When Fujifilm first announced their 56mm f1.2 lens, everyone got excited. The company announced an f1.2 lens for an APS-C sensor system–truly making it the fastest aperture lens for a mirrorless camera system with autofocus capabilities (Panasonic’s 42.5mm f1.2 has more in focus at a given aperture due to the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor.) and despite the fact that it’s real full frame depth of field equivalent is around f2, that’s still not so bad. With seven aperture blades and a field of view of 84mm, this is perhaps one of Fujifilm’s most specialized lenses ever due to the fact that it begs to shoot portraits……
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The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a superb addition to the X-series range, offering a classic portraiture focal length and an ultra-fast aperture that produces simply beautiful background bokeh with a minimum of fuss. Optically it’s an almost perfect lens, only suffering a little wide-open at the edges. Although the auto-focusing isn’t the quickest (even on the new X-T1) and the supplied lens hood is disappointingly made from plastic, we still think the price is very reasonable for the stellar image and build quality that you get in return. The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R lens is remarkably sharp in the image centre virtually throughout the entire aperture range, and the edges are very good from f/2.8 onwards. The fast maximum aperture of f/1.2 makes it incredibly easy to creatively throw the background out of focus, with the seven-blade iris diaphragm achieving some lovely bokeh effects. Vignetting is practically a non-issue and chromatic aberrations are very well-controlled……
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Before I share the following images with you I have to say a few words about the new XF10-24. If you think this lens is small and compact, you’ll be disappointed. It is pretty much exactly the same size as for instance Nikon’s 10-24 or 12-24 equivalent. However, there is absolutely no way that you can compare these lenses. The minute you pick up the Fuji you will realise that the build quality is on another level all together. It feels as if it was made from a solid block of metal. It is just so perfectly put together. Everything works so smooth it is a total pleasure in the hand and balances just fine on my X-E2 with the optional grip attached. Both in size and weight. I have to say that with every new lens Fuji releases the quality gets better and better…….
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If its £199 get the XC, its really great and nice and small, its not as good as the XF in terms of build and speed but its really only marginally different, however if it were a case between the two I would have the 55-200 if the XC wasn’t so cheap. So overall see what you’ve got in your wallet, if you can afford the XF buy that but if you can fins a deal on the XC you won’t be disappointed with it, don’t feel like you are missing out on getting the cheaper lens it is still and awesome piece of kit. I hope thats helpful to someone out there, I’ve now gone on to sell my XF and stick with the cheaper one, I’m also off to Iceland next week so I’m really gonna try it out then…..
In the past I shot with zooms but my main arsenal is now prime lenses. I believe that not only do primes offer superior quality (with a few exceptions) and portability, but most importantly they allow you to think creatively. Some of the legends of photography shot with one lens their entire career; others “limited” themselves to two, maximum three lenses. This way there were able to train their eye to see and compose, which eventually led to superb work. Therefore, when Fuji was kind enough to let me try a brand new Fujinon XF 10-24 F4 R OIS lens, I approached the subject with a dose of zoom hostility and prejudgment. As a fan and heavy user of the superb XF 14mm F2.8 R lens, I wondered if I would ever enjoy this much bigger and heavier addition to the Fuji X-series line-up. On paper there is not much difference in focal length between 10mm and 14mm, some would argue. WRONG! In a wide-angle world, it makes a considerable difference. And for a serious landscape photographer, the wider you go, the more impact you create. Of course this is assuming you know how to craft grand vistas with such a demanding tool…….
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For most of my recent career I have made much of my living with an 85mm f/1.4. I love that lens, it has been updated and remodelled by the manufacturer but I hold onto my original, it holds sentimental value. It has shot commercially on three continents and produced some of my most popular images, in short I love the 85mm focal length. Since moving back to the UK from the US my life has changed somewhat. I teach now and also no longer regularly shoot commercial fashion or portraiture, now my love is extended projects (whether you call them art, documentary, it’s a process of love and exploration and enriches my soul more than commercial fashion). I still shoot fashion and portraiture, heck, I teach it, but it’s not now my mainstay. So, surely the 85mm focal length is now forgotten? That focal length is a portraiture lens right? Humbug, a lens is a tool, certain focal lengths have “historical” context but all lenses are tools for our vision and imagination…….
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The last few years have been an exciting time for digital photography. New cameras are coming on the market faster than ever; websites, blogs and Internet forums are busy comparing technical specifications and the latest sensor technology (we take some of the blame). When we meet people interested in photography, they almost always ask me the same question: Which camera do you shoot with? Which one would you recommend? Interestingly, most people never ask about lenses as if they were just an accessory. I am not surprised, though. After all, it has been known for a long time that amateurs get excited about cameras and professionals about lenses. Fortunately, since the start of the X-series, those who care about the art of seeing have had plenty of reasons to be excited. In the last few years we have witnessed a number of new camera systems. While some of them offered quite capable cameras, the majority of them had one thing in common – they lacked prime quality lenses. You don’t need to look far. Even old players such as Nikon, a company that you would expect to rule, lacks high quality prime lenses for its APS-C offering……
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The firmware upgrade to version 1.03 contains the following improvements:
- Supports higher camera autofocus speeds
- Addition of compatibility with the ‘Phase Detection AF’ function
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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……
With a decent macro lens, there’s a lot to be found that’s worth shooting if you just lay on the ground and look. My shutter finger is getting itchier the further we get into the year with the ever intensifying anticipation of the coming of Spring (and all of the really good stuff that it brings with it) and it’s getting more difficult to stop myself shooting just anything and everything – however, here are a few shots that I grabbed the other day during breaks in the heavy cloud cover, from a Scottish garden. Enjoy……
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