Taking The Stage – Fujifilm’s XF 56mm F1.2 R WR Lens

  By Ryley Smith

 

Unleash your creativity and harness the versatility of the new Fujifilm FUJINON XF 56mm F1.2 R WR Lens! Engineered to deliver images with ultimate clarity and precise detail, the lens incorporates a focusing group comprised of aspherical and ED elements and minimizes chromatic and comatic aberrations. Offering an equivalent 35mm focal length of an 85mm lens, its fast maximum aperture delivers both precise control over depth-of-field as well as beautiful bokeh effects. Its stunning optical construction produces high resolution, aberration-free results packed with detail and colour. From portraiture to weddings and any other creative applications, the XF 56mm F1.2 R WR is the lens engineered for portrait perfection.


Image by Xiaopin Tang

The XF 56mm F1.2 R WR is ready to take the stage and outperform! Its optical construction comprises 13 elements in eight groups, including one ED and two aspherical elements. The eight elements used in the focusing group take high-refractive technology from FUJINON Cinema Lenses to minimize chromatic, spherical, and comatic aberrations. This helps minimize light bleed within highlights, boosting image quality and subject detail in the process. It also reduces the curvature of the image plane at close range, which means the reduction in close focusing distance from 70cm (27.56 in) to 50cm (19.69 in) will have little to no effect on overall image quality, despite the shorter distance from the lens to the subject. This makes it an ideal portrait lens, but also great for other applications within tabletop, product and commercial photography. 

The XF 56mm F1.2 R WR is the first X Mount lens to feature 11 diaphragm blades, which results in a clean, almost perfectly circular aperture, even at F4 or F5.6. The result is a clean edge along a highlight, with minimal aberrations and distractions, that is especially pleasing when it is out of focus. The clarity and detail are only matched by the wonderfully smooth bokeh, while busy backgrounds melt away from their subjects and create a unique isolating effect not easily achieved with any other lens. 


Image by Lei Ling

To prevent unwanted movement of the aperture ring, the XF 56mm F1.2 R WR features an A position lock. It also enables control of the lens’s aperture setting by using a command dial on an X Series camera body. The manual focus control has also been optimized to make achieving accurate focus simple and easy, which is particularly useful when creating images with minimal depth of field. 

Creativity never stops with the XF 56mm F1.2 R WR’s weather sealing. Using nine rubber seals, the lens is protected from dust and moisture while also maintaining full functionality in temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F). The fluorine-coated front element repels water, fingerprints, and other marks to help keep image quality high when the weather turns against you. 

Click here to preorder the Fujifilm FUJINON XF 56mm F1.2 R WR Lens!

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Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.