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Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD
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- The XF56mmF1.2 R APD offers brilliant levels of sharpness even when shooting with the aperture at F1.2
- The apodization filter smoothes the bokeh's outlines. This combination of image sharpness and beautiful bokeh delivers portraits with a three-dimensional feel.
- An optical construction of 11 glass elements in 8 groups, including one a spherical glass molded lens element and two extra low dispersion lens elements has been used.
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Apodization filter delivers more creative portraits
The FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD lens offers brilliant levels of sharpness even when shooting with the aperture at F1.2. In addition, the apodization filter smoothes the outline of the subject to create a more natural bokeh effect. This combination of image sharpness and beautiful bokeh delivers portraits with a three-dimensional feel.
This lens uses an optical construction of 11 glass elements in 8 groups, including one aspherical glass molded lens element and two extra low dispersion lens elements. Spherical aberrations are corrected by the aspherical glass element to deliver high resolution at the maximum aperture setting. Additionally, thanks to the combination of two extra-low dispersion lens elements and three cemented lens elements, chromatic aberrations are greatly reduced.
By applying Fujifilm's unique HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) to all lens surfaces, ghosting and flare are controlled for sharp, clear results.
The lens also makes the most of Fujifilm's unique X-Trans* CMOS low pass filter-less sensor for extremely high image quality. Ghosting and flare are controlled even under harsh conditions such as backlighting.
By combining this lens with an X Series camera body** with Lens Modulation Optimizer*** (LMO) technology, the performance from the lens is improved even further. LMO corrects for diffraction*4 to produce images with edge-to-edge sharpness and a realistic three-dimensional effect, even at small apertures.
First Autofocus lens with an apodization filter
The XF56mmF1.2 R APD lens is the first to use high-precision contrast AF in combination with an apodization filter, a feature that was only available with manual focus lenses in the past. Combined with an X Series camera body, more natural portraits are possible thanks to the near-silent shutter.
Excellent build quality and accuracy
The apodization filter delivers its best results at wider apertures. To enable wide apertures to be used even in bright environments, an ND filter is included that adjusts brightness in three levels. To indicate the apodizing effect, the lens features an aperture ring showing the effective F No. in red. The difference between the F No. and the effective F No. indicates the effectiveness of the apodization filter.
Both the focus and aperture rings are metal, as well as the exterior of the lens body, for a high-quality finish. The texture and torque on the rings makes shooting smooth and even for delicate manual focusing.
|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Mountings||Fujifilm X|
|Item Dimensions||2.87 x 2.87 x 2.76 inches|
|Item Display Weight||600 grams|
|Item Weight||0.89 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.2|
|Maximum Focal Length||56 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||56 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||28.5 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
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A large-diameter medium-telephoto prime lens. The fast F1.2 lens produces creamy bokeh, while its 56mm focal length, equivalent to 85mm in 35mm film format, offers a comfortable shooting distance from the subject. X-Series cameras have won a solid reputation for their faithful reproduction of skin tones and combining them with this lens delivers the ultimate portrait photography results. The built-in APD filter, the pinnacle of Fujifilm's nanotechnology, produces even smoother bokeh, making the subject stand out even more and enhances creativity, not only for portraits, but also on a wide range of other subjects.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love my X-E2 and 56mm F1.2 (the original non-APD version), and I wanted to see if this was right for me. It's basically the same lens, which is a good (actually great) thing. Fuji makes amazing lenses, and the 56mm is the best of the lot. Great build quality, amazing sharpness, tremendous light gathering ... Do yourself a favor and get that lens (look around for deals too).
What makes this different? Well it's got a slightly different aperture ring (more on that later) and a non-removable filter in the back. That's about it (it also comes with a nice removable neutral density filter that attaches to the front threads). What's so special about that filter? Well it's an apodization (works like a radial neutral density) filter, where the outside is darker (though shouldn't impact color rendition, thus the "neutral") on the outside and gently fading towards the center. If you could see the filter, you'd probably struggle to see it's graduation unless against a white background.
So what does that mean? Ah, there's the magic. This filter isn't intended to reduce light in the corners (it's more of a side effect), rather it causes out of focus bits to have even creamier and dreamier bokeh when shot wide open by smoothing out everything that's out of focus It really does a great job of this, but so does the original 56mm lens. This lens is a study in diminishing returns, and it's truly a niche lens. Sony made a apodization lens, and Nikon had a somewhat similar (different means of enhancing bokeh) DC lens, but most Sony and Nikon shooters probably don't even know they exist. These lenses are far more niche than macro, tilt-shift, fisheye, etc.. lenses. Thus this probably isn't for you.
It's a remarkable lens, as it's the only apodization lens with AF (as much due to the ability of all X systems cameras to use contrast detection to focus), and it really does a great job. The problem is that you get 99% of the same effect with the regular 56mm F1.2, and this lens has a few negatives:
Price (it costs 50% more)
No phase detect AF (can slow down AF and removes a benefit of newer bodies)
Reduced light gathering (the special aperture ring shows the true T-stop)
Sometimes you don't want uber creamy bokeh
So I'd suggest you get the other 56mm lens, and if you're a working pro (and can justify the cost by enough uses for the niche) or a passionate amateur with resources, get this as an additional 56mm Fuji. This lens is like one of those weird screwdriver tips you need to fix a Macbook or Xbox, as its not going to be as useful as a phillips (or slotted) 99% of the time.
I ended up passing on keeping this lens. I'll miss it, but I'd rather keep my original 56mm and invest elsewhere.
Overall, the R is 5 star but the APD is 5+ star. Will your clients notice?..likely not. Will you notice? Yes...I think so.