There was much anticipation & hype around the new XF56 1.2 lens by Fujifilm & rightly so it is astonishing!! ..but it comes with a price.
To be fair its well priced for the full time portrait photographer & may find its way into my bag one day if we continue to see some of the fantastic lens rebates that Fuji have been running recently, however stock is in high demand so your lucky if you get your little hands on one!!
I wanted one (who doesnt!) but at this stage i couldn’t justify it as i only occasionally shoot portraits & some financial consideration i decided to look towards a cheaper alternative to the $999 Fuji 56 1.2 lens.
The best thing about the Fuji X series cameras is the focus peaking ability and the ease of use in manual focus, so i went looking towards the legacy alternatives where the 50mm focal length lenses are in abundance from the 35mm SLR film camera era, With the correct $15 lens mount adapter your in business.
I didn’t want the just the standard 50mm focal length though as it can be quite an awkward 75mm length on the crop sensor.
Luckily there are a couple of 56-58mm options around which gives you that closer to 85mm portrait desired length & the Minolta Rokkor 58mm 1.4 was the best bang for buck after much consideration for a mere $130 off Ebay.
It has that solid metal feel build quality! why did camera manufactures go to plastic lenses!!? weight i guess but still these small prime lenses there are no real need for plastic.. It feels amazing. You get the aperture ring which clicks nicely all the way down to 1.4, the focus ring is smooth & weighted! Size & weight of the lens is very similar to the XF18-55mm including the Minolta – to – FujiX lens adapter.
Wide open at 1.4 you get fantastic dreamy bokeh, the bokeh balls are quite amazing! stopped down to 2.0 you start seeing the hexagon shapes appearing.
Look at that lens coating!
Overall i’m really impressed, this covers it all for me and gets me as excited than a couple of fast plastic 50mm prime lens that i’ve used in the past. The manual focus can be tough if your shot is moving or you see something spontaneously occurring, but pulling your subject into focus is an amazing sight through the electronic viewfinder where it shows exactly the area in focus.
So yea if you haven’t tried shooting with a manual lens on your mirrorless system i highly recommend having a play! if not your missing out on the magic!!