Fujifilm introduces 56mm f/1.2 portrait lens for X-mount

by Felix Esser

posted Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM EDT


At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Fujifilm has unveiled the latest addition to its X-mount lens lineup, the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R. With an equivalent focal length of 85mm and a large maximum aperture of f/1.2, it's a classic fast portrait lens. While it may not be that far off from the 60mm f/2.4 macro in terms of focal length, there's a huge difference in speed between the two lenses‒two stops to be exact. And that can make all the difference when it comes to shooting in low light as well as for subject isolation.

The optical construction of the XF 56mm f/1.2 R consists of 11 elements in 8 groups, of which two are made of extra-low dispersion glass and one features aspherical surfaces on both sides. Fujifilm's proprietary HT-EBC coating aims to minimize ghosting and flare, while the seven rounded aperture blades should provide a pleasing rendering of out-of-focus areas. As with all XF R lenses, the 56mm f/1.2 R comes with a manual aperture ring.

The complete tech specs of the lens read as follows:

  • Focal length: 56mm (85mm equivalent)
  • Max aperture: f/1.2; min. aperture: f/16
  • Min. focus distance: 0.7 m (27.6 in.)
  • Max. magnification: 0.09x
  • Filter thread: 62 mm
  • Dimensions (L x D): 69.7 x 73.2 mm (2.74 x 2.88 in.)
  • Weight: 405 g (14.3 oz)

The Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R will be available from February 2014 at a suggested retail price of US$999.99.