Given the opportunity to try out Fuji's XF55-200mm long lens for a week or two, I'd be a bit daft to say no, even though it's something I'm not sure would appeal to me as I tend not to shoot at that kind of length very often.
Having heard mixed reports in terms of both quality of image and build, I'm rather interested to know just what this lens is capable of, and indeed whether it's a lens I would really make use of in my day to day shooting bag.
With similar characteristics to the 18-55mm there is an aperture ring, that's displayed on-screen rather than through aperture marks on the lens barrel, the way they do with Fuji primes. There is also an "A" position as well as one for manual aperture control. As with the shorter zoom the OIS On-Off (stabilization) switch can be found on the lens barrel too.
First impressions apart from the usual Fuji build quality is the size. Given that I usually use the 35mm prime lens or 18-55mm zoom lens, the 55-200mm (equivalent to an 80-300mm in terms of angle of coverage) is a whopper in comparison! At the time of launch I recall there was some criticism that Fuji had made it a variable aperture (f3.5 - 4.5) rather than a constant aperture that had been rumoured, one can only imagine the size it might have been.
I've so far taken a handful of images with it, and it's tack sharp. The X-Pro1 under any circumstances will never be accused of being industry standard in terms of auto focussing speeds but one things for sure, the AF lock is consistent and when it locks, the images it produces are razor sharp at whatever aperture you're shooting at.
Hopefully over the next week or two I'll find some opportunities to really put it through its paces in a variety of situations and pop up my thoughts here for further thought.