23 Jul Samyang 50mm f/1.2 vs Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 – The complete comparison

Source: Fujifilm Insider

f you are looking for a portrait lens for the Fujifilm X series, the first choice that many 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 and is one of my favourites from the brand.

Before that, the only viable option was the XF 60mm f/2.4 semi-macro lens released alongside the X-Pro1 in 2012. Today the choice for portrait photography has increased with the addition of the 56mm f/1.2 APD, the XF 90mm f/2 and the cheaper XF 50mm f2 (see our XF 50mm vs 56mm vs 60mm comparison here).

However up until last year the system was lacking an alternative from third-party manufactuers. 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 have been designed for the same purpose and their 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!

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