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FujifilmXF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens
 
4.9

(based on 116 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (92)
  • Strong construction (78)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (68)
  • Consistent output (58)
  • Durable (58)

Cons

  • Heavy (16)
  • Slow focus (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (74)
  • Weddings (64)
  • Night photography (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (27)
  • Portraits (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Deadly Sharp

By chris

from wash, dc

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is a great portrait lens. It produces an image consistent with an 85/1.8 on full-frame, but that doesn't tell the whole story....it's really spectacular and well-built. slight deduction for AF noise and wish the aperture ring were a little tighter but it still warrants a 5 star rating, especially when it's on sale.

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    5.0

    Out of this world IQ

    By Slownomaguy

    from Santa Rosa, CA

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Portraits
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Only had this out a couple of times but am I ever looking forward to my next session with this beauty. As usual (with Fuji) the build quality is outstanding but the image quality, shallow depth of field, bokeh, and color definition are truly amazing. I have never been much for portrait work, but I with this baby I might have to start. It's also a great mid-range telephoto so I also plan to use it for isolated landscape work as well. Super sharp at all apertures but this thing begs to be shot wide open. I intend to oblige. Was a bit concerned that at 56 (85 FF equivalent) it might be difficult to get sharp focus without OIS, but it isn't. This lens (like all my Fuji gear really) is a joy to use. I am not a "fan boy" but if you own a Fuji x-series body this is a must-have lens IMHO.

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    5.0

    Zenith of Portraiture

    By Tommyboy

    from Central California

    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
      • Weddings/Events

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

      What an extraordinary lens! Compact, not heavy, well built, and as sharp as a tack. This is what a portrait lens should be. The bokeh is scrumptious. All of Fuji's prime lenses are must-haves, but this seemed a natural pairing for my 23mm f/1.4, and I was right. If you want to take pictures of people, I can't recommend this lens enough. Very pleased.

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      5.0

      Excellent portrait lens

      By Dave

      from Urbana,IL

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

      I love this lens on my X-Pro's
      Quality is on pair with Canon and Nikon.

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      5.0

      Great portrait and short tele

      By Pkcpga

      from Newburyport, ma

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      One of my favorite lenses by Fuji. Now with the xpro2 it focuses very well and takes amazing photos. I was able to capture birds in a wildlife preserve through the cage without having the cage in view. The DOF works great, great bokeh and very sharp in the center.

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      5.0

      Spectacular Lens

      By Red Erik

      from Constant Travel

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I learned on 1960's film cameras with wonderful German fixed lenses. I have old images of rugby games in rain where mud splashes from 50 yards away were clear with 35mm Zeiss lens.

        I have run through all the Canons, Nikons, SONY a7's, GH4, Oly, etc..... great cameras.

        Just started shooting with Fuji and prime lenses. Blown away. This lens, the 90mm, and some of the others, are producing JPEG images of a quality I have never seen in the other digital cameras. (Nikons color biased. Canon's flat.)

        And beyond that - hard to describe - the lens "character" is so predictable that I get into a "rhythm" of shooting I have not felt for a long time.

        My SONYs are like wonderful little computers. Do amazing things, but shooting with them is like running a keyboard.

        The Fuji gear, and this lens included, are like an extension of my body and mind.

        Within minutes of attaching this lens I was feeling the light, sensing depth of field, and moving around smoothly without pausing to change menus, or even to press preset buttons.

        Amazing lens.

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        5.0

        Just perfect

        By Art teacher momma

        from Grass Valley, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Lifestyle Photography
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I love this lens on my xe-1. A few years ago when I chose to end my portrait photography business and go back to teaching I sold my Cannon 5D and my beloved 85mm lens. I love the size and weight of my new combo, and having a fast lens with great color and beautiful blur makes me so happy! This is a great lens.

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          5.0

          Gem

          By Ashley

          from Virginia

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

          Light, Sharp, and Fast!!

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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

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                        Verified Reviewer

                        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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