I have been anxiously waiting for this focal length to complete the triumvirate of fast aperture primes I typically use when shooting lifestyle. This includes the 23mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, and now the 56mm f/1.2. The 56mm is equivalent to about 85mm with a 28.5° angle of view, which, for me, is the ideal portrait focal length. It can focus down to 2.3' (70cm) for a magnification of .09x. Despite its very wide f/1.2 aperture, it is only slightly larger than the 18-55mm medium zoom, and comes in at 2.74"L x 2.88"D (69.7 x 73.2mm) with a 62mm filter size, weighing only 14.29oz (405g) -- a very comfortable size for a portrait lens. The f-stop range is f/1.2-16.
|The Fuji FX 56mm f/1.2 lens mounted on the X-T1, a perfect combo for portraits.|
|The 56mm lens together with its shade mounted on an X-E2|
|At f/1.2 the bokeh of this lens is as good as it gets.|
|This test shot was taken at the optimal lens aperture range of f/5.6. Click here to download a high res version of this file.|
|A focal length of 56mm (85mm equivalent) is a perfect perspective for portraits, and the f/1.2 aperture makes it easy to eliminate distracting backgrounds with fine bokeh instead.|
|A fast aperture 56mm focal length is my most used lens for shooting lifestyle photography, as in this scene and the one below we staged in the studio.|
|It's so nice to have the f/1.2 aperture for pulling off shots like this.|
In terms of both its optical quality and quick, silent auto focus this is probably the best lens in the entire XF optical line up, and that is saying a lot because the Fuji lens line up is quite impressive. Rarely do you see a lens perform this well at a maximum working aperture of f/1.2. On top of all that, and unlike other full frame counterparts of this focal length, the XF 56mm is comfortable to hold and does not seem to dwarf even the small X-E2. If this lens is a sample of what is to come with future pro lenses in the Fuji lens lineup, I say: bring them on and the sooner the better.
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