The X-Pro1, 55-200mm lens and an energetic boy

The great thing about a lens like the Fuji 55-200mm is that you can quickly zoom to re-frame your shot – essential when you are trying to capture a five-year old boy who never keeps still.  Most definitely not the easiest of subjects and a real challenge for the Fuji focus system.  No doubt about it, I struggled with both the single and continuous focus modes. The light was low and the ISO speed was up around the 2000 mark. Most camera and lens combination would have been struggling in these circumstances!

What I found worked best for me was to switch to Manual focus and then use the AF button on the back of the camera to get the focus.  This method with a bit of anticipation of where the little bundle of energy would move next meant that I was getting some shots and some of them were even sharp.  It also helped that like my camera, this little boy’s battery gradually started to run out and he got progressively slower and easier to nail. Oh the joys of photographing children.  In the end I was happy with the shots I got and as usual when the Fuji gets it right, it really does produce fantastic pictures.

 

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  1. Paul,

    Thank for for all the information on the Fuji 55-200, it’s very helpful as I try to justify whether to buy one or not. I’m used to my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM II, and love it. So, with the numbers on the Fuji, I too am undecided. Your reviews and photos are making it easier for me to decide. I’m most likely going to try one out for a week or two and see if I like it.
    More importantly than the lens, are these great photos of this boy. I love photographing kids, mostly playing sports, but they are my favorite subjects. You gotta love them. I love these shots, and to me, it’s what photography is all about.

    Thank you.
    Alan

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    • Thanks Alan. Prior to buying the Fuji I used a Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 with my D700, both of which I still own but they get little use these days. I don’t own the newer Fuji XT-1 but I would imagine the lens is even more impressive with that camera and its faster focussing. The Fuji 55-200mm is probably the lensI use more than any other. A trial week is a good idea, just don’t expect to be giving it back!

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      • Thanks Paul. You’re right, I probably will end up keeping it. I own the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55 and the 35 f/1.4, both of which I love. I’m debating on the purchase of the X-T1, because I love these Fuji cameras. I use my Canon gear mostly for sports and portrait “fun”, but the Fuji’s are incredible. Love your website and photos.

        Alan

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