|XF||The lens is designed for Fujifilm digital mirrorless cameras.|
|R||The lens is equipped with aperture ring.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2 R APD||Sep 2014||⊗|
|Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2 R||Jan 2014||⊗|
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|Diagonal angle of view:||28.5° (Fujifilm X)
|Lens construction:||11 elements in 8 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||7|
|Closest focusing distance:||70 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Micromotor (Fujifilm X)|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Determined by camera|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø73.2 x 69.7 mm|
|Filter size:||62 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic. The focusing ring is wide and finely ribbed in order to provide a good grip and prevent slippage of fingers. It is well damped and rotates smoothly in manual focus mode.
The focusing ring is not physically coupled with the focusing mechanism and works electronically (focus-by-wire) - turning of the ring actuates an electric motor that moves the focusing group of the lens to the proper position to achieve sharp focus.
The lens lacks focusing mode switch, therefore you have to set the automatic or manual focus mode from the camera.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 62 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens is equipped with micromotor, the autofocus is low noisy and fast.
Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA, XGM) minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
Low dispersion elements (AD, ED, LD, HLD, SD, UD etc) and fluorite elements minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
Apodization element (APD) is in fact a radial gradient filter. It practically does not change the characteristics of light beam passing through its central part but absorbs the light at the periphery. It sort of softens the edges of the aperture making the transition from foreground to background zone very smooth and results in very attractive, natural looking and silky smooth bokeh.
Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2 R APD, however, is not a first lens which uses apodization filter; Sony 135mm F/2.8 [T4.5] STF and Minolta 135mm F/2.8 [T4.5] STF are based on the same principle. Both Sony/Minolta lenses are manual focus only, Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2 R APD, on the other hand, supports autofocus. However the lens is designed for CDAF only because apodization element darkens the areas used by PDAF.
The use of apodization filter has a specific effect on the lens aperture: although the geometrical aperture of the lens corresponds to a relative aperture of 1.2, its effective aperture is somewhat lower. There are both geometrical aperture (F) and effective aperture (T) scales on the lens barrel. The effect of the apodization element becomes less and less noticeable with closing of the aperture and both the geometrical and effective apertures are equal from F/5.6.
The sharpness at the center of the frame is very good wide open and excellent at subsequent apertures. The edges are good at F/1.2-2.8 and very good at subsequent apertures. The background blur is very smooth and pleasant at large apertures. The subjects look almost three dimensional at large apertures due to high micro contrast and smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas of the image.
|Sensor size:||23.6×15.6 mm|
|Vignetting at F/1.2:||-1.4 EV|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 3 MB|
Alternatives (AF, 49..63 mm)
|Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2 R||2014||⊗|