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FujifilmXF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens
 
4.9

(based on 62 reviews)

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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (53)
  • Strong construction (41)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Consistent output (31)
  • Durable (31)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (42)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Night photography (26)
  • Portraits (16)
  • Landscape/scenery (13)
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5.0

The "IT" Lens for Portraits

By dmporter

from Hampton, VA

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Portraits
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

    This is a Bokeh machine when shot wide open at f/1.2. Extremely sharp and renders color very well. The focus speed is exceptional for a lens with such a wide aperture. The lens is on the heavy side but on my XE2 body it looks and feels just fine. This lens is destined to be a classic. Bravo Fuji.

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    5.0

    Character

    By Steve

    from Denver, CO

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    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portrait

      Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

      I haven't taken that many photos with the 56mm, but I already love it. I plan to use it for portraits and landscapes. It's great in low light. It's sharp. The bokeh is wonderful. There is something special about the files. The lens has character.

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      5.0

      Buy it

      By Terd

      from Jax fl

      Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

      Well worth the money! I am very happy with this lens love shooting with it. Just great thanks fuji and b&h !!!

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      5.0

      All It's Cracked Up To Be...

      By TomJ

      from north Texas

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great Portrait Length
      • Many Other Subject Uses
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp wide open
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

      While I have not had this lens for long, it has already made a significant impression on me. It marks my fourth Fuji XF lens, but my first prime. The other three lenses being the 18-55mm, 55-200mm and 10-24mm lenses. All fine optics in their own right, but this 56mm f/1.2 is something altogether different. The build quality is superb, the 1/3 click stops and marked aperture ring on the lens is wonderful and reminds me of fine film-era lenses from the 70's and 80's. The lens balances perfectly on my XT-1 body which is outfitted with the battery grip. Without the grip, the lens would likely be front-heavy. Of course, most people buy a really fast lens to use it, at least some of the time, wide open and to produce nice softly out of focus backgrounds. This lens does not disappoint. 56mm is a solid portrait length on APS-C cameras especially for individual or couple's head shots to half length shots. But the lens can be useful for so many other things. I have photographed my 3 year old grand daughter in near darkness and still been able to get hand holdable shutter speeds with the f/1.2 max aperture...Amazing! The lens does not have stabilization, so keep that in mind. All in all, this is one of the finest lenses I have ever had the pleasure of owning and I plan on getting a lot of use out of it as time goes by. If you are on the fence about buying it because you wonder if it could really be significantly better than the Fuji zoom lenses that cover the same focal length, well, put simply...it can!

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      5.0

      Excellent portrait+ lens

      By Joe

      from Bartlett, IL

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Portrait photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

        I use the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 on a FF camera for portraits and this is the most comparable for the X-T1 which I am using now for most photograhy except wildlife and sports. This lens is fast, sharp, well constructed and with wonderful bokeh. An excellent Fujifilm prime lens.

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        5.0

        Beautiful Bokeh and Razor Sharp

        By Mike

        from Los Angeles

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Razor Sharp
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraiture
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

          I love the weight and feel of this lens. It doesn't feel like a toy at all. The 1.2 max aperture is wonderful for narrow depth of field. The lens is tack sharp and produces a beautify bokeh that I love in my portraits.

          Out of the 4 Fuji X lenses, this is my absolute favorite! I actually bought this XPro 1 system for fun, but it's almost completely replaced my pro kit. More often than not, I now reach for my XPro over my Nikons for weight and speed. It's just fun to use, and with the quality of lenses like this 56mm, I don't need the bigger, heavier set up.

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          5.0

          Glad I switched from Canon

          By Keith Alton Photography

          from Oberlin, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Portrait photography

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

            I use this lens for portraits mostly. I also had the opportunity to shoot a concert and I found it extremely useful in the low light. This is by far my favorite lens I own. I recently switched to Fuji after shooting the X Pro-1. It was so much fun to shoot and the image quality was exceptional. After owning the Canon 5d Mark iii, my Fuji cameras have just as great an image quality and the glass is no exception. The 56mm is equal to the 85mm on a full frame.
            I really loved the cost. Compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.2, I purchased this lens at half the price and equal the quality. This lens is not a fast focusing lens, compared to the 18-55 f/2.8-4, but that is expected. It still focused fast enough and accurate enough to catch some wonderful low light shots. I would recommend this lens to anyone.

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            5.0

            Beautiful Glass

            By Andre W

            from Rahway, NJ

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                I bought this lens, the 18mm f2.0 and the 35mm f1.4 to go with my Fujifilm X-T1. No regrets for switching from DSLRs! The glass is clear and bright from corner-to-corner and matches beautifully with the X-T1.

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                5.0

                Fujifilm 56mm f1,2

                By Rich

                from Kansas

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                An outstanding lens. It arrived on time, however the package was poor. The box suffered major damage even the normally strong packing tape was torn apart.

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                5.0

                One fantastic lens!

                By Steve C

                from NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                  I got this lens a few weeks ago and used it about 10 days ago to shoot a dinner party. The results on my X-E2 were fantastic. Much better than the Canon EF 85mm f1.8 I thought was good. While the minimum depth of field on this lens matches the 85 f1.8, the light gathering matches a 1.2 lens. I can live with the DOF issue and am very happy with the light gathering. All in all, I'm very happy with the lens. With this and the 14mm I don't feel I need anything else.

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                  5.0

                  Sharp lens

                  By JorgenX

                  from Northern California

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                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                    This lens has been fun to use with my XE1. It's sharp and produces beautiful bokeh.

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                    5.0

                    Far better than expected. The real deal.

                    By Nikonthomas

                    from Nashville, TN

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                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Journalism
                    • Location Shoots
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                    I'm both a journalist and a portrait photographer; although I've always used Nikon Dslr gear, I've really had fun using the Xpro1 and X100s as my carry everywhere and travel cameras. I really like 85mm 1.4 lenses for portraits and when I read about this lens, I knew I wanted one.The 56 is close to an 85 and the 1.2 is about equal to 1.8 on a regular lens. That said, the quality of this lens is really stunning - super, super sharp. Amazing bokeh, far better than any lens I've ever used. The bokeh has a totally different feel than all of my other lenses, which is hard to describe. Just know that when you shoot something wide open, you'll really love what you get.It isn't super fast focus, but then nothing in the Fuji line is. I've started taking my Xpro1 with this lens on shoots along with a Nikon d800 and a Sigma 50mm 1.4 art lens. The two work really well together. In lightroom, there is VERY little difference in the quality from these two despite huge differences in price and resolution. It may be an expensive lens but it is very affordable compared to my Nikon glass.I once shot with Hasselblad systems (back in the day) and this lens has a very similar optic feel to those cameras. I love it. If you are serious and know how to use this lens, buy it. You won't regret it.

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                    5.0

                    STELLAR

                    By ExCzech

                    from Scottsdale, AZ

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                      A "must-have" Fuji lens. The fast aperture of the 56mm f/1.2 produces a sharp and narrow depth of field, with beautiful bokeh for separation between subject and background. STELLAR PERFORMER!

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                      4.0

                      stellar image quality, noisy autofous

                      By frozone

                      from Syracuse NY

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                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                      Love the sharpness & bokeh. Only drawback might be the autofocus, which seems slower and noisier than other XF lenses I use.

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                      4.0

                      Fuji Continues to Impress

                      By Victor

                      from Redmond, WA

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                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                        Another fine prime by Fuji. Very nice bokeh and the build quality is excellent, more like a lens made in the good old days of the 60s and 70s. The reason for the four stars instead of five: (1) focus acquisition seems a bit slower compared to my other Fuji primes; (2) the aperture ring feels looser than I'd like between detents; (3) I wish there were a lock for the "A" setting on the aperture ring so that I don't accidentally change from f/16 to auto; and (4) the lens is a bit fatter than I'd prefer although that may be unavoidable due to the large aperture and electronics stuffed into the barrel. All in all, though, the cons are easily offset by the high image quality, excellent construction, and beautifully de-focused backgrounds.

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                        5.0

                        Stunning

                        By TH

                        from Scottsdale, AZ

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                          I'm just beginning to learn the capabilities of this lens with the XT-1 body. Out of the box, the lens has a solid, well-crafted feel, smooth as silk, in fact. I've only done test shoots to this point, but I've found the lens quick and accurate to focus in aperture priority mode and the results so far suggest that this will be a good portraiture lens, especially when one invokes the film options designed for such work.

                          The Fujifilm line up of X mount bodies and lenses is as strong as any on the market at this time.

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                          4.0

                          Very good

                          By Chellone

                          from 3592

                          Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                          Sharper than my old 85mm 1.4 Nikon . Quality of bokeh not at that level

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                          5.0

                          A must have

                          By MYS Photo

                          from Oakland, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Sharp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                            Hard to add to the reviews already here, but I'd say this is a "must-have" for the X mount system lenses...and not just a portrait lens. Beautiful color rendition, sharpness, acuity and bokeh wide open. I love shooting with it and have done entire weddings with just this, the 14mm and 23mm. All I needed. I shoot manual with this lens almost all the time and the focus is dead on. Reminds me of my Zeiss glass shooting on the D700 (Nikon).

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                            5.0

                            Fujion 56mm F1.2 Lives up to it's Hype!

                            By KAM

                            from Fairfield

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp Even At F12
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Mod Heavey
                            • Shaking Hard Small Noise
                            • Shakingsmall Noise

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Protraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                            The 56mm F1.2 is as sharp wide open as most lens are at smaller aptures. The creamy Bokeh so so true. I annot see the need nor the loss of exposer f stops of the new one with the filter, f1.2 vs f1.7, I want speed more then more creamy. But to each his own. The heft of the lens is a little on the heavy side.Call it modratly heavy, but it is well balanced with XT-1 camera. The 23mm f/1.4 is the perfect mate for the 56mm f/1.2, a great combo. The lens is well made it is on the level with CZ and Leica M lens. Test may prove this is sharper when you cut down the F stops, hard for me to see. Any other fine lens that puts Fuji on the Mirroless map, FF or not and at a mere great low 16MPs, with no AA super sharp lens like the 56mm F1.2 just live for. If you shake the lens like/as a fool it will create a very mild knoking noise. But with lens no shaking is need before use, unless you are well you know. All lens have little quarks. Just reavel in the sharpness with a creamy Bokeh that is so well made.

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                            4.0

                            An Awesome Lens, but...

                            By James

                            from San Jose, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Shallow Dof

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens:

                            I've been using this lens for a while, and I'm very happy with the sharpness and bokeh rendition of this lens. However, I also learned a very important lesson when I compared this lens to my full frame 85mm. For the longest time, I couldn't figure out why this 56mm at f1.2 has about the same shallow DOF as my FF 85mm at f2. f1.2 should have much shallower DOF than my FF 85mm at f2. I later discovered that lenses designed for APS-C sensors have a different way of calculation DOF. 56mm f1.2 = 84mm f1.8 (f1.8 is the maximum amount of shallow DOF for this f1.2), which means that you will never get the true f1.2 shallow DOF like a FF lens would. The correct way to interpret this lens is: you are buying an 85mm f1.2 for the 85m focal lenght and an aperture of f1.2, but you are only getting a f1.8 lens in terms of shallow DOF. The purpose of getting a portrait lens like this is for the shallow DOF. A FF 85mm f1.8 costs only half the price as this one. I would suggest getting yourself educated about aperture equivalence before diving into this baby.

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