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We test Fujifilm's new wide aperture portrait lens for the X series

Fujinon Lens Reviews - Fujifilm has done well to create a range of 12 lenses since it launched the X-pro1, including this latest lens. Designed to be used with the APS-C sensors of the Fuji X system, the XF 56mm f/1.2 R provides a similar angle of view to what we'd expect of an 85mm lens on a full frame camera. it has 11 elements in eight groups, and uses one a spherical and two low dispersion elements. Fuji has used its chromatic 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's aperture ring 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.

with a lens cap of only 62mm, the XF 56mm is shorter, narrower and lighter than the equivalents lens from Panasonic's G system - even though the G cameras use a smaller sensor. The G cameras use a smaller sensor. The lens is well built and the metal barrel and finely ribbed focusing ring fell good to the touch.

Disappointingly, though, the lens has a plastic hood not a metal one.

The lens sits comfortable on both the X-pro1 and X-T1 bodies, though the more substantial grip, both back and front, of the SLR style X-T1 allows more secure and balanced purchase, Fuji places the aperture ring closest to the mount, so fingers of the supporting hand can find it easily an without you having to shift the holding position of either camera.

The is a bit of whirring while and X-series camera focuses, and it seems to longer (or at least bigger) the lens, the longer it takes to focus. The 56mm has more glass to move than any other fixed lens in the system, and neither the X-pro1 nor the X-T1 is especially deft at shifting it. The host body's ability to make the lens work well definitely affects what you will be able to achieve. also, none of the Fuji bodies has a native ISO 100 setting, so you'll be limited in getting use out of the f/1.2 aperture in daylight.

As for image quality, lenses with wide apertures tend to produce a lot of corner shading, and while the XF 56mm's illumination is indeed less than uniform across the frame, the effect can only really be seen in images of flat, evenly lit areas. For most natural subjects, it will be fine.

Sharpness and detail are good, even when the lens is used wide open. The resolution of captured images obviously increased as i closed down, and i detected a peak between f/4 and f/5.6 and then a decline to f/16. This is based on quite close focus, such as when shooting a waist up portrait. However, as the subject distance increases, sharpness and detail decrease, so by the time i was shooting full length portraits, my images looked decidedly soft. The softness may be due to fringing and a subsequent de fringing exercise in camera, or slightly missed focused at wide apertures. The quality of out of focus highlights are mostly pleasant, which is important to wide aperture shooters. They tend to head towards the frame edges, and from f/2 they are more heptagonal, resulting in a less "creamy" look.

- Good focal length for serious portrait photographers
- Wide aperture
- Sharpness and detail
- Value for money

- Many Fuji CSCs are limited to shooting at up to 1/4000sec, making it difficult to use the lens's wide aperture outdoors in extremely bright conditions

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