Damien Demolder tests Fujifilm’s new wide-aperture portrait lens for the X series – a lens with a focal length that emulates the legendary 85mm
Fuji has done well to create a range of 12 lenses in the two and a half years since the company launched the X-Pro1, and the latest lens is designed to simultaneously deliver portrait photographers an ideal focal length and aperture, and the Fuji X system prestige and standing among the ‘serious’ photographic community.
Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R review – Features
Designed to be used with the APS-C sensors of the Fuji X system, the XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens provides a similar angle of view to what we might expect of an 85mm lens fitted to a full-frame camera. The lens uses 11 elements in eight groups, and includes a single aspherical and two low-dispersion elements – in the first instance to ensure sharpness and in the second to reduce chromatic aberration. Fuji has used its chromatics-controlling lenses directly behind the forward element – which is unusually small in relative diameter for a fast-aperture lens of this type.
As with nearly all fixed-focal-length X lenses, the XF 56mm is equipped with a satisfying aperture ring that clicks delightfully, if a little loosely, in 1⁄3 stops between f/1.4 and f/16 – there are no clicks between f/1.2 and f/1.4.