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FujifilmXF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens
 
4.9

(based on 108 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (87)
  • Strong construction (74)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (65)
  • Durable (56)
  • Consistent output (53)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)
  • Slow focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Low light (70)
  • Weddings (59)
  • Night photography (42)
  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Portraits (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (93)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Glad I switched from Canon

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...Read complete review

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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Comes with a learning curve...

I use this as a portrait lens on my X E-1. My first attempts yielded exceedingly soft slightly blurred photos. Admittedly they were hand held at max aperture in low light, As...Read complete review

I use this as a portrait lens on my X E-1. My first attempts yielded exceedingly soft slightly blurred photos. Admittedly they were hand held at max aperture in low light, As the camera is well known for autofocus adventures, I'm suspecting it to be the culprit. Even so other Fuji lenses have yielded much better results under similar conditions. My next outing will be with tripod and remote release - Hardly the stuff of candid portraiture.

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5.0

Sharper than my Canon "L" lenses.

By Paul

from Ohio

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever shot with with the exception of some very specialized lenses. I have a ton of flagship Canon "L" glass and this is equal to or exceeds the image quality produced with those lenses. Colour is great, bokeh is absolutely outstanding, especially for ASP-C sensors, vignetting is minimal to nonexistent, and little to no barrel distortion or any other flaws I can think of. It focuses faster than many of my other Fuji lenses and when it locks on focus, it's accurate. All in all, a very wise investment. Just another reason I've been moving away from Canon's $7,000 flagship cameras and using the Fuji X-Pro1 (and soon to be X-Pro2) exclusively.

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    5.0

    Sharpest lens I have ever had

    By Syed Arefinul Haque

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography

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

    This is tack sharp starting from the wide open f1.2. Autofocus is almost 100% perfect accurate albeit a little slow. Color rendering is beautiful. Bokeh is a little harsh, but you should not expect everything to be perfect.

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    5.0

    Brilliant, stunning glass

    By Charles/Borderless

    from Doha, Qatar

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

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

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

    This lens is gorgeous, and a must-have lens for any Fuji photographer who shoots portraits. But it's more versatile than that, and proves itself a winner with landscapes and even street shots. Wide open, it's stunning, with beautiful bokeh. And stopped down it brings some nice compression to everyday street scenes and landscapes. Eight months ago I bought the XT1 and began investing in the Fuji X system. The 23mm 1.4 and the 56mm 1.2 were my first lenses. Both of them are winners. Both highly recommended.My only complaint with this lens, and with some others in the Fuji lineup, is that there is little fixed grip surface on the lens barrel. When you twist the lens to mount or dismount, you're just as likely to turn the focus ring or the f-stop ring, which makes lens changing a little finicky. I've gotten used to this, but my old Nikon lenses were easier to change. Fuji should work on this in future lens designs.

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    4.0

    Beautiful in low light

    By norliange

    from Paris, France

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Light weight and easy to use. Perfect for interior shots which is what I have mainly done up to now. Very nice bokeh results. Really nice metal construction solid lense.

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      4.0

      Great lens for portraits

      By MertMcConahey

      from New York City

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

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

        Love this lens. The image quality and sharpness are outstanding. It's the second lens I have for my Fuji xt-1 and I couldn't be happier with it. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because the manual focus ring isn't as smooth as I would like it to be but the autofocus is super fast and quite accurate. I've only managed to miss focus a few times but that is my fault for using the face recognition feature instead of single point focus so that's on the camera and not the lens. The Bokeh is great by the way. I would shoot this not wide open though and shoot it at 1.8 instead of 1.2, but that is just a preference thing because I love super sharp focus and its a little soft at 1.2.

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        5.0

        Stunning Portrait lens

        By Matt

        from Palo Alto, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

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

          Head Shots for actors, Portraits for Business people, natural light photos where I want the extreme bokah. Because of the 1.5 cropped Fuji X sensor, the bokah is more like the bokah of an 85mm f 1.8 lens with a full frame sensor but still amazingly creamy snd smooth to isolate my subject.
          I tested my Canon, Nikon and Leica portrait lenses against this on the Fuji X body by adapters and this lens is sharper than any of them! With the Fuji X system, it produces the best skin tones of any of my other camera bodies and lenses, however, I don't have adapters to put a Fuji X lens on a Nikon, Canon, or Sony body.

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          5.0

          Gotta have forFuji XT 1

          By Denny O. Sgt.-at-Arms

          from Fenton, MI

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography

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

            For portraits this is outstanding. Lightweight. Great if you grew up on film cameras and like to use manual settings. But don't worry if you have to use automatic, this works just fine.

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            5.0

            Perfect lens.

            By Sami The Chilean.

            from Rutherford N.J

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

            Perfect optics, Fuji doesn't stop surprising me with their top quality products.
            This lens produce amazingly sharp pictures.
            The background blur it's dreamy and beautiful.
            Incredible value for what you get for the money.
            Highly recommend!

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            5.0

            Simply Supurb

            By SteveWe

            from Fallbrook CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This lens (85mm-equivalent) is extraordinary: very fast at f/1.2; no visible distortion corner to corner; no optical aberrations like color fringing; all metal construction; an aspherical element and ED elements; fast auto-focus with manual override; nice bokeh. In all, a supurb portrait lens.

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              4.0

              Amazing portrait lens

              By Hangbot

              from Honolulu, HI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Moving from Canon to Fuji, I want to be able to shoot with focal lengths I know and am comfortable with. This lens definitely makes the transition easier.

                With the APS-C sensor, the XF 56/1.2 is almost equivelent to Canon's 85/1.2. Both with an 85mm focal length, have amazing bokeh. I find that the Fuji 56mm is a little sharper, definitely lighter in weight, and has a faster AF. It's a joy to travel with.

                My only gripe is it's lack of weather sealing.

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                5.0

                Amazing portrait lens

                By Kris M.

                from LA, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

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

                Great quality, sharp, fast portrait lens for your Fuji X system. Sharp even wide open as you must have heard from many reviews going around. Great metal construction, and fast aperture of 1.2 (very rare). Great in low light situations.

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                5.0

                A great sharp portrait lens

                By EdPhoto

                from Ithaca, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    For weddings, music, portraits, it succeeds!

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                    5.0

                    Believe It!

                    By bclook

                    from Lexington, KY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        As one might suspect, I use this lens for portraiture. It's amazing. It is incredibly sharp, renders colors beautifully and produces a cool bokeh effect.

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                        5.0

                        Pure and true, mouth watering bokeh

                        By Alex Leon

                        from San Diego

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

                        This is the best lens I've used, ever. It is really hard to explain but the weight, the construction and the images from this lens are all reasons why I bought it. Heard lots in reviews, did my home work and saved up for this and it was the best decision for my wedding work i've made this year. I also bought a 27mm a 35mm and an xpro1 to add to my gear! All great stuff. You have to get used to the framing, that's it. :) A+ thanks for the quick ship b&h ;) ps. found it [$]bucks less a day after I bought it on the site and bh refunded the discount :)

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                        5.0

                        Pure and true, mouth watering bokeh

                        By Alex Leon

                        from San Diego

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

                        This is the best lens I've used, ever. It is really hard to explain but the weight, the construction and the images from this lens are all reasons why I bought it. Heard lots in reviews, did my home work and saved up for this and it was the best decision for my wedding work i've made this year. I also bought a 27mm a 35mm and an xpro1 to add to my gear! All great stuff. You have to get used to the framing, that's it. :) A+ thanks for the quick ship b&h ;)

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                        5.0

                        Excellent lens

                        By Sergey R

                        from New York

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            not much to say , very sharp ,even wide open .
                            excellent portrait lens .

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic Portrait Lens

                            By Brian

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I bought this lens to use with my X-T1 because I wanted the classic 85mm equivalent field of view for portraits. The bokeh is fantastic and the sharpness is completely useable wide open. I love the manual aperture rings on these lenses, and I also appreciate that the hood can be stored on the lens when not in use. I highly recommend this lens.

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                              4.0

                              couldn't justify the price

                              By shmily

                              from Cupertino CA

                              About Me Photography Student

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Blurry Focus
                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              As told by tons of reviews online, the build quality is good and it's super sharp in focus. However, the autofocus can be slow (compared with fuji 23mm f1.4) and inaccurate. The bokeh does not fit my aesthetics as well. I got this on sale for $100 off, but still couldn't justify for the price.

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                              5.0

                              Fuji XF 56mm Lens

                              By finalimage

                              from Brattleboro, Vermont

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                Nice lens, sharp and good in low light with f/1.2 capability.

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                                5.0

                                GREAT portrait lens in Fujifilm X-mount

                                By ardent amateur

                                from Grantham, NH

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  Wide open at f/1.2 with this 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm, this lens provides stellar bokeh as well as sharp focus for striking portraits.

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