Fuji 56mm F1.2 Long Term Review

Sep 20, 2014 - 5:05 AM - by napilopez

Fuji 56mm F1.2 Long Term Review

Fuji's X-system has earned an excellent reputation for its optics in the couple of years since its inception - there's not a single mediocre lens for the mount. Still, though the system launched with an excellent set of primes, the absence of a dedicated portrait lens was a gaping hole in the lineup. Needless to say, the 56mm F1.2 was met with much excitement, and accolades came pouring in from all directions. I've had the chance to use the lens for a long time, and though it's not without its flaws, it's clear Fuji introduced another legendary optic to the market.

Build and Design

The 56mm is crafted in the aesthetic of Fuji's other fast primes: black anodized aluminum with an electronic aperture ring to complement the focusing ring. Like its brethren, it feels solid without being overly heavy. I also found it smaller than expected; it's a large lens, but less so than you'd think for a short tele with an F1.2 aperture and an APS-C image circle. In fact, it's slightly smaller than the Panasonic 42.5mm F1.2, which is designed for a smaller sensor (although that lens features image stabilization, which this one does not). The 56mm is nearly all glass. Just be wary of the included hood though - that will essentially double it in size. The hood does help prevent some flare and contrast... [Read More]
-Napier Lopez
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Featured: 'Weston Super Mare - X100s+TCL-X100' by Iansky

Aug 15, 2014 - 6:43 PM - by Iansky

We did a day trip to Weston on Wed, overcast to start and it cleared up nicely in the afternoon. I took the X100s to try the TCL-X100 lens and I am very pleased with the results, no loss on AF speed and the images seem nice and sharp so as well as being well made, good value for money it also delivers the goods!
Fuji X100s

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Updated Fuji Lens Roadmap Posted

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:42 AM - by Amin Sabet

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Featured: 'Erika' by Billdad

Jul 19, 2014 - 9:11 AM - by Billdad
X-pro1 60mm

Erika by chorkie-dad, on Flickr
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Featured: 'Bees and Butterflies' by Jman13

Jul 04, 2014 - 7:13 PM - by Jman13
Some macro shots with the Zeiss 50 Touit, which I have in for review for the next week.

Fujifilm X-T1 | X-E2 | X-M1
Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye II | XF 14mm f/2.8 | XF 23mm f/1.4 | XF 27mm f/2.8 | XF 35mm f/1.4 | XF 56mm f/1.2 | XF 60mm f/2.4
XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 | XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 | XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8
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Weather-Sealed Fuji XF 18-135mm F3.5-F5.6 R LM OIS WR Officially Announced!

Jun 16, 2014 - 3:58 PM - by napilopez

Fuji got its X-mount off to a great start by using a top-down approach, appealing to enthusiasts and street photographers with fast primes before catering to more general users. As such, one notable gap in the lens line-up was the lack of a jack-of-all trades superzoom. Likewise, the X-T1 was released without a matching weathersealed lens. The newly announced XF 35-135mm should resolve both of these issues.

Some features and specs include:

-27-206mm equivalent focal lengths
-Four aspherical and two ED elements
-Super EBC Lens Coating
-Five-Stop-Effective image stabilization
-Inner focusing System & linear AF motor
-Weather-sealed construction
-67mm filter thread

I'm particularly impressed by the claims of 5-stop IS, as I've generally found Fuji's stabilization system to be among the best I've tried. Even if we only get 3.5 or 4 stops of realistic stabilization performance, I'd be pretty happy.

At $899, it's more expensive than competitor products of similar brightness and zoom range, but this is likely offset by the weather-sealing and general Fujinon quality. You can pre-order the lens at the following links:

B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...1848/KBID/2491
Adorama: http://www.adorama.com/IFJ18135.html
Amazon: ... [Read More]
-Napier Lopez
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Fuji X-T1 Field Review: Fuji Goes Pro

Jun 10, 2014 - 12:55 AM - by napilopez
Fuji X-T1 Field Review: Fuji Goes Pro

Fuji's X-T1 has probably been the most anticipated camera of 2014 so far. The X system has already established a strong following thanks to its old-school approach to photography, with a retro design and plethora of physical controls for exposure parameters, as well as quite possibly the greatest selection and roadmap of lenses for any new camera system ever. But as mirrorless bodies push forward from being solely consumer and enthusiast cameras to occupying to professional/semi-professional products that can take on DSLRs, Fuji had a large gap to fill.

The X-T1, Fuji hopes, could change that. I've shot with it extensively over the past few weeks, and from the get-go it's obvious that this is the best camera Fuji has ever made. A humongous, high resolution viewfinder, 8fps with PDAF-based continuous autofocus, and more knobs and dials than you can shake a stick at guarantee that. Still, the camera does have its quirks and foibles, and with action-oriented competitors like the GH4 and A6000 building a presence of their own, how does the X-T1 fare in the fray?

Hardware and Design

You really can't knock Fuji for its design; the X-T1 has quite possibly my... [Read More]
-Napier Lopez
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Featured: 'I love, love, love my 10-24' by Mikey

May 21, 2014 - 1:32 PM - by Mikey
I know quite a few people snagged the awesome deal from Cameraland last week yet I should say that the 10-24 is worth every cent even at full price. Makes for the perfect travel lens for cityscapes and architecture.

Just wanted to share a few photos I snapped these during a recent trip to Chicago. Though I wasn't able to stay an extra day for the Sunday meetup, I still had the pleasure to shoot with Calvin (aka dptcalvin). Awesome, stand up guy. We braved the cold windy weather to shoot the skyline from the Planetarium (second photo below).

As always, C&C's are welcome.

My first night I was set on getting a skyline shot from the Planetarium. Never mind that it was raining and that the wind was blowing very hard. Ruined an umbrella in the process.

Attempt #2 (the day after) -- there was less wind yet Calvin and I were disappointed that there was little to no reflection in the water

Looking up at the Hancock Building

View from the Signature Lounge

Got up early my last day there since my non-photographer friend really wanted to see the sunrise over at the Planetarium (yes, I ended up visiting the Planetarium 3 times over this visit)

Bean (aka Cloud Gate) -- it was still early enough that there were few people there (cloned a couple of people out -- hope it's not too obvious since LR5 still doesn't... [Read More]
Fuji X-E2, X-T1 + 18-55/2.8-4, 14/2.8, 55-200/3.5-4.8, 23/1.4, 56/1.2, 10-24/4


If someone's in need of a second (or third) shooter for a gig in either the Cincy or NYC area, (ahem) I'm available for hire. I'll work for free, just feed me.
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Featured: 'Landscapes from Zamboanga City, Philippines ( XT1 + 10-24)' by gidferrer

May 09, 2014 - 10:10 AM - by gidferrer
I recently visited my mom's province here in Zamboanga City, Phils. The local beach was just 15 minutes away, so I went 3 days in a row. Im back in Manila, and here are some images I would like to share.

OVERBOARD / shot at about 5pm and using a 9 stop + CPL to get that silky smooth water effect.

SKY FIRE / first day light gave me this visual ray. The colors popped while the sun went fading below the horizon

IN THE DARK / opted to darken out the surrounding to give emphasis on the moss covered rock

Thanks for viewing. Will post more soon.

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Choose Your Own Max Image Viewing Size in the FujiXspot Forums

May 04, 2014 - 7:14 PM - by Amin Sabet
You can now choose your own maximum image viewing dimensions by selecting the corresponding forum style from the drop-down menu in the far bottom left corner of any forum page.

If you choose one of the default/standards styles, then any image posted at greater than 1024px size will automatically be resized to 1024px for your viewing. This has been the case for some time now. However, now there are two other options. The options marked "for H-Res displays" will only resize images for viewing if they are larger than 2048px, whereas those designated "for smaller displays" will display images only to a maximum dimension of 512px.

The idea is for everyone to be able to view images as high-res as possible without having to do horizontal scrolling to read forum posts. I'm planning to embed my Flickr photos at the 1600px size going forward.

Hope you enjoy this change!
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