Fujifilm Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR Lens Review : Performance

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Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR Performance

Fuji Xf 200mm F2 Rear Oblique View | 1/10 sec | f/16.0 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
 

Looking first at the lens on its own, sharpness is outstanding both centre and edge, from f/2 to f/4. It remains excellent from f/5.6 to f/8, very good at f/11. good at f/16 but only fair at f/22. This applies centre and edge as this is a very consistent lens over the whole image area.

With the TC, central sharpness is excellent from f/2.8 to f/8, very good at f/11 and f/16, fair at f/22 and quite soft at f/32. The edges are excellent from f/2.8 to f/8, very good at f/11, good at f/16, fair at f/22 and soft at f/32. This is a very creditable performance, and using the TC does not result in any drastic reduction in image sharpness.

 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR MTF Charts

How to read our MTF charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges.

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution as LW/PH and is described in detail above. The taller the column, the better the lens performance.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Fujifilm X-H1 using Imatest.

 

CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very well controlled both centre and edge, both without and with the TC. CA correction is better without the TC of course, but it is very usable either way and in any event further correction can be made in software if desired.

 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR Chromatic Aberration Charts

How to read our CA charts

Chromatic aberration (CA) is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimize the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Fujifilm X-H1 using Imatest.

 

Distortion is minimal, measuring +0.14% pincushion without the TC and being slightly over-corrected to a minuscule -0.05% barrel with the TC. The lens is as near rectilinear as makes no difference and a macro lens would be proud of this result.

Bokeh is smooth and the overall rendition of the out of focus areas in an image is very subtle and pleasing. Sometimes with high-resolution lenses bokeh can become slightly less subtle, but that is not the case here.

Flare is not a problem, although when shooting right into the light there is a drop in contrast. No image artefacts were observed.

Vignetting is very modest and the lens alone only has corner darkening, even wide open, of around half a stop. As we close down, by f/4 it has reduced to one-third of a stop and it stays at that level throughout the rest of the aperture range. Adding the TC means vignetting increases to -1.2 stops wide open, reducing to -1 stop at f/4, -0.9 stops at f/5.6 to f/8 and thereafter to -0.8 stops down to f/32. This is extremely acceptable and should not be noticeable in most photography.

OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) is rated as 5 stops. Putting this to the test, the claimed benefit is absolutely realistic and the lens delivers that 5 stops with ease.

In summary, an excellent overall performance, a splendid lens


Fujifilm Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR Sample Photos

 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR Aperture range

 

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR Other sample images

 

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