Amidst all the attention given to Fujifilm’s release of its latest flagship camera, the X-H2, it’s easy to forget some of the other major announcements from the brand.
One of these is the company’s new XF56mm f/1.2 R WR mid-telephoto lens, which is part of its X Series lineup of lenses and wonderfully compatible with Fujifilm’s newest cameras. According to Fujifilm, this new model is weather-resistant and delivers “outstanding” image performance while also producing wonderful bokeh.
The 56mm focal length of the Fujinon XF56mm resolves that way when the lens is combined with an X Series camera from the brand. However, it’s equivalent to 85mm of focal length in full-frame cameras. This makes the new lens useful for close-up shots of objects, certain distinct subjects and of course, portraits, because of a strong background separation.
Fujifilm’s lens is assembled from a total of 13 elements that include two aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element. 8 elements make up the focusing group for the camera and use high-refractive technology such as that found in the company’s cinematic lenses. Fujifilm also explains that this high-refractive technology of the lens particularly reduces light bleed in highlights, creating better subject details and visual quality.
Additionally, the focusing elements in the lens are designed to reduce and suppress distortions such as chromatic and spherical aberration for a level of image sharpness that’s edge-to-edge and smoothes out any defocused areas. This is how the Fujinon XF56mm creates its “stunning” bokeh.
The Fujinon XF56mm also features enhanced autofocus that works off a direct current motor for high speed and greater accuracy. This is combined with a bearing mechanism for minimized friction while the DC motor is focusing the lens. A further bonus is that all of these elements operate together with nearly no noise according to Fujifilm.
Another aspect of the lens is an 11-bladed aperture diaphragm that creates a “near perfect” circle according to the company. Fujifilm claims that this works even when the diaphragm is closed down to f/5.6. What’s more, this model’s minimum focus distance has been squeezed down to 41 centimeters, or 16 inches, for some very decent close-up shooting.
One other cool feature is a water-repellant fluorine coating on the front glass that also protects against fingerprints, smudges, or stains. This is complemented by a lens barrel design that’s water resistant along 9 points and can operate smoothly even at temperatures of -10 degrees Celcius, or 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The lens as a whole weighs only 445 grams, or 15.69 ounces, which isn’t too bad for its size.
Finally, as far as availability and price go, the Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 R WR goes on sale at roughly the same time as the brand’s new X-H2 camera in late September. It will be available for a suggested retail price of $999.95.
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