Fuji 50mm f/2 vs. 56mm f/1.2

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I decided to do a quick test of the new 50mm f/2 compared to the excellent 56mm f/1.2.  The new 50mm f/2 is a compact, weather-resistant prime lens, while the older 56mm f/1.2 fills the class 85mm portrait focal length with an ultra-fast f/1.2 aperture.  Obviously, the 56mm f/1.2 will provide over one stop of additional light, but in other imaging characteristics, how do they stack up?  Let’s take a look.

The Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 WR and the XF 56mm f/1.2

The Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 WR and the XF 56mm f/1.2

The Lenses

As you can see from above, while similar in length, the two lenses are quite a bit different in width, as well as weight. The 56mm f/1.2 is one of the legendary lenses in the Fuji X lineup. It’s one of my personal favorite lenses of all time, and I love shooting with it.  It’s not a perfect lens by any means, but its combination of character, sharpness and great drawing style make for a very compelling optic.

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Fuji 50mm f/2 vs. 56mm f/1.2

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