Lens review

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56 mm f/1.2 R

11 December 2014
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

  • tight, robust and sealed casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • practically zero lateral chromatic aberration,
  • proper control of the spherical aberration,
  • zero distortion level,
  • moderate astigmatism,
  • fast, quiet and accurate autofocus.


  • too weak image quality on the edge of the frame near the maximum relative aperture,
  • too high level of longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • distinct vignetting,
  • performance against bright light should have been better.

It is true that the Fujinon XF 56 mm f/1.2 R has many advantages – after all not every lens manages to break resolution records like it does. On the other hand the cons list consists of as many as four positions; taking into account the price of the 1.2/56 model it might be considered a bit worrisome. Still you need to assess those cons properly. The vignetting level is significant; still the lens fares better than its full frame rivals - even the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 mm f/1.2 Asph. P.O.I.S., designed for smaller Micro 4/3 sensors, fared significantly worse in that category.

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With such extreme parameters and moderate physical dimensions of the lens (the Fujinon is after all significantly smaller than e.g. the Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G) it is really very difficult to get high MTF values on the edge of the frame. We are not surprised the tested device failed to do so by f/1.2-2.0.

The only slip-ups which surprised us in a negative way and which were, in our opinion, avoidable, are the work against bright light and the longitudinal chromatic aberration. Even such a fast instrument as the tested Fujinon should correct that aberration better.

To sum up it would be difficult not to be satisfied with the performance of the Fujinon 1.2/56 – it is really a good instrument which might provide an experienced user with plenty of great shots. Unfortunately it also follows the overpricing trend, so characteristic for X system lenses. Even a slight price reduction would improve our overall impressions.