FUJINON XF 56mm ƒ/1.2 Review | Fuji vs. Fuji

If you’ve visited this site before, you might already know that this lens is part of my “Ultimate Prime Kit,” which consists of the 14mm ƒ/2.8, the 23mm ƒ/1.4, and the 56mm ƒ/1.2. These lenses all have excellent handling traits with one potential exception being the 14mm ƒ/2.8. Some people were finding the aperture ring a little loose on the 14mm. In fact, the first one I got was a little loose. Fortunately, I was able to exchange for one that is nice and tight. From my sample size of three 23mm ƒ/1.4’s, there have been no issues with aperture rings and happily, even the pre-production unit of the 56mm ƒ/1.2 has an excellent aperture ring. The way it gracefully slides into automatic aperture mode is just like my 23mm ƒ/1.4. Though I don’t think you’ll want to use this lens like that too often. Switching between apertures has just the right amount give. I don’t find it moves out of my chosen aperture too easily. The focus ring on the 56mm ƒ/1.2 is a different story. It might be my favourite focus ring of any lens I’ve ever used. Ever. This includes a bunch of Nikon AIS lenses which are regarded by many as the gold standard of focus ring dampening. The 56mm ƒ/1.2 has a gloriously “heavy” feel and weight to the ring. It’s yearning for you to flick the switch to MF……

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