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Side by Side Comparison: XF56mm F1.2 R Lens vs XF56mm F1.2 R APD Lens

Posted by Leigh Diprose

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Last week, I released the second edition of What XF Lens Should I Buy? The response from the community was very positive, however I did receive a few questions asking if I could show the difference between the XF56mm F1.2 R and the XF56mm F1.2 R APD as both lenses looked very similar on paper.

I'm happy to announce your requests have been answered in the form of a side by side comparison. To test the lenses I setup two Fujifilm X-T1's and attached a XF56mm F1.2 R lens onto one of the bodies and the highly anticipated XF56mm F1.2 R APD lens on the other.

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There were a few controls I put in place to make the comparison as close as possible. First, I navigated through the camera's setup menu and located the 'Reset' menu, I then proceed to reset the 'Shooting Menu' and 'Set-up'. Once this was complete I removed the Fujifilm UV filters from both lenses and cleaned the front element using a lens cloth. All images were captured in Aperture Priority using a 2 second self timer with electronic shutter turned off.  A 3 Legged Thing Tripod was used to ensure there was no camera movement during the exposure and all images bar the last two were photographed in a RAW format. Images were then exported as .jpegs using Lightroom 5.0 with no editing or alterations.

As you look through the images you may notice a trend. In the majority of lighting situations the shutter speed of the XF56mm F1.2 R APD was approximately doubled when compared against the XF56mm F1.2 R lens. Both lenses performed really well, so if you're thinking about adding either lens to your kit, I wouldn't hesitate. The images speak for themselves.

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD  - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/1900 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/1100 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/640 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/3500 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/1700 second

 

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/220 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/120 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/140 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/70 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/220 second 

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/105 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/45 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/20 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/150 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/75 second

On the final image I opted to use a different method, instead of photographing side by side I used one camera and simply changed the lenses around. I also photographed in manual mode at ISO 100.

From the results the XF56mm F1.2 R APD lens performed better in brighter conditions. Take a look at the fronds of the plants, in the top image the highlights (bright areas in the image) are blown out resulting in a loss of image data, whereas on the image photographed with the XF56mm F1.2 R APD (bottom image) the fronds can be seen without any highlights. If I wished to correct the top image I would have turned on the Electronic Shutter within the Fujifilm X-T1's menu, but I instead decided to leave it off so the control was maintained.

Aside from the highlights I found the tops of the buildings (located to the horizon on the right side of the image) in the image photographed with the XF56mm F1.2 R APD  far more pleasing when compared against the lower priced XF56mm F1.2 R lens (top image).

 

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R - ISO 100 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

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Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R APD - ISO 100 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

So based on these test images what would your choice be?

The XF56mm F1.2 R or the XF56mm F1.2 R APD? Let us know why in the comments below.

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