Problem choosing......

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by mikEm13, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. mikEm13

    mikEm13 FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 7, 2017
    I usually make my own choices when it come to buying a lens since Im the one that knows what and how I shoot but Im having a problem choosing between the 56 f1.2 and the 50 f2. Anyone that has used or owned, or own's these can give their opinions it would be appreciated.
     
  2. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    That is really going to be a personal preference thing. Both are fantastic lenses. If you want/need weather sealing, the 50 is the only choice. If you want/need completely crushed out of focus backgrounds and 1.2 aperture, the 56 is the only choice. Both will give you incredible image quality and rendering. Although each lens renders differently. Look through as many sample images from each that you can and see if you prefer the look of one over the other.
     
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  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    The 50 is really compelling - and I say that as a guy who's owned the 56 since it came out, and who loves it.

    - 50: Smaller, lighter, sealed, max app is fast enough, quicker AF, exactly half the price, and slightly easier to use as a walkaround with the wider focal length.
    - 56: Pours your backgrounds into a blender / selects "puree" / lets them spin for 5 minutes until they're just impressionist paintings. AF speed is pretty good, just not as good. It's not huge, or beastly heavy, just bigger than the 50... I still use it to walk around, at campfires, at bike races, on trips.
     
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  4. Covey22

    Covey22 FujiXspot Veteran

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    Armando J. Heredia
    Except for days like today (Hurricane Grayson currently overhead), I don't miss the WR as much. I will admit - I am a staunch believer in the Pete "Maverick" Mitchell Philosophy: "I feel the need. The Need...for Speed!" :D

    The 56 is like a Bowie knife - totally overkill for General Photography, but if you must cut something efficiently and easily, break it out and watch the crowd scatter. It is not as compact as the Fujicrons, but it's not a brick either. I carry mine on an XT-10 in one of the smallest Lowepro holsters currently available. I love f1.2, I really do - and I suspect you will too.
     
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  5. mikEm13

    mikEm13 FujiXspot Regular

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    I like WR but really haven't needed it, at least up to now. I realize it is larger and heaver then the 50 f2 but I do not have a problem carrying the 16 around and the 56 is the same size and only 30g heaver then the 16. The f1.2 is appealing to me. I also own the 23 f1.4 and 35 f1.4 so focus speed shouldn't be a problem unless one of you have noticed it being slower then these two.

    I have looked at a lot of pictures of both lenses and honestly find them both pleasing to me. The only problem with looking at other peoples pictures is that you don't really know if or how much processing they've had.

    When I look back at my response it seems that Im leaning toward the 56.
     
  6. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    (Focus speed) it's faster than the 35, and I would say on par with the 23...? I've never noticed a difference, anyway, which should be all that matters.
     
  7. mikEm13

    mikEm13 FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 7, 2017
    I appreciate the help you guys gave. I went ahead and ordered the 56.
     
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  8. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Twilli53 Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida, USA
    Tim Williams
    I'm going through the early stages of this selection process as this is a gap in my primes, and I have made the same decision. When it comes time to pull the trigger the background blender will get the nod.
     
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  9. mikEm13

    mikEm13 FujiXspot Regular

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  10. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
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  11. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Veteran

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    May 25, 2017
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    Merlin Emrys
    You will LOVE it!
     
  12. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Twilli53 Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
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    Tim Williams
    Yes, blended, not stirred. Nice
     
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  13. Covey22

    Covey22 FujiXspot Veteran

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    Armando J. Heredia
    Caution: Edges May Be Sharp

    ALH-PRT-JUN-2016-004-Edit.
    CRH-PRT-JUN-2016-001-Edit.
     
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  14. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I know I'm late to this debate, but I wanted to draw an analogy. I have both lenses from new and about the only things they have in common are the mount, the (approximate) focal length and of course optical excellence.

    So how to choose?
    Let me express it in these terms.

    You want a coffee. Sometimes you want a short, intense caffiene hit. An espresso. Sometimes you feel the need for something a little longer, smoother - a latte, perhaps.

    Both are made with coffee beans but they are totally different in appearance and in results.

    I'm not sure that I'm actually helping, but...
     
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  15. mikEm13

    mikEm13 FujiXspot Regular

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    When the lens comes Ill take a sip and and see what I got.:)
     
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