I’m still putting together my review on the new Fuji XF55-200mm lens, and as part of that I wanted to try using it as a portrait lens as I thought the focal lengths it covered may suit that type of thing well.

Well, this morning I hooked up with a local model who was looking for some portrait shots, and finding out she was a dancer meant I could shoot something I’ve been wanting to do for a while down on the shore of Windermere.  It also gave me the chance to stretch the legs of my Elinchrom Quadra kit that I’ve recently got hold of for exactly this style of on-location shoot.  Sadly the Deep Octa softbox I’ve been waiting for didn’t turn up in time so I just worked with the Quadras with their basic reflectors.  In the end it worked out well – I hope you’ll agree from the photos below.

Back to the point of this, how did I find the XF 55-200mm lens as a portrait lens.  In one word. Fantastic!  I actually think I prefer this lens to the 18-55mm. I don’t want to give too much away as that will be coming up in the review, so I’ll just leave you with some of the photos I shot this morning with the XF55-200 and you can see what you think for yourself.

Non of the images have any sharpening applied, the camera was set to neutral (0) sharpening.  If anything, the post has removed some of the sharpness.  Do click on the images to get larger versions.

aDSCF7789FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (128mm, f/10, 1/125 sec, ISO200)

DSCF7769FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (55mm, f/14, 1/125 sec, ISO200)

DSCF7793FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (90.4mm, f/10, 1/125 sec, ISO200)

DSCF7806FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (55mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO200)

DSCF7847FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (55mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec, ISO200)

DSCF7813FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (55mm, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO200)

DSCF7823FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (104.9mm, f/6.4, 1/250 sec, ISO200)

DSCF7839FUJIFILM X-Pro1 (164mm, f/9, 1/250 sec, ISO200)

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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor.
His portfolio can be viewed at memaddock.co.uk

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