Fujifilm launches the NEW Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R lens ...perfect for high quality portraits
Fujifilm has launched the NEW Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R lens – this latest professional-grade addition for its X-Series interchangeable lens cameras is particularly suitable for high quality portraits.
Less than half the size of an equivalent full-frame camera lens the XF56mm F1.2 R offers fast, quiet autofocusing and delivers beautiful bokeh, making it the ideal choice for high quality portraits.
When using the XF56mm with one of two PRO negative modes from the Film Simulation menu on the camera body, photographers can capture beautiful portraits with rich tonal gradations that are reminiscent of images from film cameras.
Complete with impressive attention to design detail, the XF56mm sits comfortably in the hand and includes an external metal aperture ring for a premium quality feel.
Advanced optical features
To achieve impressive results, the new optical design of the XF56mm features 11 elements in eight groups. The design includes two ED (extra low dispersion) elements, one double-sided aspherical element, plus four elements with a convex surface facing the subject, which combine to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations. They ensure the best possible image resolution, even when the lens is at its widest aperture of f/1.2.
Image quality is further enhanced with the help of Fujifilm’s proprietary HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) that’s used on all its lens surfaces to reduce ghosting and flare, while the seven-blade rounded diaphragm produces the creamy smooth bokeh effect that is synonymous with Fujifilm’s XF series lenses.
When the XF56mm F1.2 lens is attached to a body that supports the Lens Modulation Optimiser2, image quality significantly improves thanks to the automatic correction of diffraction when shooting at smaller apertures.
Fast autofocus, quiet operation
A DC coreless motor combined with an inner focus mechanism – which moves small elements in the middle or at the rear of the lens while keeping the large front elements stationery – are boosted further when used with an X-Series camera body that supports phase detection AF.
The structure and positioning of the focusing unit reduces sound and vibration for silent operation. With no lens barrel movement during focusing, the structure effectively prevents dust particles from getting into the lens and degrading image quality.
The Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R features a durable, metal construction – including the aperture and focus rings – to ensure a high quality feel.
The aperture ring is designed to ensure easy detection of ‘clicks’ between f-stops, while the focusing ring is comfortable to use with the perfect amount of torque so you can easily focus with precision.
Fujifilm Australia Product Manager – Consumer Products, Melissa Butcher, said this latest addition to the Fujinon X-Series line-up of high quality lenses provides photographers with a fast portrait lens that exceeds the image quality of full-frame equivalents.
The recommended retail price for the new Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R lens is yet to be advised. It is expected to be available in March 2014.
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