Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 R Review

I've owned a ton of lenses in my lifetime, everything from a 70-200mm f/2.8 to tamrons new 35mm f/1.8 VC lens and been blown away by a lot of them. But when I heard Fujifilm offered a 56mm f/1.2 lens (85mm equivalent on an FF sensor), I had to pick this up. I've used the Canon 50mm f/1.2 and 85mm f/1.2 lenses and they were brilliant 

Without a doubt, this lens is sharp. Even shooting wide open at f/1.2, its consistent (as long as you nail the focus with that shallow DOF). My experience with a few lenses in this range is that wide open theyre often times soft. This is not the case here. 

Build Quality

The build quality of this is very premium and is made up of an all metal chassis. Its built like a tank. Unlike some of Fujis newer lenses, this is not weather sealed so it lacks the rubber gasket on the camera mount unlike my 23mm lens. The focusing, it is noticeable clunky sounding but really not a huge issue. Fuji has always made excellent lenses and this is no exception. A dedicated aperture ring is on this lens like all Fuji lenses. I wish the aperture ring had a little more weight to it, as its easy to switch without realizing it.

AF Performance

This lens is going to be a perfect lens for portraiture or other still subjects so I wouldn't recommend it for shooting moving subjects. Since this is an f/1.2 lens, the glass element is rather large and not the fastest at focusing but thats to be expected with a lens like this. Still, this is not a huge issue for what most people are going to be using it for. From my tests, I noticed that it does like to hunt for focus at wider apertures but stopped down to f/2.8+ its doesn't quite as much.

Image Quality

Like all Fuji lenses, the image quality is outstanding, very crisp, and accurate. Colors are very nice and the bokeh is creamy and smooth and very pleasing to look at. Like I stated before, its a very sharp lens even at f/1.2. I certainly have no complaints with sharpness or overall image quality.

Conclusion

For the price you pay for this lens ($999 USD), its definitely one of the best bang for your buck lenses when you compare it to the prices of the Canon f/1.2 lenses. This is one of my favorite lenses of all time right now and I do not regret my purchase. If you're a portrait photographer, definitely pick this up. Its nice to see Fuji offer a lens like this in their lineup. The 56mm f/1.2 lens definitely sold me even more on the Fuji X system over my Canon.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of my sample images.