He says "This is Finally what I was Waiting For” accurate. I have been looking for a system to complement my DSLR – and man, this looked good." - RC Concepcion
90 percent of my time, you can always find me with a DSLR in hand. I have been wanting to find a smaller system to complement that rig. In that, I was really curious what Fuji was doing with the XT1. I got a chance to play with one for a few days. I made some HDR shots, and even got to make some portraits with it. My thoughts, and some full res JPGs for people to peep are up at my blog today. Do go and check it out:
Here's Anna, photographed with the Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 lens mounted on an XT1 body, and set to f1.2 of course. It's an out-of-camera JPEG that's part of my latest in-depth review of this fabulous new lens! While there's been a 60mm f2.4 for the X system for some time, the 56mm f1.2 is the first native X-mount lens designed with portraiture in mind. It delivers coverage equivalent to 84mm, while the f1.2 focal ratio allows you to achieve a very shallow depth of field - and while it's not as extreme as f1.2 on a full-frame 85mm lens, the out-of-focus rendering effects still look pretty darned good, and I have loads of examples and comparisons for you to pore over!
Better still the lens is sharp into the corners even at the maximum aperture, and as the icing on the cake it also plays well with the continuous autofocusing on the latest bodies, allowing you to use it successfully for close-range action photography.
So while it is the only game in town for X-series owners who want a fast prime with AF, Fuji hasn't exploited a captive audience and rested on its laurels. I'm pleased to report the 56mm continues the tradition of great quality optics and becomes another valuable addition to the small but rather fabulous X-mount catalogue.
Check out my in-depth review for my full report, comparisons, results and samples, including, for the lens and bokeh nerds like me, a head-to-head against the Leica Nocticron! Yes I know they're for different systems, but it's still interesting to see how both handle the same subjects, especially when it comes to their approaches to rendering of out-of-focus areas. It's fascinating for optical enthusiasts.
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