Fujifilm 56mm F1.2 Portraits

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 Fujinon Lens Portrait TestAt the beginning of November Calumet, supplied me with a test model of the Fujifilm XT1 and 56mm F1.2 Portrait Lens £829.00 (Calumet Photographic). I have been itching to try the 56mm lens and as a professional portrait photographer I favour Fixed Prime Lenses for all my sittings using the Hasselblad 100mm F2.2 Lens £3088.00 (Calumet Photographic) a great deal. However, the Fujifilm 56mm is an outstanding piece of glass comparable with its’ medium format and full frame counterparts.

Julian Glover Actor Portrait XT1+56mm F1.2As a user of the Fujifilm X System from the beginning, I originally invested in the X20 then later purchasing the X-Pro-1. Fujifilm just seems to be going from strength to strength with its X Series lenses. The 56mm is a high quality short telephoto prime, it delivers equivalent coverage of 84mm, which is both flattering for portrait photography and also useful for capturing tighter views than a standard lens. Meanwhile the bright f1.2 focal ratio gathers twice as much light as a lens at f1.8, making it ideal in low light situations, while also delivering shallower depth of field effects, again perfect for portrait work or isolating any subject against a blurred background.

The chance came to put the lens to test, with two portraiture sittings in London, featuring Game of Thrones, Stars Julian Glover above and Iain Glen Below. Both were taken in a studio using the Fujifilm X-T1, 56mm F1.2 and Profoto B1s. As you can see the quality of the 56mm is comparable with its full frame and medium format counterparts. The lens is extremely sharp even at low apertures and delivers high quality images. Fujifilm’s X Series cameras and lenses are well worth a look at even if you are considering a professional portrait camera.

Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor.[1] Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones. (Rory Lewis)

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