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March In August rally at Hyde Park, Sydney (with Fuji X-Pro 1 & 56mm f/1.2, 18mm f/2) | Robert Catto

March In August rally at Hyde Park, Sydney (with Fuji X-Pro 1 & 56mm f/1.2, 18mm f/2) | Robert Catto | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This weekend saw thousands of Australians take to the streets of cities across the country to protest the Tony Abbott / Liberal coalition government’s cuts to Federal spending in areas like education, health, the public sector, science and the environment, as well as their stance on immigration.  Sydney was no exception – and the march, starting and finishing at Hyde Park, featured a brief concert by local band The Jezabels at the conclusion of the event. I thought it was a good chance to test out the 56mm f/1.2 a bit more, and a few with the 18mm f/2 as well; but I was really enjoying the creativity of some of the signs & costumes people had made – and a few more that were added at the site, too......

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Fuji 56mm f/1.2 | Bryan Jones

Fuji 56mm f/1.2 |  Bryan Jones | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

One of the very first Fuji 56mm f/1.2 lenses in North America found its way into my hands a few months ago and I’ve been shooting with it ever since as it has become my go-to portrait lens for the Fuji X-Mount system and likely for all camera systems.  The Fuji 56mm f/1.2 is both sharp where it needs to be and has a pleasing, smooth bokeh in the out of focus areas helping to nicely isolate your subject from the background. So, how does the lens perform?  This portrait was an informal shot made in available light in the middle of a lunchroom of James A. Martin, during a visit to Janelia Farm back in March.  The lens grabbed his attention and he came over to introduce himself and to see the camera (Fuji X-T1 and this lens).  You can see the razor thin focal plane of this lens when opened wide up at f/1.2, but you can also see how sharp it is within the plane of focus as well as the beautiful out of focus quality or bokeh.  Like I said, its the new go-to lens for portraits......

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Two lens portrait shoot-out -- the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and Fuji 56mm f/1.4 on the X-T1 | Tom Grill

Two lens portrait shoot-out -- the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and Fuji 56mm f/1.4 on the X-T1 | Tom Grill | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This is not a contest to see which lens is best. They are both exceptional at what they do, but do have differences that make them suitable for different tasks when shooting portraits. For this very reason, for my Nikon system I keep both the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 105mm macro lenses for photographing beauty and portraits. I do comparison shoot-out like this with new equipment so I can gain experiential knowledge I can apply to later shoots. It helps me decide quickly what lens I need in any given situation. For most portrait situations it isn't going to make much of a difference, but when you need a distracting background thrown completely you'll be wishing you had the f/1.2 aperture of the Fuji 56mm, and when you try to move in for a tighter composition with the model's face you will appreciate the macro capabilities of the Zeiss Touit 50mm allowing you to get as close as 1:1.

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Fuji X-T1 & 56mm f1.2 - Amber Tutton | Richard Hurst Photography

Fuji X-T1 & 56mm f1.2 - Amber Tutton | Richard Hurst Photography | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Today I arranged some time in the studio to really put the X-T1 and the Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 through it’s paces. I wanted to try using the various Fuji colour profiles the camera has as well as use it with different types of studio lights and wireless triggers to see what worked and what didn’t. Well as normal the X-T1 just blew me away with it’s ease of use. By using the preview exposure in manual mode all of my images were perfectly exposed and the highlights were as wanted. The 56mm performed flawlessly as always, such an amazingly sharp lens! For those that know me i have always previously been a Canon shooter, starting with the 5D, then moving up to the 5DMKII and finally onto the 1DX. I had a array of “L” lenses as I openly admit to having what they call “gear acquisition syndrome” or GAS for short. basically I can’t stop buying camera equipment. Not a bad thing really as I could be wasting my money on drinking, smoking, gambling etc. All things I don’t do (well the odd football bet doesn’t count does it??). Well anyway I made the switch over to Fuji and the X-T1 and X-Pro1 bodies, much to the aghast of some and haven’t looked back. I am so happy I made the change. Not only is all my kit lighter to carry but I’m achieving far better results than I was previously, anyway I digress so back to the day.......

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Top International Reviews: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R | TOMEN

Top International Reviews: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R | TOMEN | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

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Fujifilm XF56mm f1.2 Lens Review | FStoppers

Fujifilm XF56mm f1.2 Lens Review | FStoppers | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

When I got a chance to try the new Fuji XF56mm f1.2 I jumped at it, not just because it was substantially cheaper and lighter than the Canon 85mm f1.2 II I’d played with last year, but because this lens is a clear shot across the bow at Canon and Nikon, with a lens aimed at professional portrait shooters. This was a new line in the sand, but could this thing play with the big boys? This lens has been out a few months now but it’s still hard to find because it’s in such demand. Early pre-production previews raved about it. When I got my hands on one of the few that became available to market, I shot with it almost daily for a little over 4 weeks to really test the AF and image quality. I wanted to see what 1.2 on an 85mm full frame equivalent gave Fuji shooters. My benchmark was the Canon 85mm 1.2L II which I had access to for 2.5 months last year. It’s a great piece of glass but comes at a price, both literally (it’s more than double the almost-$1000 Fuji 56mm) and in figurative, weight terms (the Canon comes in at a little over 2lbs, about 4 times what the Fuji weighs). That Canon is a beautiful lens but it starts to get really heavy after a while.....................

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Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R (Fujifilm) - Review | PhotoZone

Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R (Fujifilm) - Review | PhotoZone | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Verdict:

The Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R mimics pretty much the behaviour of the Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R - and that's a good thing really. It combines an ultra-large aperture with high quality results. At large aperture settings the center quality is already pretty high whereas the borders/corners are at least on a good level. The resolution is much more snappy at f/2.8 and images are very sharp across the image field between f/4 and f/8. The very low amount of lateral CAs also contributes to the high sharpness perception. Image distortions are nothing to worry about whereas vignetting can be an issue in RAW images at f/1.2 and f/1.6. However, Fujifilm is relying on image auto-correction so this is usually a lesser issue from a user perspective. The rendering of the bokeh is impressive thanks to a smooth blur and good out-of-focus highlights. There is, of course, some bokeh fringing but that's true for the vast majority of lenses in this aperture class. The build quality of the XF 56mm f/1.2 R is very high and as such in line with the other Fujinon XF lenses. It is mostly made of metal and precisely assembled although we miss a weather sealing which should be standard at this price point. The AF is pretty fast on the X-T1 although the combo is still stays a little short of what we can experience on similar DSLRs-based combos. As already mention, the Fujinon is a bit pricey in absolute terms but high speed simply comes at a price. However, when looking at the results, it is a fair offering and simply also an obvious choice for Fujifilm users looking for an ultra-fast lens for street or portrait photography. Therefore highly recommended! ........

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International Workers' Day in Oslo, shot with the Fujinon 56mm f1.2 | Kjetil Kvien Madsen

International Workers' Day in Oslo, shot with the Fujinon 56mm f1.2 | Kjetil Kvien Madsen | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Finally got my back-ordered Fujinon 56mm f1.2 about a week ago. What a better way of testing this lens with some street portraits at the International Workers’ Day. I went f1,2 all day to see how the 56mm and XT-1 would hold up. Both with AF-C and AF-S depending on the circumstance. Compared to my DSLR and 85 f1,4 i think the success rate what quite high. I would guess 85% keepers. That’s not bad considering the small DOF (Depth Of Field) you get at f1,2. The image quality is also quite staggering wide open. The lens is Small considering it is a 85mm f1,2 equivalent on full frame. Focusing is fast, and reliable. My only thing to point out before you take this lens outdoors, is don’t activate the macro mode in your camera. My first test shots outdoors, trying to shoot at infinity, the camera would not lock on to anything. When in macro mode, this lens will only focus from 70 cm to 3 meters. When deactivating the macro mode the focus goes from 70 cm to infinity. Just a heads up if you encounter this problem......

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The Fujinon 56mm - Bokeh Master | David Cleland

The Fujinon 56mm - Bokeh Master | David Cleland | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
In Conclusion

If you are looking for a lens that captures sharp images and stunning bokeh the 56mm is definitely the lens to go for. The perfect partner to the 23mm it has to be one of best lenses I have used in terms of performance and image quality. The 56mm is a bokeh machine that is perfect for people photography. It is a joy to use and will be a firm favourite on my X-T1 for sometime to come. I have set up a 56mm flickr set here that will grow over time........

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More Fuji vs Canon Lenses – 85mm F1.2 vs 56mm F1.2 | Andrew van Beek