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Fujifilm - Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R APD - Black

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The XF56mmF1.2 R APD offers brilliant levels of sharpness even when shooting with the aperture at F1.2 The apodization filter smoothes the bokeh's outlines. This combination of image sharpness and beautiful bokeh delivers portraits with a three-dimensional feel. An optical construction of 11 glass elements in 8 groups, including one a spherical glass molded lens element and two extra low dispersion lens elements has been used.

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Introduction

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD is a very fast short telephoto prime lens in Fujifilm’s XF line-up. The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD includes an apodisation filter which promises to smooth the outlines of out-of-focus highlights, resulting in superior bokeh. The dowside to the APD filter is a slight loss of light at faster apertures, so that f/1.2 effectively becomes f/1.7 (the effective F-number is shown in red on the aperture ring to indicate the apodising effect). Fujifilm have included an an ND8 neutral density filter that adjusts brightness in three levels in the box. The Fujifilm 56mm F1.2 lens offers an angle-of-view similar to that of a 84mm lens in a 35mm system, well-suited to head-and-shoulder portraits, and a very bright f/1.2 maximum aperture for low-light shooting and throwing the background completely out-of-focus. Other highlights include an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, an aperture ring on the metal lens barrel, Super EBC coating for improved optical performance, and an optical formula that comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, including 1 aspherical and 2 extra low dispersion elements. The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens is available now for £1199.99 / $1499.99 in the UK and the US, respectively.

Ease of Use

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD is one of the biggest prime lenses in the X-system line-up, weighing 405g and measuring just over 7cms in length, understandable given the amount of glass used in its construction. As you can see in the pictures below, it complements the top-of-the-range Fujifilm X-T1 very well, not feeling at all front-heavy and more than matching the body in terms of its build quality.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RThe Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens attached to the Fujifilm X-T1 camera

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RThe Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens attached to the Fujifilm X-T1 camera

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RThe Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens attached to the Fujifilm X-T1 camera

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RThe Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens alongside the Fujifilm X-T1 camera

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens boasts a metal mount, high-grade metal barrel and non-rotating 62mm filter thread. The focus ring is generously wide, smooth and beautifullay well-damped in action without being loose, and has a ridged, rubberised grip band. There are no “hard stops” at either end of the 70cm-infinity focus range though.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RSide of the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RFront of the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RRear of the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens has a traditional aperture ring on the lens barrel, which allows you to set the aperture in 1/3 steps, complete with full aperture markings on the lens barrel. The effective F-number is shown in red on the aperture ring to indicate the apodising effect. The aperture is also shown in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. The rather thin aperture ring is nicely damped and makes a distinctive click as you change the setting, although it's a little too easily moved when stored in a pocket or bag. The aperture ring toggles between auto aperture control (the ring is set to A) or manual aperture control (the switch is set to one of the aperture values).

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RFront of the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RRear of the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RThe Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens in-hand

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RThe Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens with the supplied lens hood attached

In terms of accessories, the lens ships with a rather cheap-feeling plastic round-shaped lens hood and a lens wrapping cloth, rather than a case.

Focal Range

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens has an angle of view of 28.5 degrees.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R

Distortion

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD doesn't exhibit any barrel or pin-cushion distortion, as you can see in the photo below, and vignetting is very well-controlled too even wide open at f/1.2.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R

Focusing

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens has an internal focusing (IF) system. Unlike the original 56mm optic, the inclusion of the APD filter means that this lens does not support Phase Detect auto-focusing. In practice, we found the auto-focus to be fairly quick and mostly reliable in good light, but a little more hit and miss than the original 56mm lens in lower light situations. Note that this lens does have quite an audible auto-focusing noise, again something that has been addressed on other quieter XF lenses. The front of the lens does not rotate on focus, which is good news for anyone looking to use the lens in conjunction with a polariser or neutral density filter, something that is almost compulsory if you want to use the faster apertures outside in bright sunlight.

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberrations, typically seen as purple, blue or green fringes along contrasty edges, are exhibited by the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens only in very high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R

Macro

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD is not a macro lens, with the close-focus point at 70cm from the sensor plane and a maximum magnification of 0.09x. The following example illustrates how close you can get to the subject, in this case a CompactFlash card.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 RClose-up Performance

Bokeh

Bokeh is a word used for the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and is usually described in qualitative terms, such as smooth / creamy / harsh etc. Fujifilm have paid attention to this aspect of lens use, employing a 7-segment diaphragm with rounded blades and the apodization filter for pleasing bokeh. In our view, their efforts have been very successful for a short telephoto prime lens - see the examples below.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R
   
Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R

Sharpness

In order to show you how sharp this lens is, we are providing 100% crops on the following page.

 

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Introduction

A little while ago we reviewed the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R - a great if not even awesome lens. However, it seems as if Fujifilm saw some extra potential here. Thus they took the same design, added an apodization filter and named the whole thing Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD. Now on paper this may not sound like a big deal ... a filter ... but by doing so they injected magic into the lens! An apodization filter smoothes the bokeh's outlines which is big, really big especially in difficult scenes with harsh contrasts. And lenses such as a 56mm f/1.2 are really meant to be used at fully open aperture for separating an object from the rest of the world. Unfortunately the extra glory comes at a price - the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R is already fairly expensive at 1000US$ and the APD adds an extra 500US$ to the bill.

Typical for most Fujinon lenses, the build quality is very good thanks to a tightly assembled metal body based on a metal mount. The focus ring operates very smoothly. Interestingly the lens does not provide the focus clutch mechanism that we have seen in the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R and XF 23mm f/1.4 R. Fuji's strategy is a little unclear in this respect . The lens has also a dedicated aperture ring with distinctive 1/3EV steps. You may notice that the aperture ring shows white and red colored numbers. The red numbers indicate the T-value (transmission value) and at large aperture settings they are a little slower because of the APD filer. A barrel-shaped lens hood made of plastic is part of the package.

Ages ago Minolta (now Sony) introduced the 135mm f/2.8 STF ... the only other mainstream lens featuring an apodization filter out there (as of the time of this review). Because of the filter, the lens didn't provide auto-focusing. Well, that was at a time when the dinosaurs (DSLRs) still ruled the world but the situation is a bit different with mirrorless cameras now. The effect of apodization filter is poison for phase-detection AF systems but in the mirrorless world, contrast detection AF is naturally available thus the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD can fully take advantage of this. While there's a slight penalty in certain situations, the AF speed remains certainly fast enough (without being really fast though). The AF noise level is low albeit noticeable. Manual focusing works "by wire" thus by triggering the AF motor - this works fairly well although the ultra large aperture makes things more delicate compared to slower lenses.

 

Specifications
Equiv. focal length "85mm" (full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperture "f/1.8" (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction 11 elements in 8 groups inc. 1x aspherical, 2xED elements & 1x apodization filter
Number of aperture blades 7 (circular)
min. focus distance 0.7m (1:11)
Dimensions 73.2x69.7mm
Weight 405g
Filter size 62mm
Hood supplied, petal-shaped, bayonet mount
Other features Apodization filter! ND8 neutral density filter