23 Jun Portrait lens battle! – Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 vs Samyang 50mm f/1.2
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If you are looking for a portrait lens for the Fujifilm X series, the first choice that comes to mind (and that most photographers would recommend) is the XF 56mm f/1.2. Released two years ago, it was the first lens designed specifically for portraits by Fujifilm. I’ve never hidden my love for this glass; it is one of my favourite Fujinon lens.
Before that the only viable option was the XF 60mm f/2.4 semi-macro lens released with the X-Pro1 in 2012. Today the choices for portrait photography have increased with the addition of the 56mm f/1.2 APD version and the XF 90mm f/2. However up until last year the system was lacking an alternative, less expensive solution. This is where Samyang comes in with its 50mm f/1.2 which was released in 2015.
Despite the slight difference in focal length, the two lenses are designed for the same purpose. The common fast aperture of f/1.2 naturally pits them against each other. There are many differences that we are going to see in this article but the discrepancy in price in particular leads us to ask the following question:
How big is the difference in optical quality? Let’s find out!
Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R
Focal length: 56mm Focal length (equiv. 35mm): 85m Maximum aperture: 1.2 Minimum aperture: 16 Number of aperture blades: 7 circular aperture diaphragm Angle of view: 28.5° Closest focusing distance: 70cm Lens configuration: 11 elements / 8 groups Special elements: 1 aspherical, 1 extra low dispersion elements Lens surface coating:
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