In the colorful kingdom of Fujifilm; there live a Portrait King. Its name; the XF 56mm F1.2R.
He has been king for very obvious reason in the mirrorless world. A famous household
name. Pretty small and lightweight compere with its full frame system from other kingdom.
Its has help photographers produce gorgeous and creamy bokeh. Until now; there might be
a new King with a slightly longer name.
APD, the 3 letter word that represent the pinnacle of a portrait lens? Is it worth $500
premium? The question will be, if you are already the owner of XF 56mm F1.2, will
you sell its and buy the APD version? And the other question will be if you don’t own
a 56mm and plan to get one, which 56mm should you get? The XF 56mm F1.2 or XF
56mm F1.2 APD. I will take you through the paces and see what is the real difference
between this 2 great lens from Fuji and let you make your own decision.
As you may have read it in the Fuji Kingdom Times, APD stands for apodization. This
lens is a variant of the existing XF56mm, utilizing the same design but adds an apodization
filter. There are 2 aperture rings marking on the lens. This is to help the photographer
understand that there will be a little lost of T-value when using the APD. Is it a big deal
to compensate for the slightly sharper picture and smoother bokeh? This will also lead
to a more three-dimensional result.
Next “major” difference will the the AF. Will be slower because of the added filter?
After trying these 2 lenses in the same indoor condition; I feel its may be 10-20%
slower in the AF department due to the part its uses contrast autofocus. If you are
thinking of adding any of this 2 lens in your collection; do bear in mind that they
serve a very specific purpose; to shoot great portraits. Not sports or street action
Below are some product and portrait to show the differences between the 2 lenses.
Let these pictures do the talking instead of getting too technically about it. Hopefully
with these pictures I am able to show the real difference between this 2 great portrait
lenses. All picture are taken with the camera mounted on a tripod. To show the different
in this two lenses I have not just taken the shot wide at F1.2 but all the way to F5.6.
Finally the million dollar question; or rather the five hundred dollar question. The difference
between the great and the greater is always just abit. To me as a portrait photographer,
that extra sharpness,contrast plus a even creamer bokeh means a lot to my final photo.
Will I get the APD? Its will be a resounding YES. A new Fuji king is crown; at least for me.