      +1 .. interesting to see how he gets shots in what are crowded places, the shot of the girl somehow alone on the stairs was nice.

      Big camera with that lens on it …

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