29 Mar Fuji 50mm f/2 vs. 56mm f/1.2

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Today I decided to do a quick test of the new 50mm f/2 compared to the excellent 56mm f/1.2.  The new 50mm f/2 is a compact, weather-resistant prime lens, while the older 56mm f/1.2 fills the class 85mm portrait focal length with an ultra-fast f/1.2 aperture.  Obviously, the 56mm f/1.2 will provide over one stop of additional light, but in other imaging characteristics, how do they stack up?  Let’s take a look.

The Lenses

As you can see from above, while similar in length, the two lenses are quite a bit different in width, as well as weight. The 56mm f/1.2 is one of the legendary lenses in the Fuji X lineup. It’s one of my personal favorite lenses of all time, and I love shooting with it.  It’s not a perfect lens by any means, but its combination of character, sharpness and great drawing style make for a very compelling optic.  The new 50mm f/2 WR adds to Fuji’s growing line of slower, smaller primes, which pack excellent optical quality into a more compact lens.  Like all recent Fuji lenses, the lens is sealed against dust and moisture and features a fast focus motor.

The 56mm is quite a bit chunkier, and takes 62mm filters, while the slim 50mm takes 46mm filters.  The 56 tips the scales at 405g, while the 50mm comes in at less than half the weight: 200g. Both lenses focus pretty well…

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