Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD ( Fujifilm ) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Sample Images

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/125s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure 1/1300s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure 1/900s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure 1/4000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure 1/3200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1800s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 1600
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure 1/220s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure 1/1900s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/1.2
Exposure 1/320s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 56.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/640s

Verdict

So is the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD the magician that it is supposed to be ? Well, mostly. I reckon the sample images showed you that the bokeh is mostly as smooth as silk except in really difficult scenes (where most conventional lenses would fail as well). The rendition of out-of-focus highlights could be a little better though. Other than that, the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD inherits most of the characteristics from the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R. It combines an ultra-large aperture with high quality results. At large aperture settings the center quality is already pretty high whereas the borders/corners are at least on a good level. The resolution is much more snappy at f/2.8 and images are very sharp across the image field between f/4 and f/8. The very low amount of lateral CAs also contributes to the high sharpness perception. Image distortions are nothing to worry about whereas vignetting can be an issue in RAW images between f/1.2 and f/2. However, Fujifilm is relying on image auto-correction so this is usually a lesser issue from a user perspective.

The build quality of the XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD remains very high and is as such in line with the other Fujinon XF lenses. It is mostly made of metal and precisely assembled although we continue to miss a weather sealing which should be standard at this price point. The AF is quite fast with only marginal noise during AF operations.

Now is it worth it ? Well, of course, it is! How often can you buy magic for money after all! We'd also favour it over the already great non-APD variant. In fact ... the tested sample will remain in my stock. Highly recommended!

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Field Quality:    
★★★★★(Shallow DoF Photography)
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★