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Photographing Wide Open with the XF56mm F1.2 Lens

Posted by Leigh Diprose

You may have heard about the XF56mm F1.2 before and read a bunch of reviews, but today I wanted to show you some of the results I'm getting whenever I use this stunning lens.

The main kit combination I use with this lens happens to be the X-T1, however more recently I've been using the new X-T10.


X-T10 - XF56mm F1.2 APD - F1.2 - 1/5400 second

I've found the sharpness, colour and bokeh from this newer camera to be exactly the same as the X-T1 (due to the same sensor). The bokeh produced by the XF56mm at F1.2 when photographing in aperture priority is simply stunning. If you're after images that stand out then you should definitely check out this lens. 



X-T1 - XF56mm F1.2 - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

When you purchase either the XF56mm F1.2 or XF56mm F1.2 APD from your favourite Australian retailer there's a few things you might want to change in your camera that will make your photographic experience more pleasant.

First navigate to your cameras setup menu and turn on the electronic stutter (shown as MS+ES).  This shutter can be selected on either the X-T1 or its 'baby brother,' the X-T10.


X-T10 - XF56mm F1.2 APD - F1.2 - 1/3000 second

The reason you would want this feature on is, when you're photographing wide open (using the largest aperture of F1.2 on the lens), the lens will let in copious amounts of light. Based on this, your camera will automatically want to use a high shutter speed when you're photographing wide open at F1.2 so it won't over expose the photo.



X-T10 - XF56mm F1.2 APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/15000 second

If it's a very bright scene the shutter speed the camera will most likely select will be over 1/4000 of a second. This is where the Electronic Shutter (ES) automatically kicks in. With this feature turned on you'll be able to photograph with a shutter speed that goes up to 1/32000 of a second instead of the maximum 1/4000 that's offered with the Mechanical Shutter (MS). What this means for your photography is you can now get some amazing results when photographing into the sun - while using the wide open aperture of F1.2.


X-T10 - XF56mm F1.2 APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/3000 second




X-T10 - XF56mm F1.2 APD - ISO 200 - F1.2 - 1/10500 second

The other thing I always do is photograph with spot metering selected. As explained here, spot metering will expose correctly on the face of the person I'm photographing ensuring that the photo is going to look its best.


X-T10 - XF56mm F1.2 APD - F1.2 - 1/4000 second

If you're after photographs with great depth of field like these images then I can highly recommend you try out the XF56mm F1.2 or XF56mm F1.2 APD for your next photography shoot - you won't be disappointed! To find your local X-Series retailer click here.