Fuji XC50-230mm Zoom Lens Review and Giveaway

Last year I had the opportunity to try out the Fuji X-A2 thanks to Fuji North America. I used it for quite a while before I wrote a review, sharing all of my thoughts at the time. As someone who had lugged my DSLR and lenses around the world, I was hoping to be impressed with this camera it’s lightweight body.

After using it for 3 weeks, I was pleasantly impressed and since then the Fuji X-A2 has become my camera of choice. It’s versatile nature and no-brainer operation have made my photography life easy. I love the simplicity, speed and clarity of the photos and video but the one thing I was missing was a lens to zoom in during those real-life moments when I couldn’t get close.

Head over to my Fuji X-A2 review and check out what I thought of this mirrorless camera. 

My Fuji X-A2 came with the FUJINON XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II lens which a standard zoom lens with a focal range equivalent to 24-76mm in 35mm film format. This girl needed more!

FUJINON XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II

fujifilm x-a2 xc50-230

My tweens have entered the stage where I am deplorable…and getting close enough to catch them in action is almost impossible. Having a zoom lens is a must if I want to catch them with a happy look on their faces rather than a scowl, eye-rolling sneer.

Fuji North American recently sent me their lower priced zoom lens, the XC50-230mm to try out.

The XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II telephoto zoom is constructed of 13 all-glass elements in 10 groups, including 1 aspherical lens element and 1 ED lens element. The lens demonstrates advanced optical performance across its focal range, producing clear images even when your subject is a long distance away. Its lightweight focusing lens and high-precision motor achieve quick and silent autofocus. The optical image stabilization function (approximately 3.5-stops) reduces camera shake in still images and videos that are captured hand-held.

As someone who can’t speak on a highly technical level, my opinions are based solely on the feel, the ability to zoom and the quality of the photos I’ve taken with the lens.

This is one area of my backyard, I took these photos with the kit lens. The first photo is taken to show you how far away I was and the second is with the XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 zoomed in as far as it goes.

fuji xa2 review

As you can see it does have a zoom but it isn’t a true zoom distance. When I’m travelling, I love to bring my X-A2 because it performs well and is super light and portable. Now that I have the XC50-230mm to add to the mix, I’m going to be able to catch all of the shots I want.

This is the same area of the backyard, the first photo is with the lens not extended and the second is with it fully extended to show the full zoom capability.

fuji x-a2 zoom lens

When I used the zoom, extended all the way there was the focal point cross on the screen which allowed me to choose the centre of the flower as my focal point. For the price point of this lens, this is a solid performance.

I took Chelsea out for a walk to try and get her while she was moving. To be completely honest this lens doesn’t seem to love speed so I had to stand quietly and hope she didn’t notice me. This is a lens where I’d pick my position, set up and wait for the shot if I were zoomed in.

Again, first let me show you how far away from her I was and what the kit lens did. The first is with the XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 in the closed position and the second is extended.

fuji x-a2 review chelsea


Now this is the result when I used the XC50-230mm. The first photo is with it in resting and the second is extended.

fuji z-a2 review zoom

Ah the duck face…she’s so cute!

After using the lens for a while, I am happy with its performance. This is a true compliment to a camera I’ve fallen in love with and the price point makes it accessible to the middle of the road photographer such as myself.


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WIN a FUJIX-A2 kit + XC50-230mm lens!!!!


I’m excited to announce that FUJIFILM Canada has partnered with This Lil Piglet and Sober Julie to give away 1 FUJIFILM X-A2 digital camera AND 1 FUJINON LENS XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II telephoto lens valued at OVER $1000 to one lucky Canadian winner! Open to Canada residents of age of the majority in their province, excluding Quebec.

It’s easy to enter, just tell me what you would like to take a picture of, up close with this telephoto zoom lens, in the comments below and fill in the form for a chance to win. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided product in order to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.

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204 Responses

  1. I would love to win this camera, I think I would take a lot of pictures outdoors of animals plants and natural settings

  2. I would take close ups of the many blue jays that have been fluttering around the forested area behind my home :)

  3. Would love to take a close up of one of my turkeys, they all have such great personalities and one has a robin egg coloured blue neck.

  4. I would love to take some awesome shots of my son and the dog, I think this would be so fantastic, thanks for the chance to win

  5. I would take a close up picture of a bees nest in my yard, or maybe a birds nest, or some deer that I keep seeing! I live in the country, so there are a lot of wildlife and bugs i could take pictures of!

  6. Since I spend most of my time in the garden, I would be taking pictures of our school garden, students working in the garden, and observing the creatures that come to visit our garden!

  7. I would give this to my daughter in University who is studying visual arts and takes all kinds of beautiful pictures!!

  8. I would love to take close ups of my two little girls. They are growing so quick. With a point shoot I can only do so much. But the lens on this camera is amazing. The zoom, pixels,coloring, and aperture is absolutely amazing.

  9. I would love to take some up close shots of my cat Goldie or take it outside and take pictures of flowers in my garden.

  10. I do a lot of baking so I’d like to be able to take close up pictures of the baking I do, so I can share it and them with friends

  11. I’d love to take pictures up close of the local plants and flowers on my favourite walking trail.

  12. I love nature and visiting gardens, so I would take close up photos of different flowers and plants.

  13. I wouldn’t know where to start. I’d be a complete shutterbug taking photos of my garden’s plants and flowers, my resident hummingbirds and other feathered frequent fliers that grace my backyard with their presence. My dog Tracker would definitely be a constantly photographed subject.

  14. I love taking scenic & pet photos, so it would be great to take a pic of my dog with beautiful Mother Nature as a backdrop.

  15. we have a small pond in our backyard that has over 40 frogs in it. I would love to take some pond activity pictures of them.

  16. I’d like to take photos of all the creatures & animals that I can’t sneak up on & of architecture that is too high up to get a close shot of!

  17. I would love some great close up pictures of my 3 year old girl, we don’t own a camera only use our phones and I just don’t feel like we have quality pictures of her oh and I saw a bald eagle just sitting in the field the other day and tried to get a good picture but could not so I’d love to have a great camera like this to have detailed up close pictures :)

  18. I love to take photos of flora and fauna! Sometimes you can take photos of animals from a far and it seems up close!

  19. I’d love to take up close photos of the flowers in my mom’s garden, and the birds that frequent her bird feeders.

  20. We are going to Mexico in January for my sister’s wedding. I’d love to be able to capture some great moments for her.

  21. I would love to take pictures of my pets, bugs Yes. my grandson thinks this is pretty cool!), my grandkids and my pets.

  22. I would love to take pictures of all the visiting hummingbirds in our yard! They are so colorful and amazing!

  23. I would take some pictures of the many birds we get to our feeders in our backyard. I have tried with my point and shoot camera, but it just doesn’t get close enough. And maybe, like you, to get some shots of family members who seem to clam up if I get too close.

  24. I would love to take pictures up close with this telephoto zoom lens of the birds that visit my feeders.

  25. There is an Owl with some babies up in a tree near my place….. I would love to zoom into them. :) :)

  26. I’d love to get some up close shots of my grandchildren. I am spending a lot of time with then this summer and have seen many “moments” I would like to catch. Having a telephoto lens would make getting these shots a lot easier.

  27. This time of year my first would be my flowers, wild life ., birds and nature in the mountain parks!

  28. I would take close ups of all the criiters we get here, toads, frogs, tree frogs, salamanders and dragon flies to name just a few

  29. I would love to take close up’s of the flowers, bird, our pets (2 ferrets and 2 dogs) and of course my boys love the faces they make

  30. I do not own a camera so this would be super awesome, I would take close ups of my granddaughter, the ones that they do not know about are the best pictures!!

  31. There would be so much to take photos of but my all time would be waterfalls as they are so beautiful. I’m an avid photographer and this would be a nice camera to win.

  32. I would like to take a picture of my cat when he is playing outside,running through the trees and getting into mischief,

  33. I would love to take close ups of the beautiful flowers and hummingbirds in my mom’s beautiful garden.

  34. My son has beautiful eyes with gorgeous, long eyelashes. I’d love to capture a zoomed in, clear detailed photo of those eyes mommy loves!

  35. My kids , my dog , my family , friends, nature , vacations , oh so many things , i love to take pictures , it makes me feel so calm and its so fun

  36. We have all sorts of wildlife visiting our backyard on a regular basis. I would like to get photos of them.

  37. I would take amazing photos of my children, the beautiful forest and wildlife right behind my house and my dogs:)

  38. My daughter is studying to be a pastry chef, and she loves food photography. She uses her iphone to take pics but I know the phone does not come close to doing justice to the beautiful food she creates. This camera would help her to take awesome photos to put into her portfolio!

  39. I would take pictures of my DD\s and all of the wonderful things we see on our farm during the summer months.

  40. There is so much urban wildlife in my neighbourhood that I can’t get close enough to- this would definitely help

  41. As a watercolourist I would take a photo of a gorgeous hibiscus flower and then paint a watercolour from the photo. I love painting nature especially flowers. They are beautiful miracles!

  42. As a watercolourist I would love to photograph a beautiful hibiscus flower close up and then paint from that photo. I love nature especially flowers they are little miracles.

  43. I love the Leica style of the camera body. What a bonus to not have to load film!
    The package will let me shoot landscapes as well as closeups of flora.

  44. I like taking photos of plants and nature with my cell phone, I imagine my pics would be a million times better with this camera!

  45. I would love to take pictures of my grandchildren and the rest of the family. This would be an awesome camera to own.

  46. I’d love to take some close ups of butterflies and bees on flowers. It would also be cool to get some close ups of my pets.

  47. I would like to take pictures of my Children, they are growing so fast and I want to capture every special moment.

  48. This would be great for the kids’ school concerts. I can never get close enough to really get a good shot.

  49. I would love to try and take some macro shots of bees I find them fun to watch and the plus side it you usually get a shot of a flower in the background

  50. It would be fantastic to win a FUJIFILM X-A2 digital camera
    and FUJINON LENS XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II telephoto lens.
    In response to your question of
    What would you like to take a picture of, up close with this telephoto zoom lens?
    I would like to take a picture of my two cats.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  51. I would love a chance to win this prize. I’ve wanted a nice camera for so long. Given the chance to win this I would take close up shots of the flowers in my garden. I have so many varieties.

  52. I am entering as a gift for my mother! She loves looking out the window of her kitchen, with binoculars, to see the different birds that are attracted to her many bird feeders. I think she would love to take close-up pictures of the birds!

  53. I would give this amazing prize to my daughter. I’m sure she’ll take lots of selfies and pics of her friends.

  54. I would LOVE to take pictures of my kids and my dog and flowers and the sky and my food, simply everything. I don’t have a camera other then my phone and always hoped I’d have a nice camera one day, however always other priorities. This would be amazing to win, Thank you so very much for the chance. I sure would be the happiest woman in the world if I won this. <3

  55. I would love to get up close and snap a pic of the Great White Sharks lurking in our Nova Scotia Waters

  56. I’m a gardener and I would love to take some close up pictures of my flowers and garden settings. Finding out about plants or bugs is also easier with a good clear picture.

  57. I love taking close up pictures of my cats. Zooming in on their cute little feet or their ears or my black cats white armpits (it’s adorable!) is something I probably do too often…

  58. I would take pictures of everything, that is what I do. It would be fabulous to be using a better camera and lens, just thinking about the potential photos I could take makes me excited. Mountains, lakes, buildings, people, stormy skies…

  59. I would take a close up of a small mouth bass in the lake. It would be so cool to have this photo taken by this camera

  60. I’ve never had a real camera, this one looks beautiful <3 I would love to take some nice pictures of my kids and family :) thank you xo

  61. I take pictures of my ferrets (I have 4 ) as well as the flowers in my yard and around town (When I go for my walks) I would also take pictures of my family. I take a ton of pictures and post them on instagram all the time!!

  62. I love doing nature photography. I’d go to the Humber valley and see what amazing creatures I can capture.

  63. I would take pictures of all the different hummingbirds that come to feed on my front porch. they are all so individual and so beautiful

  64. We purchased some acreage last year. On it there are 2 ponds with a variety of wildlife species. I would love to get photos of some of the ducks on the pond. A camera and lens like this would help me better identify what is out there!

  65. Hi Julie! I would use the lens to take close up photos of the faces of my 2 year old son, nephews and nieces. I want to start a project where I capture their expressions up close every year so I can / can show them how their features have changed over the years. Cheers! @savvari

  66. I would love to take a close up of a thistle plant that I see on my walks through town . I love thistles and it is the ones with the purple crown just love them .

  67. I live at the lake, in the middle of the boreal forest and guess where my last camera ended up- you got it, I slipped last week and the camera ended up in the water and is now a goner! I love to take pictures of the flowers and forest that surrounds me.
    Sure could use a new camera!!

  68. If I won this cameras I would take pictures of everything…everywhere. I love pictures and sitting looking at photos is a fun family event. Oh the memories i could make if only I had a camera. Thanks for the chance to win.

  69. I would like to take a picture of my son as he leaves for university. That way I will have a reminder of how much he has grown each time he visit home.

  70. I would love to take some up close pictures of nature that we find on our hikes through the Niagara Escarpment.

  71. I would photograph the Osprey family near our cottage or all the Canada geese on the lake. Thanks for the chance! Great shots and that lens looks awesome!

  72. I would love to take some photos of my family with this camera and I would also love to take some outdoor shots of some animals at the provincial park we always visit! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome camera! :)

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