As 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 Gloverabove and Iain GlenBelow. 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.