19 Feb Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 R Review
Source: Fujifilm Insider
This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens made for Fuji’s line of X-Series cameras. This short telephoto lens (85mm full-frame equivalent) was released in February of 2014 and quickly became known as one of the best prime portrait lenses on the market, mirrorless or otherwise. This lens is not to be confused with Fuji’s other 56mm, the XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD. The APD version incorporates a controllable apodizing filter into its design, for even more pleasing bokeh! However, this comes at a cost, both from a technical point of view and a financial one. The APD lens does not use phase detect AF, which is a detriment in low lighting and it also costs $500 more than the regular version. This review only discusses the Fujifilm’s XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens.
The XF 56mm f/1.2 R is solidly built and felt great attached to my Fuji X-T2. It is super sharp, even wide open, and exhibits beautifully dreamy bokeh. As is the case with any ultra-fast prime, it takes time to get used to this lens. You must be very careful with your technique. When shot wide open, the slightest miss on your focus leads to images destined for the delete bin.
This lens is not Fujifilm’s fastest focusing lens (which I discuss later), and it is not weather sealed, as is Fuji’s newer XF50mmF2 R WR lens. However, optically it is an incredible lens and excellent value for its $999 price tag….
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