Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R review

July 31, 2014

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Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R

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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

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If you want photographers to take your camera system seriously, you need to provide lenses that go beyond the standard zoom and the long zoom that are mainstay of the entry and popular markets. Most of us have had one or both of these lens types, but as we advance and require more creative opportunities from the equipment we use, we begin to look for shorter zooms, fixed focal lengths and wider maximum apertures. The established camera systems, of course, have lenses for every occasion, but those building new mounts have to start from scratch, and it is very much the case that they will attract the customers their equipment deserves.

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.

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