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Fuji 56mm f/1.2
XF56mmF1.2 R (85mm equivalent)
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Fuji 56mm f/1.2 XF

Fuji Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 ASPH for X-mount cameras (metal 62mm filter thread, 14.0 oz./398g, 2.3'/0.7m close focus, about $999). enlarge. I got mine at Adorama. You also can get them at this link to them at Amazon.

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July 2014    Fuji Reviews   Fuji X-Mount Lenses   LEICA Reviews   All Reviews

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Sample Image Files (more throughout the review)

Palm Fronds, 02 May 2014 451PM

Palm Fronds, 02 May 2014, 4:51PM. (Fuji X-T1 at Auto ISO 200, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/4.5 at 1/1,000, Perfectly Clear.) Full-resolution file from camera-original JPG.

 

Jewlery store

Jewelry, 12:44PM 03 May 2014. (Fuji X-T1 at Auto ISO 200, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/9 at 1/400, Perfectly Clear.) Unprocessed Camera-Original © file.

 

Introduction       top

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This Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 is an extraordinary aspherical 85mm-equivalant short tele lens that only works on Fuji X-mount cameras. As the world's newest ultra-speed tele, this lens has superior optical performance.

This Fuji tele has no visible distortion, is super-sharp right out to the edges at f/1.2, has no lateral color fringes and has no visible light falloff even at f/1.2 as shot on the Fuji X-T1.

Not only is it ultra-sharp, it focuses ultra-accurately and has outstanding bokeh and sunstars. I've never used a better 85mm-equivalant lens, and on the Fuji system, this lens is only about 2/3 the size of the mostly plastic Nikon 85/1.4G ($1,600 and 20.8 oz./591g) or Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II ($2,000 and 34.2 oz./971g.). This Fuji lens is half the weight of the Canon and Nikon lenses.

This Fuji lens focuses faster than the Nikon 85/1.4G and much, much faster than the sluggish Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II.

The only gotcha with this Fuji lens is that there is no instant manual-focus override. You have to move a switch on the camera to get to or from manual focus mode.

The Fuji X-Mount Lenses are all extraordinary. What most photographers don't realize is that Fuji has for many decades, just like Canon and Nikon, also made far more advanced optics, like binoculars for the military and for use in space, as well as lenses for motion pictures and television with six-figure price tags at discount. Unlike mud brands like Sigma and Tamron (or even LEICA), Fujinon has loads of experience actually supplying optics that cost more than some people's houses, and puts that same know-how into these lenses.

 

Compatibility       intro      top

This is a Fuji X-mount XF lens that works only on Fuji X-mount cameras.

 

Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2

Fuji X-mount XF 56mm f/1.2.

 

Specifications        top

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Name

Fuji 56 1.2 front

Fuji 56 f/1.2 at f/1.2.

Fuji calls this the Fujinon Aspherical Lens Super EBC XF 56mm f/1.2 R, or XF56mmF1.2 R.

Fujinon is Fuji's brand name for their lenses.

Aspherical means specially shaped lens elements for better sharpness.

Super EBC is Electron Beam Coating, also known as multicoating or HT-EBC coating.

XF is Fuji's line of lenses for their X-mount cameras.

R means approved by Rockwell.

 

Optics

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 internal diagram

Fuji 56/1.2 internal diagram.

11 elements in 8 groups.

1 element with 2 aspheric surfaces and 2 extra low dispersion elements.

Internal focus.

 

Diaphragm

7 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/16 in 1/3-stop clicks.

 

Focal length

56mm.

When used on the X-mount cameras with their 1.52x sensors, it sees the same angle of view as a 85mm lens sees when used on a 35mm camera.

When used on the X-mount cameras in their 1:1 square crop mode, it sees the same angle of view as a 200mm portrait lens sees when used on a 6x6cm (2¼"square) medium-format camera. This is about the same as a 105mm lens sees when used on a 35mm camera.

See also Crop Factor.

 

Angle of view

28.5º

 

Autofocus

DC coreless AF motor.

Internal focus.

No external movement as focussed, so little to no air or dust is sucked in.

 

Close Focus

2.3 feet (0.7 meters) in normal or in Macro modes.

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:11.1 (0.09x).

 

Filters

Metal 62mm filter thread.

 

Hood

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 with included hood

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 with included hood.

Plastic bayonet-mount hood included.

 

Size

2.88" diameter x 2.74" long.

73.2 mm diameter x 69.7 mm long.

 

Weight

14.050 oz. (398.25g), measured, lens only.

Fuji specifies 14.3 oz. (405g).

 

Announced

06 January 2014.

 

Included

Lens.

Hood.

Front and rear caps.

"Lens wrapping cloth."

Paperwork.

 

Packaging

Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2

Box, Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2.

Inside the micro-corrugated cardboard box are pulp-formed cardboard holders for the plastic-wrapped lens and hood. A small folded tray of microcorrugated cardboard lies on top to hold the manual and lens wrapping cloth.

 

Price

$999, Jan - May 2014.

 

Performance       top

Intro   Specs   Performance   Recommendations   More

Overall   Auto and Manual Focus    Bokeh    Distortion

Ergonomics  Falloff  Filters  Flare & Ghosts  Color Fringes    Macro

Mechanics    Sharpness   Spherochromatism   Sunstars

 

Overall      performance      top

The Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 ASPH is optically just about perfect, excelling at sharpness, falloff and distortion, as well as mechanical quality.

When I get as fantastic a lens as this to review, it makes my life much easier since there's much less to say other than to try to find new superlatives.

 

Auto and Manual Focus      performance      top

Autofocus is fast, and it's also perfectly accurate, especially at f/1.2.

Fuji's focus system is closed-loop, read directly from the image sensor, so it automatically compensates for any mechanical errors.

Open-loop systems of DSLRs and LEICAs can't compensate for these errors and sometimes have focus errors (offsets) which we don't have in the Fuji system. Bravo!

Katie coloring

Katie coloring, 03 May 2014. Fuji X-T1, Fuji 56mm f/1.2, f/1.6 at 1/160 at ISO 100 with EF-X8 flash, Athentech Perfectly Clear. Bigger or Full-resolution.

 

Katie coloring

Crop at 100% from above. If this is 6" (15cm) wide on your screen, the complete print would be 35 x 24" (1 x 0.7m) at this same high magnification. Complete full-resolution image.

 

Bokeh      performance      top

Bokeh is exquisite. I've never seen better soft, smooth backgrounds that just melt away — while the subject pops out in ultra sharpness:

Katie and the macaroni and cheese Ryan heated for her

Katie and the macaroni and cheese Ryan heated for her, 03 May 2014. Fuji X-T1, Fuji 56mm f/1.2, f/1.8 at 1/140 at ISO 200 with EF-X8 flash, Athentech Perfectly Clear. Bigger or Full-resolution.

See also the full-resolution file of the image I shared under Focus.

 

Distortion      performance      top

Distortion, as shot on the X-T1 which may be correcting it automatically, is completely invisible, whoo hoo!

For critical scientific use, plug these figures into Photoshop's lens distortion filter. These aren't facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.

Distance
Factor
Infinity
-0.5
10' (3m)
-0.5

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Ergonomics      performance      top

Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2

Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 for X-mount cameras.

Ergonomics are great! It feels great to have a real metal lens in my hands. The only other real metal lenses made today are almost exclusively from LEICA; Nikon and Canon have been churning out mostly plastic since the 1980s.

The dedicated aperture ring is also mandatory for real photography, but absent on most other brands of lenses.

A petty whine about the great aperture ring is that it needs a deeper detent or an easily-released lock at A, otherwise it's easy to knock it to f/16 by accident.

 

Falloff (darkened corners)      performance      top

Light falloff is completely invisible, even at f/1.2, as shot on the X-T1 which is probably correcting it automatically.

Even shooting white walls wide-open at f/1.2 to exaggerate it, it's still insignificant.

Fuji 56mm falloff

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 shot at f/1.2 on Fuji XT1.

 

Filters, Use with      performance      top

There's no problem with vignetting, even with several stacked filters!

The filter ring doesn't move.

The all-metal filter ring is a pleasant surprise compared to the plastic rubbish from other brands.

 

Flare and Ghosts     performance      top

Ghosts

Ghost, 10:44 AM, 03 May 2014. (X-T1 at Auto ISO 400, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/11 at 1/350.) bigger.

There's no problem with ghosts.

Even under the most devious conditions I could devise, all I got was one dim blob, and this is with a Nikon 52mm L37c filter.

No problems here.

 

Lateral Color Fringes      performance      top

There are no lateral color fringes as shot on the X-T1.

Noni's Gate, 10:37  AM

Clean enough? Note the absence of any lateral or axial color fringes. 03 May 2014. (X-T1 at ISO 100, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/2.5 at 1/4,000, Perfectly Clear.) Unprocessed Camera-Original © file.

 

Macro      performance      top

it doesn't get very close:

macro

Omega Constellation at close-focus distance. f/1.2 at 1/240 on X-T1 at AUTO ISO 400.

 

crop

Crop from above image in 35 x 24" (1 x 0.7m) print (100% pixel-to-pixel).

But it sure is sharp. This sample above is shot at f/1.2!

 

Mechanics      performance      top

Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2

Rear, Fuji X-mount XF 56mm f/1.2. enlarge.

The Fuji XF 56 1.2 is built much better than anything from Nikon or Canon today. It's built as well as LEICA lenses, with much newer technology to boot.

It's all anodized aluminum, not cheesy plastic.

 

Hood

Plastic bayonet.

 

Filter Threads

Anodized aluminum.

 

Hood Bayonet

Anodized aluminum.

 

Barrel

All parts are anodized aluminum.

 

Focus Ring

Anodized aluminum.

 

Focus Scale

None; in-finder only.

 

Depth-of-Field Scale

None; in-finder only.

 

Internals

Metal.

 

Aperture Ring

Anodized aluminum.

Third-stop clicks.

 

Mount

Dull-chromed metal.

 

Markings

Laser engraved.

 

Identity Ring

Front ring, laser-engraved.

 

Serial Number

Laser engraved on rear of lens barrel.

 

Rain seal at mount

No.

 

Noises When Shaken

Mild clunking.

 

Made in

Japan.

 

Sharpness      performance      top

Warning 1: Image sharpness depends more on you than your lens.

Warning 2: Lens sharpness doesn't mean much to good photographers.

Fabric

Sharp fabric, 4:34PM, 03 May 2014. (X-T1 at Auto ISO 200, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/5.6 at 1/210.) Unprocessed Camera-Original © file.

With those caveats, the Fuji XF 56/1.2 is among the sharpest lenses I've ever tested. This lens is super-sharp out to the edges even at f/1.2 as shot on the 16MP X-T1, and Fuji's claimed diffraction compensation (lens optimization) really does keep it just as sharp at f/16!

If you can't make a sharp photo with this lens, you're doing something wrong.

 

Rated MTF:

MTF at 15 cycles
MTF at 45 cycles
MTF at 15 cyc/mm (10 cyc/mm equiv.)
MTF at 45 cyc/mm (30 cyc/mm equiv.)

 

Ranch House, 9:22 AM

Sharp enough? 03 May 2014. (X-T1 at Auto ISO 200, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/5.6 at 1/340, Perfectly Clear.) Unprocessed Camera-Original © file.

 

Spherochromatism       performance     top

I only rarely saw the slightest hint of any spherochromatism (called color bokeh by hobbyists). This means that out-of-focus highlights remain neutral and don't take on any slight color fringes.

 

Sunstars      performance      top

Sunstars

Sunstars, 4:49PM, 02 May 2014. (X-T1 at Auto ISO 400, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/16 at 1/500.) bigger.

The 7-blade diaphragm makes exquisite sunstars.

There's even a star on a reflection on the frond! This is superb.

I've not used any modern lens with better sunstars!

2011 GL550 headlight, 12:44PM

Great Sunstars, 03 May 2014. (X-T1 at Auto ISO 400, standard color mode, +2 color saturation, XF 56mm f/1.2, f/13 at 1/450, Perfectly Clear.) Unprocessed Camera-Original © file.

 

Recommendations       top

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The Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 ASPH is an extraordinary lens. When a lens is just about optically and mechanically perfect, there isn't much to say, other than to get one.

This is an extraordinary short, fast tele. Its smooth background bokeh makes it magnificent for any sort of portrait work, and its extreme sharpness and freedom from optical imperfection render it wonderful for any kind of photography.

There are no better lenses to use on the Fuji system at any price. Forget slumming with LEICA or other off-brand lenses; you can't get anything sharper and any other lens won't autofocus or autoexpose or log data or be optimized by the camera's DSP, and no other lens will have a diaphragm that opens and closes automatically as needed for focus and shooting.

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More Information        top

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Fuji's 56/1.2 page.

Fuji's 56/1.2 press release.

 

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