It’s time for another battle! Both Fuji and Panasonic have released fast 85mm equivalent lenses with f/1.2 maximum apertures over the past month, and both are turning out to be truly outstanding lenses. While there are likely few people who are contemplating which to buy between the two (as that would require simultaneously having both Fuji and Micro 4/3 systems…which is something I have, but is not too common), with two fantastic lenses such as these coming out around the same time, there’s bound to be comparisons. I reviewed the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 recently and found it to be a truly stellar lens. I’m currently shooting with the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2, and that review will be up sometime in the next week. So let’s take a look at these two lenses and how they stack up…….
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What is the X-Signature range then? Recently, I was made aware of the new “pimping” service of the X-Series of cameras that Fujifilm have launched in the UK and I believe, worldwide. The Service involves having your X-Series Camera skinned with a choice of many different options. Current options include; Racing Green, Burnt Orange, Black Lizard, Blue Lizard, Beige Lizard Emboss, Light Green Lizard, Navy Blue Crinkle, Red Lizard and Red Crinkle Emboss. Now, I’m a reportage wedding photographer right? Part of my remit at a wedding is try not to stand out in the crowd and to blend in as much as possible. So, with that in mind, I decided to avoid options such as Red Lizard and Burnt Orange (though I’m sure these will be fine choices for certain people!). Instead, I went for Black Lizard. Why? Well, because it’s black….mostly. The process has been superb. I ordered my “pimping” on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning I received a pre-paid box and padded envelope. I popped my X-Pro1 in the post on Wednesday afternoon. Less that forty eight hours later I receive a parcel from Fuji with my brand new X-Signature Skinned X-Pro1……
One afternoon in Florida we took a break and visited a local wildlife preserve hoping to get in some fun photography of the animals. Problem was all the animals were in cages with very narrow openings in their wire fencing, and in most cases the backgrounds were inappropriate and distracting. To get around this problem I put my longest lens, the 55-200mm zoom, on the Fuji X-T1. Zooming the lens to its longest focal length helped minimize the obstruction from wire cages. I also set the lens to its most open aperture, and positioned it as close as possible to the wire cages. This gave me the lowest depth of field and threw the wire cages mostly out of focus…….
Love at first sight
I guess this is what is known as love at first sight. A perfect match. When you know there is no need to further test, or to “date” a little bit longer because you simply know it will be a long-lasting and happy relationship. There are plenty of detailed reviews online and plenty of technical data sheet about the camera and the lens, there is no need to cover again that kind of information. All I can say is that the camera is designed to fit perfectly in the hands and to have that kind of tactile feel that only a vintage camera could offer and is designed with a lot of technology inside but with a simple usage in mind. And the lens, is just amazing: wide open is razor sharp, it has an impressive OIS that can easily hold 5 stops, all you have to do is get out and shoot. And this is what the X-T1is made for: to simply take beautiful picture, to forget about the technical race and to focus on what should be every photographer’s main concern: making stunning images……
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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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