REVIEW: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Lens Review
2 February 2015
Excerpt: This telephoto lens for the Fujifilm X-series interchangeable lens cameras, may seem familiar, as it's virtually the same as the current 56mm f/1.2 , which provides a field of view equivalent to an 84mm lens on a 35mm camera, sports a very bright f/1.2 maximum aperture and costs around £750. The difference with this lens is that it contains an apodisation (APD) filter in the optical path.
Summary: The Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 APD is a special lens. For most people, the regular Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 is optically faster for use in low light, focuses faster, costs less, and has bokeh almost as good. Remember that while the APD lens has blur circles with softer edges wide-open, the regular f/1.2 lens really is f/1.2 and has larger blur circles. As my samples at bokeh show, it's not that big a deal.
Excerpt: Among portrait shooters, the 85mm f/1.4 or f/1.2 full-frame lens has been the time-honored holy grail of glass. Allowing dreamily defocused fore- and backgrounds that set off the subject to great effect, and the perfect focal length for flattering the human face, these lenses have found their way into the hands of serious portraitists since forever.
REVIEW: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens Review
1 April 2014
Excerpt: This telephoto lens for the Fujifilm X-series interchangeable lens cameras provides a field of view equivalent to an 84mm lens on a 35mm camera, sports a very bright f/1.2 maximum aperture and costs around £890.
Summary: With an effective focal length of 84mm, the lens delivers classic portrait coverage, but is also useful for taking a closer look at details. The f1.2 focal ratio may 'only' be equivalent to about f1.8 in terms of depth of field on a full-frame system, but can still easily isolate a subject against a creamy out-of-focus background. And in terms of exposure, f1.2 is f1.2 on any system, allowing the lens to be used in dim conditions without forcing the use of higher ISOs.
Pros: Superb quality. Sharp right into the corners at f1.2., f1.2 focal ratio delivers very shallow depth of field with nice bokeh., f1.2 focal ratio great in low light: gathers twice as much light as f1.8 lens., Very well-corrected optics with minimal vignetting, coma or CA., Great build quality and lens hood supplied., Works well for continuous focusing with bodies equipped with PDAF.
Cons: Current X-series bodies limit use at f1.2 with 1/4000 maximum shutter., Modest closest focusing distance of 0.7m means it's no macro lens., Blurred specular highlights rendered as heptagons as aperture closes., No optical stabilisation, so hold steady., No weather-sealing.
Excerpt: There are not many lenses with an aperture larger than f/1.4 available on the market; small wonder every launch of such an instrument is an interesting event. The launch of the Fujinon XF 56 mm f/1.2 R wasn’t an exception to that rule, especially that the first announcements concerned rather an f/1.4 model; we were even able to handle and describe the lens’s prototype as soon as in September 2012 during the Photokina fairs.
Summary: The Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R is an interesting lens and Fuji is sure to do well with it. It is an important focal length for establishing oneself as a serious camera brand, because it is one that ‘serious' photographers will want to use - and it has the kind of gaping wide aperture that gets attention and people talking.
Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report
22 May 2014
Conclusion: The Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R mimics pretty much the behaviour of the Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R - and that's a good thing really. It combines an ultra-large aperture with high quality results. At large aperture settings the center quality is already pretty high whereas the borders/corners are at least on a good level. The resolution is much more snappy at f/2.8 and images are very sharp across the image field between f/4 and f/8.
Summary: Podsumowując, trudno nie być zadowolonym z użytkowania Fujinona 1.2/56. To naprawdę udany obiektyw, który świadomemu użytkownikowi odwdzięczy się mnóstwem pięknych ujęć. Niestety, trochę wpisuje się w trend przewartościowania cenowego obiektywów systemu X. Nawet lekka redukcja ceny znacznie polepszyłaby nasze ogólne wrażenia.
Cons: zbyt słaba jakość obrazu na brzegu kadru dla okolic maksymalnego otworu względnego,, za duża podłużna aberracja chromatyczna,, wyraźne winietowanie,, praca pod ostre światło powinna być lepsza.