Everyone’s Favorite Fujifilm Lens Is Getting New Life This Year

If you’ve been following along with the Fujifilm X summit, you probably know about some exciting news. For many of us, the XH2s is likely not worth talking about. But, the Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 is getting a revamp. And from what we understand, we can expect it to have the weather resistance it should’ve had in the first place. But there are two other lenses on the map as well. And though Fujifilm has a lot of lens offerings, I still think there’s room for more.

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5 of Our Favorite Portrait Lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series

Looking for some good options in the Fujifilm X-Series for portraits? Well, you’ve come to the right place! 

Portrait photography. Chances are, if you own a stand alone camera, you are probably using it to take portraits, at least on occasion. So it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say you may be in the market for a good lens for just that purpose – portrait photography. Well, if you are new to the Fujifilm X-Series or to mirrorless cameras in general, you may be wondering what your options are for good portrait lenses.

It just so happens that we are here to help you get that figured out. If you are shooting with Fujifilm and you want to do more portraits, definitely consider these lenses.

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Fujifilm’s Prime Lens Trinities: Which Is Right For You?

Fujifilm shooters find themselves in an interesting dilemma of late with there now being two clear prime trinity setups that one could choose from. On one hand you have the newer, weather sealed, and smaller F2 variants in 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm. On the other hand, you have the F1.4 23mm and 35mm, and the F/1.2 56mm.

Each trinity has its pros and cons, and each has uses that work better for some niches of photography than others. So today we wanted to look at Fujifilm’s two prime trinities and sort of break them down to share which you should be considering based on what you shoot and what you are looking for from your prime lenses. Continue reading…

Review: Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR (X Mount)

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As Fujifilm’s longest portrait prime lens to the date of publishing this review, the Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR has been the envy of many Fujifilm photographers. At a $949 price point, the lens incorporates weather sealing but oddly enough no image stabilization. Why? We’re not sure–but it’s got lots of other stuff. This lens incorporates seven aperture blades, three extra low dispersion elements, Super EBC lens coatings, and 11 elements in 8 groups. Weighing 1.19lbs, it’s also fairly hefty for a lens designed for a mirrorless camera system.

One thing’s for sure though: if you’re a Fujifilm user, get ready to fall in love all over again.

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Xpert Advice: Slightly Stop a Lens Down When Focusing on The Eyes in Portraiture

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Lots of folks will tell you that you should always focus on the eyes when shooting a portrait. Why? Because eyes are the metaphorical windows to the soul. It’s very easy for those photographers to also get caught up in shooting portraits with their lenses wide open all the time.

Don’t do that–especially when working with portraits.

If you’re shooting a portrait and the eyes are all that’s in focus, you’re not giving your portrait subject more depth. Instead, try stopping down just a little bit to ensure that the eyes are not only tack sharp but that you also have a bit more in focus–like their face. Sure, the eyes can tell you a lot but so too can the face.

With Fujifilm’s X series interchangeable lens cameras, you don’t need to stop down a lot. Because of the 1.5x crop factor of the APS-C X Trans sensor, you’ll have more in focus at a given aperture than you will with a full frame camera. That means that at f1.2 on the 56mm f1.2 lens, you’ll have the equivalent depth of field of 1.2 x 1.5 which = f1.8’s equivalent depth of field with a full frame camera. So try getting more of your subject in focus rather than just concentrating on just their iris.

For even better results, use Fujifilm’s Astia film rendering. This film was developed for portraiture due to the soft colors and the way that it handles skin tones. We’d also be doing you lots of injustice if we told you to not worry about lighting. Backlighting your subject is often a great method, but try to go for softer light like that from a window.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

Fujifilm Announces 56mm f1.2 R APD and the New 50-140mm f2.8

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That right there is the update to Fujiilm’s venerable 56mm f1.2 lens. This new version has APD affixed to the end of it which stands for apodization. Essentially there is an APD filter in front of the lens element, which helps to sharpen what’s in focus and make bokeh richer. This’ll be a boon for portrait photographers providing that they want to pay the extra money for it and not just do all that work in post-production. It will drop in December for $1499.95.

There’s also the new weather-resistant 50-140mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR. The X-Trans APS-C crop factor gives the lens a 35mm-equivalent field-of-view of 76-213mm. Zooming is internal (which helps with the weather sealing), and the lens can work in temperatures as low as 14 F. It also comes with optical image stabilization, which’ll help in shaky conditions, and the 23 elements in 16 groups help to substantially reduce chromatic aberration. The lens will arrive in December 2014 for $1599.95.

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Review: Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 (X Mount)

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When Fujifilm first unveiled their 56mm f1.2, lots of folks were excited about what would be coming to the system. When we first heard about it, we believed that it needed to be a faster aperture offering due to the fact that the APS-C sensor will have around the same depth of field of an f2 lens on a full frame camera. Then we got the lens in, and began to fall in love with what it could do in the studio.

And after a while of reviewing the lens, we believe that X mount users have a great reason to be excited. But with that said, we recommend it only to those who can make the absolute best of its abilities.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 (X Mount)

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When Fujifilm first announced their 56mm f1.2 lens, everyone got excited. The company announced an f1.2 lens for an APS-C sensor system–truly making it the fastest aperture lens for a mirrorless camera system with autofocus capabilities (Panasonic’s 42.5mm f1.2 has more in focus at a given aperture due to the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor.) and despite the fact that it’s real full frame depth of field equivalent is around f2, that’s still not so bad. With seven aperture blades and a field of view of 84mm, this is perhaps one of Fujifilm’s most specialized lenses ever due to the fact that it begs to shoot portraits.

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