Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R Review – For Those Who Want Extremely Shallow Depth of Field

With a maximum aperture of F/1.2, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R brings an extremely shallow depth of field to mirrorless photography. Probably mainly because of its large aperture, it does not cost chump change to get this one as it may very well hurt your bank account. But when you do get, then you will get a magnificently performing piece of glass (for the most part).

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R Review - For Those Who Want Extremely Shallow Depth of Field

The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R Presents Gratuitous Bokeh

Like many Fujinon lenses, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R does have a premium feel, which should be considering the amount of cash you have to shell out in order to get it. It has a metal barrel and a physical aperture ring. It is short lens as it only measures 2.7 x 2.9-inches for its height and depth. It has a 62-millimeter front filter thread as well.

But even though it is a squat lens, it is a bit on the heavy side with a weight of 14.3-ounces. Still, it can balance well with most Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. There is also a reversible lens hood that comes straight out of the standard packaging, but what’s not included is a neutral density filter which is something that you can immediately get out of the box of the XF 56-millimeter F/1.2 R APD.

Found at the base of the lens is that physical aperture ring. It has marking for its wide-open f/1.2 setting, as well as for f/1.4 all through f/16. There’s also an A position, which stands for Automatic. The lens, sadly, does not include a built-in image stabilization feature. Still, that is a rare feat to be brought within such a lens of this type.

Shooting in wide open and you will see that there is a slight drop in sharpness when taking pictures with the Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R lens. This is also apparent when shooting at f/2. However, it is still sharp enough to get noticeable details, even at really shallow depth of field.

Speaking of shooting at wide open, since the maximum aperture is f/1.2, then you will get that really creamy background blur that you will be expecting from taking pictures with a lens that can shoot with a really shallow depth of field. Those who are fond of Bokeh will definitely get a huge kick out of this lens.

Overall, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R, despite not having built-in image stabilization, is still a very excellent lens for the company’s mirrorless camera lineup. It definitely stands out from the crowd because of its maximum aperture.


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