Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 APD R Review

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Reviews of the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 APD R from around the web.

ephotozine.com »

This telephoto lens for the Fujifilm X-series interchangeable lens cameras, may seem familiar, as it's virtually the same as the current 56mm f/1.2, which provides a field of view equivalent to an 84mm lens on a 35mm camera, sports a very bright f/1.2 maximum aperture and costs around £750. The difference with this lens is that it contains an apodisation (APD) filter in the optical path. The inclusion of this filter promises to produce smoother out of focus areas (bokeh), whilst maintaining crisp focus on your subject. The penalty for having the filter in the lens is that some light is lost at faster apertures. Another penalty is increased cost, with this lens being priced at around £1000, give or take a few pennies.
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imaging-resource.com »

Just when you though the bokeh of the original Fuji 56mm f/1.2 couldn't get any better, Fujifilm introduced a special version of their portrait prime at Photokina 2014, the Fuji 56mm f/1.2R APD. The "APD" stands for apodization, by which a filter is introduced into the optical path that features a smooth, circular gradation that darkens toward the outer edge. This essentially provides a softer edge to the lens's aperture and aims to provide smoother out of focus blur, but at the expense of some light transmission.
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