Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R Review

March 11, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 jaime

Is this lens stabilized? 
Very nice photo samples, but no shot of a pretty girl’s face.  Essential! 

1:34 pm - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#2 Mark Goldstein

No, it’s not stabilized.

2:36 pm - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#3 Greg

Thanks for the review. Regarding the lens hood—why is no metal a disappointment? Plastic seems to hold up much better. The paint doesn’t’ chip off and it is better at absorbing impact.
My 35mm 1.4’s hood is chipped all over. Looks terrible. Would have preferred a plastic hood.
My biggest disappointment with the 56mm’s hood is how large it is.

4:21 pm - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#4 Tobias Giesen

Hi, I tested my copy of the 56mm lens, and the edge softness wide open occurs only at minimum focusing distance! Just 20cm-40cm further away from the subject, the sharpness is fantastic across the frame, right up to the edge.

10:13 pm - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#5 Stephen Scharf

Nice to hear that this lens is performing consistently with other users expectations, but i have to say that I am not a fan of your lens testing protocol. Taking photos of brick walls and books is not meaningful or indicative of real world use or performance. I’d much rather you guys go and shoot in the real world and provide commentary on how the lens performs both on it’s own terms and relative other lens offerings.

3:33 am - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

#6 HF

Why is it the 42.5/1.2 Panasonic/Leica is rated lower? It is sharper in the corners wide open and I have the impression from your samples in the center, too. It has less chromatic aberrations, focuses closer AND has vibration reduction (making it a more expensive)?

6:49 am - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

#7 raceviper13

I really wish you would give the equivalent aperture for a full frame as a function of depth of field for lens reviews.  Then we would see this is equivalent to an 85mm f/1.8 lens on a full frame.  As a result, I am not sure why this is the lens of the year.  You can also get an 85mm f/1.8 on a full frame for less than $500.  However, if you need mirrorless, then, here you go…  If not, then a Nikon D610 (or canon equivalent) with an 85mm f/1.8 would be a much less expensive choice overall.


5:10 pm - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

#8 Gazzac

Listen all you Fuji Haters, this is one of the best fast primes on the planet - especially with Fujis consistent quality control so please just DEAL WITH IT. Nikons 1.2 is manual only and Canons has major front/back focus issues - I have had 3 of them !

7:32 pm - Monday, August 3, 2015

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